COVID-19: NB Premier to place province under stricter Level 3 restrictions

All New Brunswick health zones will move to level 3 of the COVID-19 alert system as of 11:59 p.m. Friday.

Premier Blaine Higgs said at Thursday’s COVID-19 briefing that Level 3 will last for 16 days, or until Jan. 30.

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According to the provincial website, Tier 3 restrictions include the following:

  • Single-family bubble
  • No public gatherings indoors
  • Closure of gyms, spas and entertainment centers
  • Restaurants can only operate take-out and delivery
  • Retail: encouraging the use of contactless curbside pickup and/or designating someone in the household to do the shopping if possible to reduce contact
  • Religious venues can only hold outdoor, virtual or drive-in services
  • Organized sports not allowed
  • Organized sports and all other organized activities are not allowed with people outside of a single family bubble
  • Outdoor exercise or activities such as skiing, skating or snowmobiling are permitted, as long as public health measures are followed and you are in your unique household bubble
  • Pavilions and other facilities that support outdoor sports must not exceed 50% of their capacity and must not allow the consumption of food or drink inside.

“Think of it as short-term pain for long-term gain,” Higgs said.

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“Going to level 3 was never something I wanted to do and I really hate taking the step.”

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He said there are currently 105 New Brunswickers hospitalized with COVID-19 and 386 medical staff are in isolation after testing positive.

The province expects 220 active hospitalizations by the start of February and it could see more than 5,000 new cases each day if trends continue.

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