New Brunswick has announced that the province will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for accessing certain events, services and businesses starting beginning Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 11:59 p.m.
Masks in public indoor spaces will also be mandatory.
The province also says anyone entering New Brunswick must preregister their travel.
As per the new release, events, businesses and services that require proof of vaccination must ask to see proof of vaccination and government-issued identification from all patrons and participants who are 12 and older. Individuals who are unable to receive a vaccine due to a medical exemption will be required to show proof.
Individuals and businesses that fail to follow the new regulations may be subject to fines ranging between $172.50 and $772.50.
(Update Sept 20th) Masks will be mandatory in all indoor public spaces, including:
- public spaces where the public and employees interact, such as retail businesses, malls, service centres, places of worship, and restaurants and bars except while eating;
- organized indoor gatherings in public spaces, such as weddings and funerals;
- common areas like lobbies, elevators and hallways, and public shared spaces including those in private sector and government workspaces; and
- public transportation.
List of Places Where Proof of Vaccination is Required:
People will need to show proof of vaccination whenever they access certain services, businesses and events, including:
- indoor festivals, performing arts and sporting events;
- indoor and outdoor dining and drinking at restaurants, pubs and bars;
- movie theatres, nightclubs, amusement centres, pool halls, bowling alleys and casinos;
- gyms, indoor pools and indoor recreation facilities;
- indoor group exercise facilities;
- indoor organized gatherings including weddings, funerals, parties (excluding parties in a private dwelling), conferences and workshops;
- indoor organized group recreational sports, classes and activities; and
- visiting a long-term care facility.
The province says business owners with questions about the rules may contact the Business Navigators at 1-833-799-7966 or email@example.com.
How to Show Proof of Vaccine:
Residents and visitors can provide proof of vaccination by showing an immunization record or a photograph of an immunization record from a regional health authority clinic, pharmacy or Public Health.
New Brunswickers can also show proof of vaccination by using the MyHealthNB portal. Those who have been vaccinated outside the province may provide proof of vaccination from that jurisdiction.
The province is also developing an option to show a QR code for proof of vaccination that can be displayed on a phone. It is expected to be available in about a month.
Travel to New Brunswick
In addition, anyone entering New Brunswick after Sept. 21 must register their travel through the New Brunswick Travel Registration Program.
This includes New Brunswickers who are returning after travelling outside the province.
Residents of Campobello Island who are travelling back and forth to mainland New Brunswick are also required to register their travel. Regardless of their vaccination status, they need not self-isolate.
When registering, travellers must upload proof of vaccination. People who are not fully vaccinated must isolate for 14 days. They can stop isolating if they receive a negative COVID-19 test after day 10. The province says the registration is not yet in effect, but the system will be active by Tuesday, Sept. 21.