N.B.: COVID-19 roundup: ‘Path to green’ unveiled

Excerpt from CBC.ca

Vaccinated travellers will have an easier time coming to P.E.I. than those without shots

New Brunswick unveiled its “path to green” and announced nine new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.

Health Minister Dorothy Shephard said all restrictions could be lifted by Aug. 2, New Brunswick Day, if 75 per cent of the eligible population aged 12 and over have been fully vaccinated by then and COVID-related hospitalizations remain low.

“Green is coming,” she said, calling it “exciting.”

“I’m sure some questioned whether this day would ever arrive.”

The first phase of the plan will begin June 7 if at least 75 per cent of the eligible population have received their first dose of a COVID vaccine and all zones are at the yellow COVID alert level, said Shephard.

If those conditions are met, a number of changes will come into effect, including no mandatory isolation or testing for those travelling within Atlantic Canada and the border Quebec regions of Avignon and Témiscouata, with the exception of Nova Scotia. Travel registration will still be required.

Compassionate travel, such as travel related to end of life, funerals, and providing or receiving care, including child care not otherwise available, will be permitted for individuals from Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Avignon, and Témiscouata with isolation and testing required on days five to seven and released with a negative test.

Cross-border commuters and truckers will no longer be subject to testing and isolation requirements.

Other workers travelling from outside Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Avignon and Témiscouata , and those moving to New Brunswick and New Brunswickers who travel outside of the area, must isolate with testing on days five to seven and released with a negative test, unless that person is under an existing work isolation plan. This includes rotational workers.

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