COVID-19 alert system

A three-level COVID-19 system to provide guidance to all New Brunswickers to better protect themselves.


What you need to know

"With the colder weather, and especially with the holiday season approaching, New Brunswickers will begin to spend more time indoors with friends and family.  It is so important that we have a clear plan in place that allows us to live with the COVID-19 virus and protect our health-care system while minimizing the impact on the every day lives of our residents.”

The plan consists of a three-level system, with each level providing guidance and measures to limit the spread of the virus.


Effective Friday, Jan. 14, at 11:59 p.m., all areas of the province are in Level 3 of the system. 

“It is so important for us to follow public health measures and keep our contacts as close as possible this winter. We are still seeing a lot of spread through household gatherings and know that unvaccinated individuals continue to be at high risk for becoming seriously ill, so I really urge you, if you are not going to be vaccinated, to limit your exposures to others. The risk is very high. We know that New Brunswickers are tired of ongoing restrictions, and we want you to be able to have as little disruption as possible over the next few months.”

 


Current levels

Last updated: 2022-01-13

Level 3 measures now in effect
New Brunswick to return to Level 2 of winter plan on Friday at 11:59 p.m.

Level 1

No zones are at this level at this time


Level 2

No zones are at this level at this time


Level 3

Zone 1 (Moncton region)

Zone 2 (Saint John region)

Zone 3 (Fredericton region)

Zone 4 (Edmundston region)

Zone 5 (Campbellton region)

Zone 6 (Acadie-Bathurst region)

Zone 7 (Miramichi region)



Bubble / Social Gathering

Level 1

Maximum of 20 people for indoor informal gatherings

Maximum of 50 people for outdoor informal gatherings

Due to the higher risk, indoor social gatherings are not recommended for vaccine-eligible people who are unvaccinated

Level 2

Steady 10 - households must limit their contacts to a maximum of 10 consistent contacts

Indoor and outdoor informal gatherings permitted with household plus Steady 10

Level 3

Single-household bubble **

** A single-household bubble includes the people you live with. Where required, a single-household bubble can be extended to include: caregiver(s), a family member that needs support from someone within the household, one other person who needs support (ex: someone who lives alone, or another family member). A single-household bubble can extend care to children from another household bubble for the purposes of informal daycare/online education support. This must be the same household bubble for the duration of Level 3.


Public Gatherings (all venues)

Level 1

Open and patrons must show proof of full vaccination

People must remain seated

Level 2

* Venues cannot have events with more than 50% capacity

* People must remain seated and masked at all times unless eating or drinking

Patrons must show proof of full vaccination

Level 3

Not permitted


Masks

Level 1

Masks mandatory in indoor public places

Masks required in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing cannot be maintained

Level 2

Same as Level 1

Level 3

Same as Level 1


Restaurants

Level 1

Patrons must show proof of full vaccination or medical exemption

Patrons must remain seated

Level 2

Patrons must show proof of full vaccination or medical exemption

50% capacity

Physical distancing of two metres or barriers between tables

Level 3

Drive-thru, takeout, and delivery only


Business / Retail

Level 1

Open with physical distancing of two metres

Level 2

Open with 50% capacity in addition to Level 1 requirements

Where possible, encourage work from home

Level 3

* Same as Level 2

* People are encouraged to use contactless curbside pickup and/or designate one person from the household to go shopping if feasible to reduce contacts


Gyms

Level 1

Open with proof of full vaccination

Level 2

Open with proof of full vaccination

50% capacity

Physical distancing of two metres

Level 3

Closed


Spas / Salons

Level 1

Open with physical distancing between patrons or can require proof of full vaccination from all vaccine-eligible patrons

Level 2

Open with proof of full vaccination

50% capacity

Physical distancing of two metres or barriers

Level 3

Closed


Entertainment centres

Level 1

Open with proof of full vaccination

Level 2

Open with proof of full vaccination

50% capacity

Physical distancing of two metres

Level 3

Closed


Schools / Daycares

Level 1

Refer to Healthy and Safe Schools guidelines

Level 2

Refer to Healthy and Safe Schools guidelines

Level 3

Refer to Healthy and Safe Schools guidelines


Faith venues

Level 1

Patrons must show proof of full vaccination or medical exemption

or

Physical distancing; operating at 50% capacity; no singing; collecting names of attendees by row or having a consistent assigned seating plan is required for gatherings without proof of vaccination

Level 2

No choirs

Singing - one soloist permitted four metres minimum from congregation

50% capacity and physical distancing

Level 3

Outdoor, virtual, or in-car religious services only 


Recreation / Sport

Level 1

Permitted

Level 2

* Refer to Level 2 Sport, Music And Recreation Guidance for full guidelines that include updates to:

  • Return to Sport for Children under 12
  • Return to Sport for Youth 12 and older
  • University and semi-professional leagues
  • Recreational Activities (Non-Sport) For Children Under 12
  • Music group activities for Children under 12
  • Music group activities for Youth and Adults over 12

* University and semi-professional leagues are permitted to resume under established protocols for their leagues 

Spectators must show proof of full vaccination or medical exemption 50% capacity for spectators

Level 3

Organized sports and all other organized activities are not permitted with people outside a single-household bubble

Outdoor exercise or activities like skiing, skating or snowmobiling are permitted, as long as Public Health measures are followed and you are within your single-household bubble

Lodges and other facilities that support outdoor sport must not exceed 50% capacity and must not permit food or drink to be consumed indoors


Travel

Level 1

All travellers must register travel or have a multi-use pass, including New Brunswickers returning to the province

Unvaccinated people entering New Brunswick are required to isolate and take a test on Day 10

International travellers must follow federal government testing and isolation guidelines.

Level 2

Same as Level 1

Travellers must follow Public Health measures when in New Brunswick including wearing a mask, physical distancing and staying within their Steady10

Level 3

* Same as Level 1

* Travellers must follow Public Health measures when in New Brunswick including wearing a mask, physical distancing and staying within their single-household bubble


Funerals and Weddings

Level 1

* People must show proof of full vaccination

* People must follow public health guidance (i.e. mask, physical distancing, etc.)

 

Level 2

* Same as Level 1

* Venues cannot have events with more than 50% capacity

* People must remain seated and masked at all times unless eating or drinking

 

Level 3

* Same as Level 1

* Wakes and funeral services are permitted but limited to one household bubble in attendance at a time, in addition to funeral home staff and one cleric, with staff and clergy.

* Weddings are permitted but limited to the couple plus one household bubble and one officiant.

 


Contact Tracing & Isolation in all Levels

If you tested positive using a rapid test or lab-based PCR test, you will need to inform your close contacts and your employer.

All household contacts, must isolate for:

  • 5 days if they are fully vaccinated, and
  • 10 days if not fully vaccinated
  • Isolation period starts the day your household member tested positive.

All non-household close contacts, must:

  • Self monitor for symptoms for 10 days regardless of vaccination status
  • If close contacts develop any symptoms, they should complete the online assessment form

 


Assessment criteria

Criteria that will inform Public Health when conducting a risk assessment to determine if a zone or region needs to move into or out of an Level.

Any one item can lead to a risk assessment and does not mean an area automatically changes Levels.

Public Health and regional health authorities will evaluate the situation and make recommendations to government based on the following factors:

Assessment criteria (PDF)

Public Health criteria to conduct a risk assessment into or out of an Level.

Increasing levels

Moving from Level 1 to Level 2

  • Increasing 7-day average of new cases
  • Positivity rate of 10% provincially or in any single zone
  • 70 active hospitalizations provincially or 30 active ICU hospitalizations
  • Public Health resources unable to contact cases or sites of exposure within reasonable time frame

Moving from Level 2 to Level 3

  • Increasing 7-day average of new cases
  • Positivity rate of 15% provincially or in any single zone
  • 100 active hospitalizations provincially or 50 active ICU hospitalizations
  • Increasing 7-day average new hospital admissions
  • Public Health resources unable to maintain and manage contact tracing

Decreasing levels

Moving back to Level 2:

  • Decreasing 7-day average of new cases
  • Decreasing 7-day average of new hospital admissions

Moving back to Level 1:

  • Decreasing 7-day average of new cases
  • Decreasing 7-day average of new hospital admissions