May 9 COVID-19 Update | Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates | UNB

COVID-19 Update

May 9, 2020

On Friday, May 8, 2020 Premier Higgs announced that New Brunswick is moving to phase two or the orange phase of recovery. This means that post-secondary institutions - including UNB - are able to reopen.   

The renewed and revised Mandatory Order COVID-19 states:

  • Owners and managers of every workplace must take every reasonable step to ensure minimal interaction of people within two metres of each other, except in compliance with guidelines issued by WorkSafe New Brunswick and the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
  • Owners and managers of every workplace must take every reasonable step required to prevent persons who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 from entering the workplace, in accordance with advice issued by the Chief Medical Officer of Health or WorkSafe New Brunswick. They will also take every reasonable step required to prevent persons from entering workplaces who have travelled outside New Brunswick in the previous 14 days.

The health and safety of our community is our top priority. We are taking the time required to prepare campuses and work through the steps of the mandatory order. This will ensure a safe environment for our undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff before resuming any academic activity on campuses.  

UNB campuses remain closed to the public with the spring/summer sessions offered through alternative delivery learning methods as planned. We will open campuses as soon as we can assure a safe return to work. 

We must remember that the COVID-19 threat is still present.  By working together, we can continue to flatten the curve and help prevent the risk of a new wave and the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing, frequent hand washing and proper coughing and sneezing etiquette.  

If you or a member of your family are showing two symptoms of COVID-19, contact Tele-Care 811 or your primary health-care provider for further direction.