Business and Operations
New Brunswick moving to Level 3 of COVID plan, indoor dining closed
By Bakers Journal
By Bakers Journal
Fredericton – All of New Brunswick will move to Level 3 of the COVID-19 winter plan for 16 days starting on Friday, Jan. 14, at 11:59 p.m. The measure will be in effect until Jan. 30 at 11:59 p.m.
“Introducing these additional measures is not a step anyone wanted to take, but we promised we would take action when action was needed, and that time is now,” said Premier Blaine Higgs. “Based on the rising number of hospitalizations, this is what we need to do to slow down the spread of the Omicron variant and mitigate the impact on our health-care system. This will also give us more time to administer booster doses and vaccinate children aged five to 11.”
Under Level 3, the following measures will be in effect:
- People must stay within their single-household bubble. A single-household bubble includes the people you live with. Where required, this can be extended to include: caregivers; a family member who needs support from someone within the household; or one other person who needs support (for example, someone who lives alone, or another family member).
- A single-household bubble may extend care to children from another household for the purposes of informal daycare or online education support. This must be the same household bubble for as long as Level 3 is in effect.
- Public gatherings are not permitted, and gyms, entertainment centres, spas and salons are not allowed to operate.
- Restaurants may provide drive-thru, takeout and delivery only.
- Retail businesses may continue to remain open at 50 per cent capacity and with physical distancing measures in place. People are encouraged to use contactless curbside pickup and/or designate one person from the household to go shopping, if feasible, to reduce contacts.
- Faith venues may provide outdoor, virtual or in-car religious services only.
- Organized team sports are prohibited from games, competition and practice with people outside of a household bubble. Individual sports that can be conducted outdoors, 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 maintain 50 per cent capacity, distancing and masking. Food and drinks cannot be served. The government will be working with sports organizations to develop a plan to resume some form of play or practice for all ages when New Brunswick returns to Level 2.
- Masks must still be worn at all times in indoor public spaces and in outdoor public spaces where physical distancing cannot be maintained.