New Brunswick Moving to Level 3 of its COVID-19 Winter Plan at 11:59pm on Friday, January 14th
New Brunswick is moving to Level 3 of its COVID-19 Winter Plan amid mounting pressures on the Health Care system.
Premier Blaine Higgs says the stricter measures will come into effect at 11:59pm on Friday, January 14th. However, Higgs promised it would be a short term measure of 16 days, while also promising that life will only become more difficult for the unvaccinated who are putting a disproportional stress on the health care system.
Under the New Brunswick Level 3 Restrictions:
- Social gatherings are limited to single household bubbles.
- A single-household bubble may be extended care to children from another household for informal daycare or support for online education.
- Public gatherings are not permitted.
- Restaurants are limited only to drive-thru, takeout and deliveries.
- Non-essential retail will stay the same at Level 2 restrictions, which means they can operate at a 50% capacity and with social distancing measures in place.
- Gyms, salons, spas and entertainment centers are closed.
- Faith services are allowed as long as it is only outdoors, virtually, or in-car.
- Organized team sports are not allowed from games, competition and practice with people outside of a household bubble.
- Individual sports, such as skiing, skating and snowmobiling, are permitted as long as distancing is maintained from those outside of a household bubble. Buildings that support outdoor sports, such as ski lodges and warm-up shelters, must operate at a 50% capacity, with social distancing and mask wearing. Food and drinks can also not be served.
- Public schools in the province have extended at-home learning for students until Monday, January 31st.