New Brunswick to ease COVID-19 restrictions following drop in new cases

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FREDERICTON — Health officials in New Brunswick say they will begin easing public health restrictions tonight.

Starting at 11:59 p.m., officials say residents can travel between health zones and make visits to patients in hospital.

Chief medical officer of health Dr. Jennifer Russell says if the number of new cases remains low, all areas of the province may be able to move from the “orange” to the lower, “yellow” pandemic-alert level on March 7.

Under the new rules, people will be able to expand their list of contacts from 10 to 15, and restrictions will be eased for entertainment centres, churches and sporting activities.

Officials are reporting one new travel-related case of COVID-19 today, involving a person in their 20s in the Moncton region.

They say there are 41 active known cases in the province and one person is in hospital with the disease, in intensive care.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 26, 2021.

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