COVID-19 Update Oct. 13

Masks are now mandatory in most indoor public places.

This includes:

  • public spaces where the public and employees interact (retail businesses, malls, service centres, places of worship, restaurants and bars except while eating, etc.) and organized indoor gatherings in public spaces (e.g. weddings, funerals, etc.);
  • common areas like lobbies, elevators and hallways, and public shared spaces including those in private sector and government workspaces; and
  • public transportation.

Continuous mask use is still required in seated venues with one metre physical distancing.

Previously existing mask policies continue to apply in hospitals, health care settings, public schools and early childhood learning facilities.

As approved by the Pandemic Task Force, children under two are exempt from wearing masks, as well as those with a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask.

Halloween Update:

The provincial government has provided guidance for a fun and safe Halloween. More information can be found here:

The exposure notification app COVID Alert is available in New Brunswick.

The app is available for free download through the Apple or Google Play app stores. COVID Alert is built with strong privacy protection and uses the Google and Apple Exposure Notification technology.

Using the app is voluntary. The app does not use GPS or track a user’s particular geographic location. It does not share a person’s name, address or telephone contacts and does not collect or store any personal health information.

If a New Brunswicker chooses to download the app and then tests positive for COVID-19, they will have the opportunity to receive a one-time key from Public Health that they can enter into the app. After the key is entered, within the following day, COVID Alert will anonymously notify other users who may have come into close contact with that person. The app will direct users on next steps based upon public health advice.

New Brunswickers who use the app are reminded that it does not lessen the importance of measures such as physical distancing, regular handwashing, proper respiratory etiquette or wearing a face mask in public indoor spaces.

For the latest on COVID-19, visit www.gnb.ca/coronavirus.