New Brunswick is now in a Green health zone. At midnight, on July 30, 2021, the Province of New Brunswick lifted its state of emergency and the mandatory order (COVID-19) has been removed.
While a COVID-19 operational plan is no longer required, we strongly recommend employers develop a communicable disease prevention plan.
COVID-19 is not going away. It will continue to circulate, as will other communicable diseases such as seasonal influenza, H1N1 and norovirus. COVID-19 variants also remain a threat. As an employer, you must take every reasonable precaution to keep your workplace healthy and safe.
WorkSafeNB is working to support the direction of public agencies for slowing the progression of COVID-19 by helping workplaces to take appropriate preventive measures. To support this effort we've provided the following information about COVID-19 and the workplace:
Due to the volatility of the COVID-19 situation and constantly evolving evidence, the responses provided will be updated as new information becomes available. Additional references are included in the answers. The reader is advised to give greater weighting to local or provincial guidance and follow the highest standard should there be a difference.
WorkSafeNB is committed to doing our part to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. We are actively monitoring the situation to determine how to best support workers and employers around the province while balancing the health and safety of our own employees and clients. Learn more.
Workers’ compensation is available for a work-related injury or illness and is not provided for workers who withdraw from work for preventive reasons.
Claims submitted for a COVID-19 virus infection contracted through a work-related exposure are adjudicated on a case-by-case basis. For a claim to be accepted, evidence must show that the infection arose out of and in the course of employment and the risk of contracting the disease through the employment is greater than the risk associated with contracting it through day-to-day living. Learn more about the application of benefits.
See also: Policy 21-109 Conditions for Entitlement – Infectious Diseases
The COVID-19 situation is changing quickly so it is important to stay up-to-date on information. For more on COVID-19, we recommend consulting the following web pages regularly:
WorkSafeNB encourages all New Brunswickers to download the COVID Alert app, have their phones on them whenever possible, and open the app at least once a day to see if they receive a potential exposure notification.