Citing a manageable pace of COVID-19 hospitalizations, New Brunswick will return to Level 2 of the Province’s coronavirus Winter plan as of 11:59pm, January 28th. Public Health urges New Brunswickers to get their vaccinations and boosters, wear masks and maintain physical distance in public, and remain vigilant in the fight against the spread of the highly contageous Omicron variant.
A return to Level 2 means: venues and businesses are capped at 50 per cent capacity with spacing; patrons of restaurants and gatherings are required to prove full vaccination; businesses closed under Level 3 (eg. salons, gyms) are permitted to reopen under these same rules; and contacts are expanded to a steady 10 per household. Full details via the New Brunswick Government press release at https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/news/news_release.2022.01.0049.html.
On January 27th, Public Health reported 141 people in hospital with COVID-19, including eight in intensive care. Three more deaths from the coronavirus included a person in their 70s in Zone 1 (Moncton region). Meantime, 479 health-care workers who have tested positive for the virus are isolating.