Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC
The Winter Plan for New Brunswick moved to Level 2
Updated: Jan 13, 2022
As of December 27, 11:59 p.m., the government of New Brunswick announced that the province has moved into Level 2 of the Winter Plan due to the high number of Omicron variant cases.
In the province, Public Health reported 438 recoveries and 639 new cases of COVID-19, as well as 147 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant. Due to the high number of Omicron, travelers should observe public health precautions when in New Brunswick.
These new public health measures are as follows:
The current household plus Steady 20 is replaced with household plus Steady 10
Patrons dining at restaurants must show proof of vaccination and tables must be at least two metres apart
Restaurants, retail stores, malls, businesses, gyms, salons and spas, and entertainment centres may continue to operate, but at 50% capacity and with two metres of distance between patrons
For public gatherings, venues cannot have events with more than 150 people or 50 per cent capacity, whichever is less
Faith venues may operate at 50% capacity and with physical distancing. Choirs are not permitted but one soloist may perform if they are at least four metres from the congregation
All travellers, including New Brunswickers returning to the province, must register or have a multi-use travel pass. Travellers arriving by air will be provided with a rapid test kit
Unvaccinated people entering the province must isolate and be tested on day 10. International travellers must follow federal testing and isolation guidelines and must be tested on day five and day 10
Travellers must wear a mask, physically distance themselves and stay within a Steady 10
In case you test positive using a rapid point of care test, you must immediately isolate and book your PCR test. However, any household in New Brunswick with a positive case of COVID-19 must isolate for 14 days, regardless of their vaccination status. Individuals advised by Public Health or a physician, which includes confirmed cases of COVID-19, must isolate too.