2020-05-22 - COVID-19 Update

Good afternoon,  

Today Premier Higgs announced that the province is moving to Phase One of the “Yellow” section in the New Brunswick Recovery Plan. The government’s news release provides the following details: 

Effective today

  • Your two-household bubble can be extended to close friends and family. It is recommended that gatherings indoors be limited to 10 or fewer people. Continue to keep gatherings as small as possible, especially if you have a vulnerable person in your family or a child who attends daycare. 
  • Non-regulated health professionals and businesses may open, including acupuncturists and naturopaths. 
  • Personal services and businesses may open, including barbers, hairstylists, spas, estheticians, manicurists, pedicurists and tattoo artists. 

On Friday, May 29: 

  • Outdoor public gatherings of 50 people or fewer will be permitted with physical distancing. 
  • Religious services, including wedding and funerals, of 50 people or fewer may take place indoors or outdoors with physical distancing. 
  • Elective surgeries and other non-emergency health-care services will increase. 
  • Low-contact team sports will be permitted. Sports may operate as per the guidance provided by their respective national or provincial organizations if they identify means to limit the number and intensity of close contacts during play. Players should check with their local organization to ensure it will be operating. All provincial, regional and local leagues shall maintain operational plans. Sport organizations can contact the Sport and Recreation Branch of the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture for more information. Youth leagues must ensure that spectators are limited to one accompanying adult per child. 
  • The following will be permitted to open: 
    • swimming pools, saunas and waterparks 
    • gyms, yoga and dance studios 
    • rinks and indoor recreational facilities 
    • pool halls and bowling alleys 

On June 19, overnight camps will be allowed to open. 

Opening of other sectors to be determined – The reopening of casinos, amusement centres, bingo halls, arcades, cinemas, bars (without seating), large live performance venues and large public gatherings will be determined once additional evidence is available on the province’s success in managing a resurgence of the virus. 

Information on public health recovery phases, measures and guidelines is available online

Temporary foreign workers to be permitted – Starting May 29, temporary foreign workers may enter New Brunswick under strict public health guidance, including isolating for 14 days before beginning work. 

The latest version of New Brunswick’s State of Emergency mandatory order is available online. 

Today’s full news release can be found here

Notably, the provincial government is ending the regular news conferences with the premier and Dr Russell. They will be held on an as-needed basis. 

Many businesses are now open or will be planning to re-open soon. If you have posted information on our “Who’s Open” directory and would like to make changes, please send your edits to fchamber@frederictonchamber.ca. To view your current listing, visit our directory here

If you haven’t yet checked out the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce’s Open, Operational and/or Offering Help business directory, now would be a great time to do so with the addition of our Personal Protective Equipment and Business Protective Products sections. And please continue to share, share, share so our community knows the services that are available!  Nearly 500 businesses and organizations have listed their services, products and how you can access them including nearly 20 offering free services to assist you during this time!! 


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We also still want to hear how the COVID-19 Crisis is affecting your business and any specific ways that the government can support you at this time. Contact either myself or our Policy & Research Manager, Morgan Peters to share information or ask questions. 

kristar@frederictonchamber.ca / (506) 461-5165 

advocacy@frederictonchamber.ca / (506) 470-5593 


Krista Ross, CEO, Fredericton Chamber of Commerce