UPDATE 7 AM: Edmundston in Total Lockdown

11:00 AM - January 23, 2021 

How the Zone 4 Edmundston Area lockdown will work

The lockdown, which takes effect Saturday night at midnight, will be in effect for 14 days and will be reassessed every seven days.

Health Minister Dorothy Shephard, speaking at the Friday update on COVID-19, said the decision to postpone the start of the lockdown to Saturday was to allow residents get the supplies they need before businesses close and to give businesses and the Department of Public Safety time to prepare for the new rules.

She provided these details of the lockdown in the Edmundston region:

• All kindergarten-to-Grade 12 schools will close. Online learning only.

• Service New Brunswick offices will close.

• Only essential services can stay open.

• A wage top-up of $3 an hour will be available to early childhood educators who work during lockdown.

• Regulated health care professionals can stay open but provide virtual services where possible.

• Grocery stores, NB Liquor stores and Cannabis NB stores will remain open.

• Indoor gathering, including religious gatherings, must be virtual only.

• Funerals will be limited to a single-household bubble.

• Public spaces, including rinks and ski hills, will close.

• Outdoor activities with household bubble will be allowed.

• ATV and snowmobile trails will close.

• Restaurants, salons, farmers markets will close. Drive-thru and takeout only.

• Veterinary clinics can stay open with curbside animal dropoff.

• Libraries will remain open to allow internet access.

• People will be encouraged to work at home if possible.

• Lottery tickets will be available online only.

• Evictions will be banned until 10 days after lockdown ends.

• Tech support will be available to students and staff experiencing connectivity issues related to online learning at 1-833-453-1140.

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