COVID-19: Most of NB onto Next Stage of Phase 3
With 14 active cases of the Coronavirus, New Brunswick’s Campbellton region (Zone 5) remains at Phase 2 (Orange) of the Province’s Recovery Plan. However, for the rest of the province, June 5th marked another key step in Phase 3 (Yellow).
A further reduction in restrictions includes allowing indoor gatherings in private homes of 10 people or fewer, and outdoor public gatherings of 50 people or fewer with physical distancing. As well, religious services with 50 people or fewer, including weddings and funerals, can take place with physical distancing. Elective surgeries will increase. Outdoor visitation will be permitted, limited to two visitors, at long-term care facilities. Low-contact team sports (for example, baseball) are now permitted with conditions. Playgrounds are open (more). Also allowed to open now, with physical distancing and capacity limits, are public swimming pools, waterparks, gyms, and dance studios. All of the specifics can be found in the NB Public Health press release (click here).
Meantime, the Province is serious about people wearing facemasks. The latest directives from NB Public Health under the COVID-19 State of Emergency state that when outside the home, and in any location where physical distancing of 2m is not possible, people MUST wear a face covering over their nose and mouth. And effective June 9th, everyone entering a building open to the general public MUST wear a face covering.
No new cases of COVID-19 were announced in the June 5th update by Public Health – one day after New Brunswick’s first death in connection with the Coronavirus was reported. Of the 136 confirmed cases in the province to date, there have been 121 recoveries. Of the 14 active cases, four are in hospital with one in ICU. There have been 32,954 tests conducted so far.
June 5th "Yellow" Update