COVID-19 community update

Nov. 27, 2020

New Brunswick Public Health continues to manage and assess COVID-19 risks while protecting the wellbeing of the community and province. As of Nov. 26, 2020, Zone 1 (Moncton), Zone 2 (Saint John) and Zone 3 (Fredericton) have all now moved to the Orange phase of recovery. The health and safety of our community is a shared responsibility, we must do our part to minimize and limit the potential spread of COVID-19. Here is what the Orange level means for you:

  • Effective midnight on Nov. 26, people travelling into New Brunswick, including all of the Atlantic provinces, are required to self-isolate for 14 days unless exempt. Registration for travel into New Brunswick, including New Brunswickers returning home from travel, is also now mandatory. Travellers must register at Failure to register can result in penalties.
  • Under the Orange level, face masks must be worn at all times in public spaces, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Social contacts are restricted to a one household bubble. One-household or single household bubble refers to the people you share direct living accommodations with plus formal or informal caregivers and members of immediate family that includes parents, children, siblings and grandparents who require support.
  • Single household bubbles must be maintained, for example, people may not sit with people from another household at a restaurant. Patrons must remain seated at all times in licensed premises such as a bar or restaurant except to enter and exit the premises and to go to and from washrooms.
  • Outdoor gatherings with physical distancing of 25 people or fewer are permitted.
  • Essential travel only is recommended in and out of Orange level zones, however, people can continue to travel within the province for work, school, essential errands and medical appointments.
  • If you travel to an Orange level zone, when you return to a Yellow zone you are required to wear a mask indoors and outdoors, self-monitor for 14 days and avoid social gatherings and visiting nursing homes and adult residential facilities. Learn more about travelling in and out of higher risk areas (PDF).
  • Post-secondary educational institutions may operate. It has been determined that we can safely continue in-person course delivery while ensuring strict adherence to the Public Health guidelines. This includes wearing masks in all public spaces and continuously maintaining a 2-metre physical distance and limiting our social contact with others.

With the situation changing daily, there are many updates on the potential health risk to our community being issued. We encourage you to stay informed on the phases of recovery and the current public health alert level. To learn more about the alert level and health measures, see the frequently asked questions.

We will continue to address your concerns and provide the latest information on COVID-19 developments through UNB communication channels including email, social media and

With kind regards,

Paul J. Mazerolle
President and Vice-Chancellor

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