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Community health measures defined

Community face masks are now mandatory in most indoor public places. Masks must be worn at all times when 2-metre physical distancing cannot be maintained that includes people outside of your family and friend bubble. See New Brunswick Public Health frequently asked questions.

Physical distancing means to maintain a minimum distance of two metres between yourself and others at all times, with the exception of members of the same household or “bubble”.

  • In public settings with seated venues, physical distancing may be reduced down to 1 metre with the continuous use of a mask.
  • Food and drink is not to be consumed when people are seated at 1-metre apart or less.
  • Distancing of 2 metres is required when food or drinks are consumed.

Practice proper respiratory and hand hygiene including good handwashing practices. Cough or sneeze into a tissue and immediately dispose of the tissue. Wash your hands afterwards. If you do not have a tissue available, cough into your sleeve or elbow.

Cleaning surfaces properly. For households, regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Bubbles refer to the amount of people that you may socially interact with on regular basis during various health recovery alert levels.

  • A bubble is one household unit consisting of the people who live together and share the household. A household can be made up of just one person or it can be made up of a combination of roommates, parents, siblings, grandparents, children and/or a significant other.
  • Everyone living in an on-campus student residence or in an off-campus apartment building is NOT one household bubble. If you are three people sharing a residence suite, that is considered your household bubble. If you have roommates in an off-campus apartment, that is your household bubble.
  • If you are alone in a single room, then that is your household.

One-household or single household bubble refers to the people with whom you share direct living accommodations. A single household bubble may be extended to include formal or informal caregivers and an immediate family or an individual in your life who requires support.

Two-household bubble expands your social circle to form an exclusive relationship with one (1) household. The occupants of the two households may only interact with each other and may hold indoor gatherings. Households within the bubble are not interchangeable.

  • This means your household can join up with one other household. The selection made is not interchangeable and you must not have close contact with anyone else. You cannot join up with more than one household or bubble.
  • A student in a single room in an on-campus residence can form a bubble with one other student living in residence.

Friends and family bubble further increases your social circle to include close friends and extended family outside of your two-household bubble. It is not intended to hold large social gatherings.

  • You are allowed to reconnect in-person with close friends and extended family, but you should continue to limit the size of your bubble. Close friends and family bubbles are only effective when they are kept small to a limited number of people and points of contact.
  • Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, clarifies what a family and friend bubble looks like in a short video clip by CBC News.