The health and safety of New Brunswickers has been our top priority throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. As we learn to live with the impacts of COVID-19, there will be times that we need to enhance our protection measures to keep people safe and protect our healthcare system.

Mandatory Order

Information about the state of emergency and mandatory order.

Mandatory Order
 

 


 

A state of emergency is being declared and a mandatory order will come into effect at 11:59 p.m. ast tonight September 24, 2021 until further notice.

 


 

Protecting our Health-Care System

The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations will trigger whether the mandatory order is in place. It will first come into effect once 25 or more people are hospitalized.
As hospitalization numbers decrease, the mandatory order and public health measures will remain in place to ensure hospitalizations stabilize. Once 10 or fewer people are hospitalized the mandatory order will be lifted, and New Brunswick will return to public health measures.
The government will review the mandatory order every two weeks.

 


 

Public Health Measures

Triggers

New Brunswick will remain under these measures as long as there are:

  • less than 24 hospitalizations
  • no reduced surgical capacity
  • no cancellation of non-urgent acute care


Measures

Masks:

Proof of vaccination:

  • Patrons 12 and older required to show proof of full vaccination or medical exemption for access to some events, services and businesses.

Travel:

  • Every person entering NB must pre-register travel. This includes New Brunswickers re-entering the province For a full list of exemptions, please visit our Travel page.

Enforcement:

  • Spot checks at borders and businesses

 

 


 

Mandatory Order Measures

Triggers*

New Brunswick will remain under these measures as long as there are:

  • 25 or more hospitalizations
  • Limited capacity to deal with urgent needs

*Triggers reviewed every two weeks and with 10 or less COVID-19 hospitalizations, New Brunswick will return to Public Health Measures


Measures

Private Gatherings:

  • Indoor gathering with household plus 20 consistent contacts. Does not apply to businesses, such as restaurants, where patrons must show proof of full vaccination or medical exemption.
  • Outside gathering no limits, with physical distancing.

Businesses and events

  • Businesses and events where people gather or exercise, including museums, cinemas, theatres, bingo halls, casinos, amusement centres, arenas, game rooms, pools halls, live entertainment venues, libraries, weddings, funerals, gyms, yoga studios, restaurants, bars and similar venues must ensure all employees are fully vaccinated or are continuously masked and tested regularly.
  • Physical distancing is required at businesses, services or events where proof of vaccination is not required, such as grocery and retail stores and private businesses.
  • Businesses can access rapid testing kits through their local chamber of commerce.

 

Faith Based Venues

Faith venues have the option to either:

A.   Proof of full vaccination: Should your place of worship require all participants to show full proof of vaccination, you must wear a mask at all times.

  • Physical distancing is not required
  • No capacity limits
  • Singing while masked is permitted.

     

B.    No Proof of Vaccination: Should your place of worship forego full proof of vaccination, you must ensure:

  • Everyone masked at all times
  • Operate at 50% or less capacity
  • Maintain two metres of physical distancing between different households.
  • No congregational singing
  • Record names of all attendees and contact information by row or have a consistent assigned seating plan for contact tracing; and;
  • Prevent anyone displaying COVID-19 symptoms or who has been instructed to self-isolate from entering.

Regardless of which option your place of worship selects, everyone will need to show proof of full vaccination whenever they access certain events, which includes weddings, funerals, parties, conferences and workshops.

 

Masks:


Proof of vaccination:

  • Individuals 12 and older required to show proof of vaccination or medical exemption for access to some events, services and businesses

Travel:

  • Every person entering NB must pre-register travel. This includes New Brunswickers re-entering the province For a full list of exemptions, please visit our Travel page.

 

Enforcement:

  • Spot checks will be conducted by enforcement offers at borders and at businesses, and fines will be issued if businesses or individuals are not complying with the rules. Under the mandatory order, fines can range between $480 and $20,400.
  • Each instance of non-compliance with this Order is a separate offence under the Emergency Measures Act. Where a person’s non-compliance continues for multiple days, that person commits a separate offence on each such day.

 

 


 

Resources

Public Health Measures and Mandatory Order Regulations

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Last updated September 2021