Higgs said New Brunswick is changing its emergency order and using a vehicle to block the „normal flow of traffic“ will be prohibited. Under the new rules, anyone convicted of using a vehicle to block or restrict traffic will have their driver`s licence revoked for one year. Places of worship have the choice of requiring proof of vaccination or physical distancing, but both options must include wearing a mask. A change in the rules of level 1 makes singing in places of faith allowed again. No more masks mandatory by the province. No more restrictions on gatherings or distancing rules. No more legal isolation for people infected with COVID-19. Just two months ago, Mr. Higgs announced the move to Stage 3 of the COVID-19 Winter Plan, the most restrictive level that limited social gatherings to individual bubbles, prohibited public gatherings, closed restaurants, gyms, lounges, spas, entertainment centers and churches.
He added that decisions are made „based on“ science and that the province`s high level of vaccination made the move possible. Read more: Omicron`s new BA.2 subvariant discovered in New Brunswick The province reports that 408 health care workers are isolated due to COVID-19, four more than on Wednesday. Outreach resources for citizens, businesses and organizations. For international travel and entry into Canada, please visit COVID-19: Travel, Testing, Quarantine and Borders. „But it looks like we`re going in the right direction.“ „If restrictions were reduced now, we would expect a significant increase in hospitalizations this month. If we wait another week, hospitalizations will increase moderately and then stabilize,“ she said. We need to realize that some will feel more comfortable with these changes than others and that some will need the extra protection that masking gives them. „Even though it wasn`t easy, we took on every challenge to keep our communities and loved ones healthy and safe.“ It is no longer necessary to register to enter New Brunswick from anywhere in Canada. If you are entering New Brunswick from outside Canada, please see the International Travel Restrictions section below. „I think we still expect people to wear masks if they test positive for COVID within five days of testing,“ Russell said. „People need to use common sense.“ However, hospitals under Horizon Health Network and Vitalité Health Network will maintain their mask policies for visitors for now, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr.
Jennifer Russell said at the news conference. Starting in mid-March, Higgs said the province will no longer update its online COVID-19 dashboard and will instead provide a weekly update in the communicable diseases section of the public health website. „We will all have to adapt to this new environment at our own pace,“ he said. BA.2 is thought to be about 30% more transmissible than BA.1, which caused hospitalizations and cases to increase during the fifth wave. People should consider their own risk factors for serious illness and hospitalization, as well as those of family members and friends, in addition to the attitudes in which they interact, she said. At this point, all mandatory orders will be lifted, meaning masks will not be required indoors or outdoors, capacity limits will be lifted, and physical distancing requirements will no longer exist, as will isolation requirements for the general public. CBC News asked for the latest models for cases, hospitalizations, ICU admissions and deaths, but Department of Health spokesman Bruce Macfarlane said only: „Our latest modelling predictions.. indicate a steady decline in hospitalizations, ICU admissions and deaths starting in mid-February. The requirement to wear a mask remains mandatory for all indoor public spaces and outdoor public places where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
„Absolutely, all of us in this room, with the evidence of this rapid rise of the delta virus in the province, would all agree that this was not the right decision,“ he said. „Students and staff who want to continue wearing masks, like everyone else, will of course be able to do so,“ Higgs said. This followed Newfoundland and Labrador`s announcement last week that it planned to lift all restrictions, including mask and vaccination requirements, by March 14. Prince Edward Island has announced similar plans. A protest is expected to take place in Fredericton this weekend, with the potential to cause major disruption, as seen in Ottawa. „For almost two years, we have been living with the COVID-19 pandemic and the various measures that have been taken to protect New Brunswick residents,“ Higgs said at a news conference Thursday. As of September 7, 2021, there have been 10,258 cases in 290 schools. Russell said that throughout the pandemic, decisions to tighten or ease restrictions have been made by the government based on information provided by his team.
Long-term care facilities, including nursing homes and specialized care homes, will continue to follow public health guidelines, including wearing masks and isolating patients. The Ministry of Education reported 423 new cases of COVID-19 in 145 schools across the province. „Yes, we have a continuous level of hospitalizations, but we are managing,“ she said. A mandate requiring government employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 was enacted, resulting in the firing of some workers after rejecting the order. The health and safety of New Brunswick residents has been a top priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. As we learn to live with the effects of COVID-19, there will be times when we need to improve our safeguards to keep people safe and our health care system. „We have not yet made a decision on when they will be able to return to work and under what conditions,“ Higgs said, responding to questions from reporters.