COVID-19 restrictions in N.B. to end sooner, now slated for July 30

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New Brunswick has announced it will lift all restrictions in the province as it goes to Green on July 30.

Premier Blaine Higgs said the province has surpassed its goal of having 75 per cent of the eligible population vaccinated with their first dose and there’s now 81 per cent.

“By the end of next week, the percentage of eligible New Brunswickers vaccinated with the second dose will be high enough to balance out many of the risks of living with COVID-19,” said Higgs at a COVID-19 briefing Friday.

As of July 30 at 11:59 p.m., officials said there will be no more limits on gatherings or the number of people allowed in theatres, restaurants and stores, and masks will not be required in public.

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However, the province said some facilities and businesses may choose to maintain their own policies on protective health measures.

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“When we move to Green, not everyone will feel ready to jump back into life as if nothing happened. We all will have to adapt to this new environment in our own way,” said Higgs.

As of Friday, 62.7 per cent of New Brunswickers aged 12 and older are fully vaccinated and 81.2 per cent have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Three new cases

Chief medical officer of health, Dr. Jennifer Russell, said most people who are infected and in need of hospitalization are unvaccinated.

She said cases remain low and those that are being reported are mostly travel-related.

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Public health reported three new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. Two of the cases are in Zone 2 (Saint John region) and are travel-related.

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The one case is in Zone 3 (Fredericton region) and is under investigation.

The number of confirmed cases in New Brunswick is 2,350. Since Thursday, there has been one new recovery for a total of 2,293 recoveries.

There have been 46 deaths and the number of active cases is 10. No one is hospitalized in New Brunswick.

Since Thursday, 727 tests were conducted for a total of 376,470.

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