1. Do these rule changes affect people who left the province before they were announced?
  2. What is the process for people to get to a designated isolation facility?
  3. Can people stay at any facility?
  4. How will I get to the facility from the airport if I’m arriving by air?
  5. If I’m coming into NB across a land border, am I allowed to stop on my way to the facility?
  6. The province will pay for my stay because I’m a student, but what about my parents who came to pick me up?
  7. Am I allowed to have family isolate with me?
  8. Can I share a room with someone I’m travelling with?
  9. Can a spouse/partner who did not travel with me join me at the designated isolation facility?
  10. How will you know if I’ve left my room at the facility?
  11. How soon can I leave the designated isolation facility?
  12. Will people have to pay for the COVID-19 tests?
  13. If my employer is requiring me to move, will the cost of isolation be covered by my employer?
  14. Does this mean the Atlantic bubble won’t be reopening?
  15. How does this affect people in Listuguj and Campobello?

 

1. Do these rule changes affect people who left the province before they were announced?

Yes. It affects post-secondary students who have been living outside of the Atlantic provinces to attend school, or may be returning from a COVID-19 hot zone in Atlantic Canada. It also affects some types of business travellers who would have left the province prior to April 24th.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have asked New Brunswickers to limit their travel to what is considered essential travel. Some travellers have chosen otherwise. These measures will ensure that we protect our population from these variants.

2. What is the process for people to get to a designated isolation facility?

You must register your travel before entering New Brunswick. You may do so at www.gnb.ca/travelregistration.

The next step is to call 1-(800) 863-6582, selecting the options to “NB isolation support to non-essential travelers” where a representative for the Canadian Red Cross will assist you in your booking. You will be provided a booking code number that you will then provide to the facility you will be directed to.

When calling the 800-number:

  • Select your language of choice.
  • Press “1” – Affected by Disaster
  • Press “5” – New Brunswick
  • Press “1” – Affected by COVID-19
  • Press “2” NB Degisnated Isolation Facility ‘Support Line for Non-Essential Travelers’. If you are a student, please inform the agent.

Then you will need to call the facility you have been assigned to and make the reservation. You will be asked for your travel registration approval number as well as the booking code.

When you arrive in New Brunswick, you will be asked to show your travel registration approval and your confirmation of your facility booking to the Border Control Officer before you can enter the province. When you have been directed to proceed to the designated isolation facility, you are to either travel alone (or with the people you have arrived with) or by taxi and are not permitted to carpool or travel with other people.

When you arrive at the facility, you will receive direction on what you can expect during your stay and what is expected of you.

Failure to report to your designated isolation facility is subject to a fine pursuant to section 34 in the Mandatory Order.

3.     Can people stay at any facility?

No. You will be directed to the designated isolation facility nearest your residence or nearest to the point of entry. Isolation facilities are being set up specifically for this purpose.

4.     How will I get to the facility from the airport if I’m arriving by air?

Travellers will have to take a cab or arrange to use a vehicle where they are the only occupant(s). Travellers must drive alone or with the people they entered the province with.

5.     If I’m coming into NB across a land border, am I allowed to stop on my way to the facility?

No. You must go directly to your destination. Failure to do so could result in a fine.

6.     The province will pay for my stay because I’m a student, but what about my parents who came to pick me up?

Anyone who travels with a student who is a resident of New Brunswick, and is assisting them in returning home after attending post-secondary school outside of the Atlantic provinces or from a COVID-19 hot zone in Atlantic Canada, will not have to pay for their accommodations during their mandatory stay.

7.     Am I allowed to have family isolate with me?

No. You must isolate alone or with people you were travelling with.

8.     Can I share a room with someone I’m travelling with?

Yes.

9.     Can a spouse/partner who did not travel with me join me at the designated isolation facility?

No.

10.  How will you know if I’ve left my room at the facility?

It is important that you follow the guidelines while you are in isolation to protect yourself and everyone else in the facility. Measures will be in place at the facilities to ensure compliance.

11. How soon can I leave the designated isolation facility?

On Day 5 of isolation, travellers can get tested. When they receive a negative test result, they will finish their 14-day isolation at home or another location as long as there is no one else in the household except the person/people they travelled with and on condition that they get tested again on Day 10.

12.  Will people have to pay for the COVID-19 tests?

No.

13.  If my employer is requiring me to move, will the cost of isolation be covered by my employer?

The decision to cover isolation as a moving expense would be at the discretion of your employer.

14.  Does this mean the Atlantic bubble won’t be reopening?

Right now, our focus is controlling the spread of the virus and to bring all zones in the province back to yellow.

15. How does this affect people in Listuguj and Campobello?

It doesn’t. The current rules for residents of these communities remain in place.