Changes to City programs and services as province moves to “green phase”

As the Province of New Brunswick moves into its COVID-19 “green phase” on July 30, 2021 at 11:59 p.m., the public is advised of the following changes to City of Fredericton programs and services starting July 31.

Mask Wearing / Partitions:

The wearing of masks in City facilities will no longer be required.  The public may choose to wear a mask and the City respects this choice.  Where practical, partitions will remain in place in locations like the service centre, transit operator compartments, etc. 

Transit:

Effective the morning of Saturday, July 31, 2021: 

  • Masks will no longer be required on buses, but will remain optional for those who wish to wear them;
  • Occupancy restrictions will no longer be in effect (full standing/seated loads permitted);
  • Enhanced daily fleet sanitization will continue until the end of 2021, at which point it will be re-assessed;
  • Operator plexiglass barriers will remain in place;
  • Hand sanitizer will remain available upon boarding;
  • Use of one-directional entrance and exit doors will remain encouraged, but will no longer be required;
  • Current measures to reduce operator and customer contact (such as modifications to fare payments) will remain in place.
  • The current transit schedule will remain in effect on July 31. Fredericton Transit will return to its regular schedule effective August 3, 2021. www.FrederictonTransit.ca

Recreation:

Fredericton Recreation is excited to be moving into the green COVID-19 phase at midnight on July 30

As a result, masking, distancing, contact tracing and hand sanitizing will no longer be required when you visit a municipal recreational facility or take part in any of our programs or events. 

Over the course of the coming days, all of our program delivery and facility operations will be modified to follow the new green COVID-19 phase protocol.

Some of the changes you will notice will include: 

  • Drop-in use will once again be available to take part in public swimming, public skating and to access indoor tracks. We encourage you to continue to make use of our online reservation app as it will keep you up-to-date of any scheduling changes and secure your spot prior to arrival.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will continue to be available for public use at our pools and arenas.
  • At municipal outdoor pools and the Fredericton Indoor Pool, swim capacities will increase.  At the Wilmot Park Splash Pad, hours of operation will increase (10:00am to dusk daily) without capacity limits.
  • Public skating, swimming and indoor track schedules and on-line sign-up options can be found here:  https://www.fredericton.ca/en/recreation/recreation-programming

Special Events:

City parks & greenspaces are available for approved Community Special Events without reduced participant capacities and no COVID operational plan required.  Make an application to hold a Special Event here: https://www.fredericton.ca/en/form/application-for-special-events

Upcoming special events can be found here: https://www.tourismfredericton.ca/en/events/event-listing

Tourism Fredericton:

Fredericton Al Fresco remains in place and food trucks will continue to operate at Killarney Lake as we continue to encourage residents to #SupportFredLocal.

Fredericton Tourism has announced the return of its free Summer Concert Series in Officers’ Square. The Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market moves to full capacity.

Council Meetings:

All Regular Council, Council-in-Committee and Standing Committee meetings will return to in-person meetings effective August 9, 2021. 

The City’s summer meeting schedule remains in effect.  To find out more about the meetings, visit https://www.fredericton.ca/en/city-council-meetings

Service Centre:

The City Hall Service Centre remains open. Masks will not be required; physical distancing, sanitizer and plexiglass dividers will remain in place. Online and phone options for payment and booking appointments will continue. The Centre continues to be open 8:15-4:30 from Monday to Friday, expect for holidays. To find out more, visit:  https://www.fredericton.ca/en/city-hall/service-centre-payments.

Moving forward, the City of Fredericton will continue to take its lead from the Province of New Brunswick and the Chief Medical Officer of Health on any related issues.