FREDERICTON (GNB) - The province’s mandatory order will not be renewed tonight at 11:59 p.m., which will remove all restrictions in the province as it goes to Green.

The end of the mandatory order will:

  • Lift all mandatory travel and public health restrictions that have been in place over the course of the pandemic.
  • Lift all provincial border restrictions; provincial border checks will cease, and registration will no longer be required to enter New Brunswick from anywhere in Canada.
  • Lift all limits on gatherings and the number of people within facilities. Capacity limits in theatres, restaurants and stores will no longer be required.
  • End the requirement to wear face masks in public.

It is important to note that federal border restrictions will remain in effect.

While mandatory restrictions will cease, some facilities and businesses may choose to maintain their own policies on protective health measures. All employers and employees must adhere to the Occupational Health and Safety Act, which explains duties and obligations related to the transmission of communicable diseases.

Living with COVID-19, a resource providing an overview of ways protective health measures can be incorporated to help protect individuals, businesses, organizations and communities, is available online.

Vaccine appointments available

As of today, 66.7 per cent of New Brunswickers aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated and 82.0 per cent have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

“At this time, patients, staff and visitors to all hospitals and health-care facilities, including COVID-19 assessment centres and vaccination clinics, must continue to wear masks to reduce the risk of transmission within the health-care system,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health. “Any patient with a valid medical exemption to wearing a mask, is asked to call in advance to the department or service to ensure arrangements can be made to accommodate them.”

Access to vaccines has never been easier in the province. If you have not yet had your first or second dose, you are encouraged to go to a mobile or walk-in clinic or to book an appointment through a participating pharmacy or at a Vitalité or Horizon health network clinic.

All eligible New Brunswickers can book their second dose appointments now for a date that is at least 28 days after their first dose. To receive a second dose, bring a signed consent form, your Medicare card and a copy of the record of immunization provided after receiving your first dose.

If you have an appointment for a vaccine but were able to get vaccinated sooner elsewhere, please be sure to contact your pharmacy or regional health authority clinic to cancel the appointment you no longer need. This will help ensure that someone else in your community can obtain their vaccination sooner.

Vaccination clinics are taking place this weekend at the following locations:

  • Miramichi, Miramichi Public Health, Saturday, July 31, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Saint John, Exhibition Park, Saturday, July 31, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moncton, Moncton Coliseum. Saturday, July 31, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Moderna
  • Saint John, Exhibition Park, Monday, Aug. 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moncton, Moncton Coliseum. Monday, Aug. 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Edmundston, St-Jacques Chevalier de Colomb, Monday, Aug. 2, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Bathurst, Bathurst Public Heath, Monday, Aug. 2, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Pfizer-BioNTech

Mobile vaccination clinics

The provincial government has organized mobile walk-in clinics for those who have not yet received their first or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

A clinic is taking place today Friday, July 30, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 22 Hallett Rd., Beechwood.

People attending a clinic are asked to bring their Medicare card, a record of vaccination if receiving their second dose and a signed consent form. These clinics will be administering the Moderna vaccine, which can be used safely and effectively as either a first or second dose. Even if you received a different vaccine as your first dose, you can still receive Moderna for your second dose due to the interchangeability of COVID-19 vaccines. A list of upcoming mobile and walk-in clinics is available online.

New Brunswick Day clinic

A mobile walk-in clinic will be held Monday, Aug. 2, at the Crowne Plaza at 659 Queen St. in Fredericton from noon to 5 p.m. The clinic will be for those who have not yet received their first or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Pfizer will be available at this clinic.

Seven new cases

Public Health reported seven new cases of COVID-19 today.

The five cases in Zone 1 (Moncton region) are as follows:

  • an individual under 19;
  • three people 20-29; and
  • an individual 30-39.

Three cases are under investigation, one is travel related and the other case is a contact of a previously confirmed case.

The two cases in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) are as follows:

  • an individual under 19; and
  • an individual 30-39.

One case is travel related and another is under investigation.

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 2,365. Since yesterday, there have been no new recoveries, so the total remains at 2,299 recoveries. There have been 46 deaths and the number of active cases is 19. No one is hospitalized in New Brunswick. Since yesterday, 748 tests were conducted for a total of 380,447.

COVID-19 updates when province enters Green phase

News releases regarding COVID-19 cases and vaccination rates will no longer be regularly posted on weekdays, except as required due to developments. However, updates on the number of cases, vaccination rates and certain other information will continue to be available Monday to Friday, excluding holidays, on the COVID-19 dashboard.