Zones 1, 5 moving back to Orange Level in NB - Blog - K94.5
October 9, 2020 | by: TonyEnman

Zones 1, 5 moving back to Orange Level in NB

It was announced that Zone 1 (Moncton region) and Zone 5 (Campbellton region) are transitioning back to Orange level, as of midnight tonight, under the province’s COVID-19 recovery plan.

Public Health recommended that Zone 1 return to the Orange level due to additional potential public exposures to the virus identified through the investigation of existing cases, instances of possible community transmission, and reports of low compliance with public health measures in some higher-risk settings. The recommendation for Zone 5 is due to a community outbreak involving several settings with potential exposures to the virus, instances of possible community transmission and reports of low compliance with public health measures in some higher-risk settings.

“We understand this is difficult for residents in these zones and it is not a decision we made lightly,” said Premier Blaine Higgs. “This is a critical moment for our province. If we all do our part and follow the simple rules in place to protect us, we can turn things around. We all have a responsibility to follow Public Health directives. This will help prevent the current number of cases in the province from escalating too quickly and getting out of control.

Subject to the Public Health and WorkSafeNB COVID-19 general guidance, the following activities are allowed:

  • Two household bubble plus formal or informal caregivers and members of immediate family (parents, children, siblings and grand-parents) is permitted.
  • Outdoor gatherings with physical distancing of 10 people or fewer are permitted. Physical distancing required in all other settings.
  • Indoor religious services, weddings and funerals of 10 people or fewer are permitted.
  • Face masks remain mandatory in all public spaces, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Non-urgent medical procedures and elective surgeries allowed.
  • Strict visitor restrictions are maintained in vulnerable settings.
  • Primary care providers and regulated health professionals may operate utilizing virtual appointments whenever possible.
  • Unregulated health professionals are allowed, however, close contact personal services such as barbers, hair stylists or spas are closed.
  • Daycares and K to 12 schools are open under strict guidance, with virtual learning to be used for at-risk populations. Day camps are allowed.
  • Post-secondary education can continue to operate.
  • Outdoor recreational activities are allowed, including campgrounds, ATV or snowmobile trails. However, no organized sports are allowed.
  • Gym and fitness facilities are closed, including other similar sport or recreational businesses or facilities.
  • Casinos, amusement centres, bingo halls, arcades, cinemas and large live performance venues are closed.
  • All other businesses, including food, beverage and retail, can operate under a COVID-19 operational plan. Record keeping for seated venues is a requirement.

All other zones in New Brunswick remain at the Yellow level. During this time, Public Health measures and guidelines must still be followed.

In Orange Level zones, masks are mandatory in ALL indoor and outdoor public places. Public spaces include:

  • Areas in the public and where employees interact (retail businesses, malls, service centres, places of worship, restaurants and bars except while eating, etc.) and organized indoor gatherings in public spaces (e.g. weddings, funerals, etc.)
  • Common areas like lobbies, elevators and hallways, and public shared spaces including those in private sector and government workspaces
  • Public transportation
  • Outdoor public spaces are anywhere other than the yard of a private single dwelling residence where the public congregate, such as parks, playgrounds, markets, festivals, dog parks, etc.