Canada's Slow Path to Normal
New Brunswick, Canada's government, announced on May 27, 2021, all restrictions could be lifted on New Brunswick Day, August 2nd, if 75% of the eligible province population have been fully vaccinated and COVID-related hospitalizations remain manageable.
This vaccination requirement includes those New Brunswickers aged 12 and over.
As of May 29th, about 60% of New Brunswickers aged 12 and older have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
By Aug. 2, this Canadian province expects to remove the current state of emergency order, which has been in place since March 2020. All zones are in the Yellow level under the province’s mandatory order.
The first phase of the three-phase Path to Green plan will begin on June 7th. If the Path to Green conditions is met, several changes will come into effect, including no mandatory isolation or testing for those traveling within Atlantic Canada and the border Quebec regions of Avignon and Témiscouata, except for Nova Scotia.
In addition, the 'steady 15' will be eliminated. New Brunswickers will be allowed contact with all family and friends in yellow alert levels.
However, travel registration will still be required.
Compassionate travel will be permitted for individuals outside Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Avignon, and Témiscouata. Still, they will be required to isolate and take a COVID-19 test between days five and seven, with negative results, before they can discontinue isolation.
And cross-border commuters and truckers will no longer be subject to testing and isolation requirements.
Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, said all New Brunswickers are suffering from COVID fatigue, but 'hope is a powerful force, and today is all about hope.'
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in early 2020, there have been 43 fatalities confirmed in the province's 740,000 residents.