New Brunswick's COVID-19 Alert Levels
Red COVID-19 alert level
Strict controls to flatten the curve and contain the virus as quickly as possible. COVID-19 is no longer controlled in the province.
Available services are limited to those that are essential, with mandatory public health measures in place such as physical distancing, business closures and travel restrictions.
- A single household bubble includes the people you live with. Where required, a single household bubble can be extended to include:
- A family member that needs support from someone within the household
- One other person who needs support (for example, someone who lives alone, or another family member).
- Household bubble can be extended to include children for informal child care or learning services; not from more than one household
- Indoor – Your household bubble
- Outdoor – 5 people or less with masks and physical distancing
- Masks are mandatory in indoor public places.
- Masks are required in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing of 2 metres cannot be maintained.
- Face masks are required when accessing goods though a drive-thru window. Masks are required for workers and any occupants of the vehicle who will be within 2 metres of the drive-thru window
Business / Retail
- Open with a COVID-19 operational plan
- Active screening of staff
- Mandatory mask at all times except when alone in personal work space
- Common areas for breaks are either closed or monitored continuously. Supervision will ensure compliance with distancing, use of masks (when required) and keep records of names and times of those in attendance.
- Drive-thru, takeout and delivery only
- Public spaces such as casinos, amusement centres, bingo halls, arcades, cinemas and large live performance venues are closed.
Gyms & Fitness
- Gym and fitness facilities are closed, including other similar close contact sport or recreational businesses or facilities
Spas / Salons
- Personal services such as barbers, hair stylists or spas are closed.
- Daycares remain open with appropriate guidance.
- K to 12 schools remain open with enhanced health and safety measures including:
- Students and staff stay home if they have even one symptom of COVID-19.
- School staff are actively screened for COVID-19 when they report to work each day.
- If a positive case of COVID-19 is confirmed at a school in the Red level, the school will be closed for a minimum of three days to allow for contact tracing. All school personnel will be required to get a COVID-19 test at a provincial assessment centre.
- Closed to students except to operate in-person for all practical programs and maintain essential laboratory activities . Open to staff to allow virtual learning and maintenance.
Recreation / Sport
- Organized sporting activity is prohibited for game play, competition, or practice
- Exercising alone or with persons in your bubble is permitted
Faith venues and services
- Virtual or drive-in service only
- Funerals limited to single-household bubble
- Religious leaders are permitted to hold virtual gatherings where the celebrant and up to 4 can gather with physical distancing to conduct and broadcast the gathering
- Outdoor religious services are permitted where congregants remain in their vehicles at all times
- Necessary travel only is recommended in and out of Red level zones, however, people can continue to travel within the province for work, school, child care, essential errands and medical appointments.
- Public Transit can operate with 2m distancing between riders AND continuous use of a mask. Ensure space is available for individuals who require 2m distancing for medical reasons (e.g. immunocompromised and those that can’t wear mask).
- Driving with members of your single household bubble or caregiver is permitted and masks are not required.
- Carpooling with others for work, school, medical appointments, or to access essential services such as groceries is permitted. When carpooling, continuous masking and maintaining physical distancing is required. If possible, only transport passengers outside your single household bubble in the back seat. Drivers must screen potential passengers for signs of illness, and drivers or passengers who are ill or who have been told to self-isolate by Public Health must stay home. Maximize ventilation in the vehicle, and do not recirculate the air. Clean and disinfect all surfaces that may have been touched by the passenger.
- Non-urgent medical procedures and elective surgeries could be postponed
- Primary care providers and regulated health professionals may operate utilizing virtual whenever possible.
Long-term care facilities
- Strict visitor restrictions in health and long-term care facilities and similar vulnerable settings.
Unregulated health professionals
- Unregulated health professionals may operate under a COVID-19 operational plan, with enhanced public health measures such as active screening of patrons, closed waiting rooms and enhanced barriers.