Gyms, hair salons to open as N.B. enters third COVID-19 recovery phase

The third phase of New Brunswick’s COVID-19 recovery plan begins on Friday and will be rolled out over the course of several weeks.

As of Friday, New Brunswickers will be able to get a haircut as barbers and hairstylists are permitted to open.

Social bubbles will also be extended to include family and friends, but the government is still asking people to keep their bubbles as small as possible and keep indoor gatherings to 10 or less people.

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On May 29, more businesses will be permitted to open, including swimming pools saunas and water parks, yoga and dance studios, gyms and rinks.

That same day “low contact” sports will be permitted, provided they can show how they plan to limit close contact.

The province’s regional health authorities will also be increasing the number of elective procedures being performed.

New Brunswick has released its phased approach to re-opening during the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Brunswick has released its phased approach to re-opening during the COVID-19 pandemic. Government of New Brunswick – HO

As of June 19 overnight camps will be allowed to operate.

Health officials say no new cases have been recorded since Thursday when the province reported its first new case of COVID-19 in two weeks.

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The total of confirmed cases currently sits at 121 with only one case being considered active.

There have been no COVID-19 deaths in New Brunswick.

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.

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