Level 1 of New Brunswick’s Winter Action Plan for COVID-19 to take effect tonight

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The Level 1 of the alert system outlined in New Brunswick’s Winter Action Plan for COVID-19 will take effect later tonight.

“As of 11:59 p.m. tonight, New Brunswick will enter into Level 1 of the alert system outlined in the province’s Winter Action Plan. This is the least restrictive of the three levels,” the New Brunswick Government said in a statement.

Measures in Level 1 include masking outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained and physical distancing in indoor public spaces that do not require proof of vaccination, such as retail stores, malls, salons and spas.

These locations can choose to either implement physical distancing measures or require proof of vaccination for all patrons.

Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, said “Physical distancing helps limit the spread of COVID-19.”

“This means keeping a safe distance from others who are not part of your regular contacts and avoiding spending time in crowded places or in large groups,” Russel said, adding that businesses that currently don’t require proof of vaccination, like retail stores and salons, can enforce physical distancing through measures such as using directional arrows, reducing their capacity and preventing groups from congregating.

Businesses can further reduce contacts by offering delivery and curbside pickup options, she added.

A maximum of 20 people is permitted for informal indoor household gatherings, and 50 for informal outdoor gatherings. Due to the higher risk associated with being unvaccinated, it is recommended that unvaccinated individuals who are eligible to be vaccinated do not attend household gatherings.

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