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N.B. opens borders to cottage owners, family members, as province moves to next level of recovery phase

N.B. opens borders to cottage owners, family members, as province moves to next level of recovery phase
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Dr. Jennifer Russell, New Brunswick s chief medical officer of health, provides an update on COVID-19 in Fredericton on June 19, 2020.

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HALIFAX -- All of New Brunswick -- with the exception of Zone 5 is moving ahead to the next level of the yellow recovery phase, effective immediately.

This new phase will allow more gatherings, more activities, more access to family and more travel from outside the province, said Dr. Jennifer Russell, New Brunswicks chief medical officer of health, during a news conference in Fredericton on Friday.

More restrictions are being eased and more businesses can reopen under this phase.

Businesses that choose to reopen during this phase must prepare an operational plan that respects the public health guidelines.

The following changes are effective Friday:

If the number of cases remains low over the next week, all remaining businesses could open on June 26, with appropriate distancing and sanitizing, and operational plans respecting Public Health guidelines.

Russell said Friday that the situation in Zone 5 -- the Campbellton region -- is improving, though it remains in the orange recovery phase at this time.

Zone 5 is the location of a recent outbreak of COVID-19, which has resulted in 40 confirmed cases of the virus and two deaths.

Russell said the COVID-19 outbreak in Zone 5 has been centred around a seniors home and local health facilities, and the virus doesnt appear to have spread throughout the community or to other areas of New Brunswick.

She is encouraging anyone with any COVID-19 symptoms to get tested and, if the situation continues to improve, Zone 5 could move into the yellow recovery phase at the end of the month.

With Zone 5, we havent been able to move forward at the moment, but the plans are in place to look at that in the next little while, said Russell.
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