COVID-19: Impact on Yard Sales

The onset of warm weather brings with it the weekend tradition of yard sales. Top of mind for many of us right now is whether or not yard sales are permitted to take place during this unprecedented Coronavirus global pandemic. The short answer to this question is, yes, but with conditions set down by the New Brunswick Government. Here’s what the Emergency Measures Organization has told the Village of Salisbury:
- Yard sales can occur during the current phase of the NB Recovery Plan, but everyone still must follow the Order (ie. State of Emergency directives):
- Landowner must prevent gatherings of more than 10 people, including themselves.
- Yard sale can be outside only.
- Homeowners cannot allow buyers into their homes.
- Buyers and sellers must wear masks if they cannot maintain a 2 metre distance from one another.
- Buyers and sellers are advised to follow disinfection practices and guidelines of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

COVID-19: NB Reporting No Cases

The May 19th report from the province indicated that there were no new cases of COVID-19 in New Brunswick -- in fact, there are no active cases at all. Of the confirmed 120 cases of the Coronavirus in the province, all 120 have recovered. To date, there have been 20,791 tests conducted in New Brunswick.

the province is in Phase 2 (Orange) of the COVID-19 recovery, which is aimed at the reopening of businesses and activities while working to prevent a resurgence of the spread of the virus. More information on Phase 2 is available online ( here ).

NB Enters Next Phase of Coronavirus Recovery

Announced by Premier Blaine Higgs on May 8th, New Brunswick's COVID-19 recovery plan has transitioned to Phase 2. This means businesses and activities can carefully reopen, ie. with conditions (physical distancing, etc.). This includes, but is not limited to, retail stores and restaurants; as well as daycares, offices, libraries, museums, zoos, campgrounds, and ATV trails. As well, elective surgeries can start taking place again and non-emergency health services, including dentists and physiotherapists, can reopen. Outdoor public gatherings, with physical distancing, of 10 or fewer people are now permitted. Also permitted are indoor public gatherings, again, with physical distancing, of 10 or fewer people for in-person religious services, weddings and funerals. Face masks will be required to be worn in public if physical distancing cannot be maintained. Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Jennifer Russell, says it is expected that New Brunswickers will continue to limit close contact to those only within their two-household bubble. ( Full_NB_press_release )

Meantime, no new cases of COVID-19 were reported in New Brunswick on May 8th, putting the total number of confirmed cases in the province at 120 since the outbreak began, only two of which remain active cases. The province has conducted 17,029 tests to date.

No New Cases of COVID-19; State of Emergency Extended

On May 7th, with the number of cases of the Coronavirus in New Brunswick at 120, including 118 recoveries, the provincial government announced that the State of Emergency due to the global pandemic has been formally extended for another 14 days. Some parts of the emergency order have been clarified to ensure that residents and business owners understand what they can and cannot do; for example, restaurants offering take-out must ensure physical distancing of customers who are on the premises waiting for their food, and that property owners must take steps to prevent gatherings.

According to the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization, police have been receiving hundreds of calls weekly from people concerned about violations of the order. While most situations are resolved through education, there have been 99 tickets issued with fines ranging from $292.50 to $10,200. Anyone with questions, comments or concerns regarding compliance with the State of Emergency can call 1-844-462-8387 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or email

Meantime, this being National Mental Health Week, the provincial government is encouraging New Brunswickers to take care of their emotional health during this challenging time and, if necessary, do not hesitate to reach out for help. Talking with one another and maintaining connections is so important. ( press_release )

NB Reports New Case of COVID-19

The May 6th update from the New Brunswick government revealed that there is one new confirmed case of COVID-19 in the province (more). This brings the NB total to 120 cases since the onset of the global pandemic. The new case, which has not required hospitalization, is one of only two active cases in the province, as the other 118 have all recovered. To date in New Brunswick, 16,246 tests have been conducted for the Coronavirus.

Meantime, the Province has announced a program to fund online performances (detailsduring the pandemic.
And the provincial education department is putting money toward e-learning technology for students lacking access to devices and/or internet service (details).

New Brunswick Museum Seeks Coronavirus Essays

During this unprecedented COVID-19 global pandemic, the New Brunswick Museum is reaching out to children and adults in the province, encouraging them to submit their experiences during this time as a way of recording this historic event for future generations to learn from. It's a chance to win a prize for those who take part by offering their stories about the activities, events and thoughts being experienced during this difficult time... More

NB Extends State of Emergency Two More Weeks (May 1, 2020)

On April 30th, New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs announced that the province’s State of Emergency due to the COVID-19 global pandemic would be extended to May 14th. Details can be found in the press release here. The release also contains information on job protection measures for those not able to work due to the Coronavirus, whether it is because they are a patient, a caregiver, or directed by Public Health to self-isolate or quarantine themselves; and information on a virtual job-matching platform to connect New Brunswickers with positions that, in the past, have been filled by temporary foreign workers.

Meantime, the April 30th NB case information on COVID-19 revealed that, for the 12th consecutive day, the province’s number of confirmed cases was 118, of which 114 people have recovered. There have been no deaths from COVID-19 in New Brunswick. Of the four remaining active cases in the province, none are hospitalized. To date in New Brunswick, 14,117 tests have been conducted.

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