Government of New Brunswick

Communities can plan for measures that will protect individuals and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Social distancing measures are a way to minimize COVID-19 transmission in the community. This means minimizing close contact with others during the peak of an outbreak.

Some of the social distancing measures may need extensive preparation, especially where large crowds are concerned.  Community planners should consider the following:

  • interruptions in social supports
  • reduction in public services like transit and access to community centres
  • financial consequences from the reduction of services or cancelled events

Planners, administrators and employers must work together to put into effect community-based measures that will protect:

  • groups
  • employees
  • the general population   

 

Guidance for our Community Partners

  
At this time, as per the Declaration of a State of Emergency and Mandatory Order non-essential mass gatherings (10 or more people) must be cancelled or postponed. We understand that such a measure will disrupt the normal activities of our residents but believe it the prudent path to ensuring that we delay and minimize the impact of COVID-19 on our population. 

Mass gatherings can have the potential for serious public health consequences if they are not planned and managed carefully. They can increase the spread of infectious diseases and cause additional strain on the health-care system when held during outbreaks.

Infections can also be transmitted during transit to and from an event, and in the homes of event participants upon their return.

Event planners need to consider the COVID-19 outbreak.

Aside from cancelling or postponing an event, other measures to reduce infection risks during smaller mass gatherings include:

  • avoiding shaking hands;
  • practising proper hygiene;
  • avoiding common sleeping areas;
  • discouraging attendees from sharing food or drinks;
  • increasing social distance between others (ideally to two metres) by:
    • broadcasting events
    • offering virtual participation
    • moving the venue from indoors to outdoors
  • eliminating self-serve buffet style eating at social or religious gatherings;
  • encouraging people who are ill or those with high-risk medical conditions not to attend gatherings;
  • supporting hand hygiene by providing hand sanitizer dispensers in prominent locations;
  • ensuring event organizers have arrangements in place to safely isolate and transport people who become ill onsite; and
  • communicating clearly to attendees about the risks and directing them to our advice on reducing the spread of illness.