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Reopening Plans In 2 Provinces Are Already Moving Into Their Second Phase

Two provinces are ahead of the game. Reopening plans in New Brunswick and Newfoundland & Labrador are already moving into their second phases. They haven't completely reopened yet so there are still some restrictions in place.

On May 8, New Brunswick officially moved into the second phase of its reopening plan.

The "orange level" is all about balancing restarting businesses and activities while preventing a resurgence of COVID-19 transmissions.

With this new development, elective surgeries can resume, gatherings of 10 or fewer can happen with physical distancing and outdoor religious services can be held.

Also, golf courses, outdoor tennis courts, marinas, campgrounds and ATV trails can be used.

Offices, retail businesses, restaurants, post-secondary educational institutes and some cultural venues can open once again.

COVID-19 guidelines like physical distancing will still have to be followed during this second phase.

"New Brunswick is moving forward and we are continuing on our road to recovery," said Dr. Jennifer Russell, New Brunswick's Chief Medical Officer of Health, during a press conference

After the "orange" phase there are two more levels.

The "yellow" one will see restrictions relaxed even further and the "green" one will be the new normal, where all conditions are lifted, except for "community face masks (facial coverings), which remain required to wear in public when ill."

That last level will come once a vaccine is available or more is known about how to protect people from COVID-19.

On May 11, Newfoundland & Labrador is moving into its second phase of COVID-19 recovery and reopening if the amount of new cases stays low.

That means the province will go from Alert Level 5 down to Alert Level 4.

With that, people can gather in groups of 10 people.

Golf courses can reopen with some restrictions in place,  recreational angling and hunting are allowed, some health care services can resume and garden centres can open.

Also, accounting firms, law firms and financial services can offer in-person services.

However, retail stores that aren't essential will stay closed and restaurants still can't offer in-person dining.

There are three more levels of reopening in Newfoundland & Labrador after Alert Level 4 with more restrictions being eased with each new phase.

The final level will be the new normal, with all long-term public health measures lifted.

That will depend on an effective vaccine, a strong public health system and the evaluation of COVID-19 transmission patterns.

Other parts have Canada have started to ease some restrictions on places like provincial parks, patios and hair salons.