The first full day of life in the Orange Level of the battle against COVID-19 is dawning with Spring like temperatures and sunshine. The Saint John region was ordered into the Orange Level with new restrictions after an uptick in confirmed cases of the virus – seven yesterday including one in a retirement nursing home complex. As of yesterday afternoon – one person had been admitted to hospital with the virus while at least 300-people including a number of healthcare workers were self isolating in the region. Public Health officials expect more cases of COVID will be confirmed within days.

The restrictions include reduction to a household family bubble and reduced limits on numbers for weddings – funerals – and religious services. Face masks are mandatory in all public spaces – both indoors and outdoors. For a complete list of restrictions – click here.

Enforcement is being stepped up with an increased presence of public safety officers – inspectors – and police responding to reports of large gatherings and other violations. Fines for violations range from $292 up to $10,000.

The City of Saint John emergency management operations centre has been activated to monitor the situation. The Moncton region – Zone 1 – is also at the Orange Level of restrictions.