Economic Aid: Premier Blain Higgs announced the application process for a one-time income benefit of $900 open today. The benefit will bridge the gap of income between March 15 to when the federal benefit takes effect. The provincial benefit will end on April 30, 2020.

Closures / Restrictions: All food and beverage businesses re reduced to take-out and delivery service only, and a broad range of other businesses must stop admitting members of the public.  The full list of restricted businesses, and also exceptions can be found here. Individuals who do not comply with self-isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic could be fined more than $10,000, and in extreme cases could face jail time.

Owners and managers of all workplaces and organizers of all activities will take every reasonable step to ensure minimal interaction of people within 2 metres of each other and carry out advice to minimize risk as issued by the chief medical officer of health. To review details in full, please see the government’s declaration here.

Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Jennifer Russell announced beginning today restrictions will be implemented for all travellers arriving in New Brunswick from outside the province. Interprovincial travellers, like international travellers, will need to self-isolate for 14 days. All unnecessary travel into the province is prohibited, and peace officers are authorized to turn away visitors when they attempt to enter. Commercial traffic and essential employees will be exempt from these measures, as will police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and members of the military.