The Government Has Begun to Lift COVID-19 Restrictions in My Area

What this looks like and our government’s plan to slowly return to normalcy

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Photo by Gustavo Fring from Pexels

I live in New Brunswick, Canada and we are on the track to freedom!

We have only had 118 cases of the COVID-19 virus, 0 deaths, and 11 active cases.

As of today, April 25, 2020, we have had no new cases of the COVID-19 virus in seven days.

In comparison to our sister province of Quebec, we are doing quite well. Unfortunately, Quebec currently has 23,267 active cases of the COVID-19 virus and 1,446 people have died due to the virus in the province.

New Brunswick is a poor province and it’s also a province. Presumably, we have fewer cases than the other provinces because our residents were not traveling as much as in the affluent provinces we have a smaller population.

Also, as soon as the other Canadian provinces began to accumulate cases of COVID-19, Premier Higgs closed our borders quickly and enforced social distancing.

He acted quickly, with purpose and it paid off.

Some outdoor activities are now restored

Yesterday, Premier Blaine Higgs, announced that New Brunswickers are being granted some leniency in regard to social distancing.

Golf courses will be allowed to open while keeping their clubhouses and restaurants closed, fishing and hunting seasons will go forward and the use of outdoor spaces will be permitted.

This is good news for many of our residents, who love to hunt and fish, but the best announcement was yet to come.

A system of two-family household bubbles

This is what we have all been waiting for: Seeing our loved ones.

The premier announced that it would now be acceptable for two households/families to come together in a common area for visits without physically distancing!

The family you choose must give consent to the visits and the family chosen is interchangeable. This means if you pick someone, you cannot change your mind and switch families.

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Photo courtesy of Reddit user 555nb

Now we are going to find out who all the parent’s favorites are.

Seriously, I feel sorry for people who have two (or more) adult children and have to choose between them. That’s a tough choice.

My brother and his wife have more family members close by than my husband and I (they live in a tight-knit native reservation) so my parents decided to come to see us yesterday!

It was so wonderful to see their smiling faces again. We missed them a lot.

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Reunited and it feels so good! My mother and Willow (left) and my father and Willow (right). Photo courtesy of Amy Cottreau and the Photo Gird app.

This was a happy announcement for many of us. It almost felt like we were being rewarded for good behavior!

Additional restrictions were lifted

Premier Higgs has made it clear that we will lose our privileges if people “go rogue” and decide to break the rules.

If there's an increase in cases or a surplus of calls to our “snitch line” (phone line to report people for not social distancing), our new privileges will be revoked.

Premier Higgs announced that other restrictions would be changed:

  • Carpools will now be allowed, with a limit of two people per vehicle with the passenger riding in the back seat.
  • Post-secondary students will be able to access their campus if it’s determined safe by the institution.
  • Post-secondary programs that have hands-on requirements will be permitted to operate with strict controls. Educational officials say that graduates from practical programs that require manual training are in high demand and are needed in the province of New Brunswick.
  • For our spiritual New Brunswickers: Outdoor or “drive-in” religious meetings will be allowed to take place.

The “new normal”

I presume that a return to our previous lifestyles will not occur until a vaccine has been developed, which will likely take 12 to 18 months.

Until then, the province is counting on physical distancing, physical barriers, handwashing, and masks to be part of the new normal.

Thankfully, our provincial borders will remain closed to outside travel until a vaccine is available for COVID-19.

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Image courtesy of New Brunswick Public Health

According to this chart, New Brunswick is currently in the “trigger to lessen” phase.

We have a long road ahead of us but this is what the “new normal” looks like.

I am assuming the leaders of your respective areas will use a similar model when it’s time to lift restrictions in your province or state.

I hope everyone gets to enjoy the small freedoms New Brunswick is celebrating, in a timely and safe manner.

It happened here and it will happen in your region when the time is right!

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