Dalhousie mayor welcomes return to yellow COVID-19 phase; N.B. reports 1 new case

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DALHOUSIE, N.B. — The mayor of Dalhousie, N.B., says he's pleased the province has downgraded his region from the orange COVID-19 alert level but is worried about the toll the restrictions have taken on some local businesses.

“I'm pleading with the citizens of Dalhousie and Restigouche County to support our local businesses to help them stay afloat," Mayor Normand Pelletier said in an interview Friday.

The province announced Thursday that the northern region would be moved down to the yellow level, the second time it has had restrictions eased since the pandemic started.

The region fell back into the orange level last month after public health officials identified signs of community transmission that led to a COVID-19 outbreak.

Pelletier said he was concerned about businesses that were just beginning to recuperate from the initial lockdown when they were forced to close again.

He said residents of the town of 3,200 followed the added restrictions, which included limits on gatherings and a requirement to wear masks in indoor and outdoor public spaces. Now, the town is focused on helping ensure the region doesn’t slip back, he added.

"People followed the criteria and did what we had to do to get it done," Pelletier said. "We're glad to be back in yellow, and I think we've got to . . . take precautionary measures all the time."

He said Dalhousie's residents are happy to reconnect in person with friends and family under the new status that took effect today.

The easing was followed by the reporting today of one new case in the region, known as Zone 5, bringing the total number of active cases across the province to 24.

The newest case involves a person under the age of 20 who is currently in self-isolation and the source of infection is under investigation.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 6, 2020.

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