New COVID-19 Measures
New Brunswick’s Vaccination Policy for Certain Businesses, Organizations and Services
With the pandemic still ongoing, the Government of New Brunswick is implementing changes with regards to COVID-19 vaccinations and certain provincial businesses, organizations and services. When considering the current situation in New Brunswick, the government recognizes that living with COVID-19 will require measures to offset the risk of transmission in certain social settings. These measures will help curb the spread of COVID-19 when people are gathering in areas of close proximity or sitting for long periods of time.
ONB, via its Business Navigation Team, will continue to work with New Brunswick companies to help them understand and implement proof of vaccination plans for their businesses. This measure serves as a governmental mandated requirement and by following it, businesses will be fulfilling the Public Health Act.
For a full breakdown of these changes, read the FAQ.
If you have more questions, our Business Navigators can help by phone or email.
State of Emergency Reinstated
The provincial government has announced that, based on the current level of COVID-19 hospitalizations, a state of emergency is being reinstated and a mandatory order will come into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, September 24. It will include new measures to limit contacts, ensure physical distancing is maintained, and require certain businesses and events to have a vaccination or masking-and-testing workplace policy.
All public health measures previously announced remain in place. The following additional measures will be implemented under the mandatory order:
- People must limit their contacts to their household plus 20 consistent contacts.
- Indoor private gatherings will be limited to 20 consistent contacts.
- There will be no limits on outdoor gatherings, as long as physical distancing is maintained.
- Businesses and events where people gather or exercise, including museums, cinemas, theatres, bingo halls, casinos, amusement centres, arenas, game rooms, pools halls, live entertainment venues, weddings, funerals, gyms, yoga studios and similar venues must ensure all employees are fully vaccinated or are continuously masked and tested regularly. Patrons and participants entering such events remain required to be fully vaccinated.
- Physical distancing is required at businesses, services or events where proof of vaccination is not required, such as grocery and retail stores, private businesses and libraries.
- Faith venues have the option to either ensure all participants show proof of full vaccination, or implement the following measures:
- operate at 50 per cent capacity; maintain physical distancing;
- ensure continuous mask use;
- record names of all attendees or have assigned seating;
- eliminate singing from services;
- and prevent anyone displaying COVID-19 symptoms and those who have been instructed to self-isolate from entering.
Businesses can access rapid testing kits through their local chamber of commerce. More information about the program is available online.
All current public health measures will also remain in place, including the mandatory use of masks in indoor public spaces and the requirement to show proof of full vaccination when accessing certain events, services and businesses. Anyone entering New Brunswick must pre-register through the New Brunswick Travel Registration Program.
Spot checks will be conducted by enforcement officers at borders and at businesses, and fines will be issued if businesses or individuals are not complying with the rules. Under the mandatory order, fines can range between $480 and $20,400. The government will review the mandatory order every two weeks.