World News – CA – UPDATE: NB Announcement of mandatory masks in indoor public places

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New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs speaks to media on Thursday October 8 Provincial COVID-19 briefing, confirming masks will become mandatory in most indoor public places starting Friday October 9 at midnight (Source: GNB YouTube)

The premier of New Brunswick said masks will become mandatory in most indoor public places from midnight Thursday night

This includes retail stores, malls, service centers, places of worship, restaurants and bars, except while eating.It also applies to indoor gatherings held in public spaces, such as weddings and funerals

Also included are common areas such as lobbies, elevators and hallways, as well as shared public areas, including those of the private sector and government workspaces

« From what we are seeing in our neighboring provinces and the epidemic in Moncton, we know how quickly the virus can spread in a community, » said Premier Blaine Higgs « We have to take all the possible measures to prevent this from happening in our province « 

Children under two years old are exempt from wearing masks, as well as those whose state of health prevents them from wearing a mask

Mask policies that previously existed continue to apply in hospitals, health care facilities, public schools and early childhood learning facilities

« From what we are seeing in our neighboring provinces and the epidemic in Moncton, we know how quickly the virus can spread in a community, » said Premier Blaine Higgs « We have to take all the possible measures to prevent this from happening in our province « 

Higgs also referred to what he described as « too many people not wearing their masks as needed, acknowledging the change as » a major announcement and businesses and individuals might need time to adjust  »

Inspection and enforcement officers from the Department of Justice and Public Security investigated 600 public spaces in the province and estimated the average number of people wearing masks to be 36%

« We are asking that people comply immediately, » Higgs said, « law enforcement officers will monitor to ensure people wear masks as needed »

Thursday’s update comes as the province’s chief medical officer of health also announced three new cases of COVID-19, spanning three health zones

Dr Jennifer Russell added that the cases are not linked to an outbreak at the Manoir Notre-Dame special care home in Moncton

Russell said two of the cases were linked to travel outside of Atlantic Canada – one in his 40s in the Saint John area and one in his 20s in the Fredericton area

Province now has 24 active cases of COVID-19, including 19 cases linked to the Moncton outbreak

Russell also announced that visitors are now banned from all long-term care facilities in the Moncton area until further notice

Thursday’s update also confirmed that continued use of the mask would still be required in seated locations with a physical distance of one meter to maintain

Health officials have identified a positive case in a traveler who could have been contagious on two flights

They include Air Canada Flight 418 from Toronto to Montreal and Air Canada Flight 8792 from Montreal to Saint John in October 4

Anyone who has traveled on these flights should monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days after the flight They are encouraged to self-isolate and take the online self-assessment or call 811 to get tested if symptoms of COVID-19 develop

The province also suspended a twinning agreement that allowed non-essential day trips for residents of Listuguj First Nation and Pointe-à-la-Croix, Quebec

Residents can still enter New Brunswick to purchase groceries, prescriptions and essentials not available to them in their own community, as they could before the deal

Travel is also permitted for work, medical appointments, to fulfill the conditions of a child custody agreement and to obtain child care

Students can continue to cross the border to attend kindergarten to grade 8 school Arrangements are made to provide distance learning for high school students from October 13

Nb COVID update

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