Coronavirus: Saint John area service updates, cancellations, and closures

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause shutdowns and changes in services around Saint John, here is an up-to-date list of services UNBSJ students should be keeping aware of. 

School changes

  • As of March 18, all of UNB’s campus buildings and off-campus sites will be closed with the exception of essential services. Closures include the cafeteria, the athletic centre, the SRC offices, and the Commons.  
  • All in-person classes have been cancelled until the end of the school year. No school work is allowed to be assigned from March 14 to 23. On March 23, classes will resume in an online format.  
  • UNB Libraries services have completely shifted into online services. 
  • No SRC or UNB events will be held during this cancellation. It has yet to be determined if graduation ceremonies will be held in May as planned. 
  • Students in residence must move out by the end of the day on March 18, with the exception of international students who may not be able to leave or those that are too ill. 
  • RealCampus is still delivering mental health services to students in need, so please reach out if you need support during this time. 

Community cancellations, closures, and updates

Saint John Transit is currently running on their normal schedules, but are suspending fare collections for the time being and are asking that clients use to back doors to enter the bus. 

Public access has been closed to correctional facilities. Extra phone calls will be offered to inmates during this time. 

Though childcare services have not been mandated to close, they have been instructed to follow current health and safety directives issued by the chief medical officer. 

Public schools throughout the province of New Brunswick are closed for two weeks as of March 16. 

NBCC is closed for the week of March 16-20. 

Municipal elections in the province have been delayed until later in the year. 

The City of Saint John has moved to essential services only. 

Courthouses are restricted to only the people who are necessary to the proceedings before the courts. 

The Saint John Energy office is closed. 

All Service New Brunswick centres are closed until March 23. 

All public rinks in the city are closed, including TD Station. 

Visitors and volunteers are not allowed at any Horizon Health facilities until further notice, with the exception of pediatrics, palliative care, intensive care, and neonatal intensive care, and obstetrics. In these cases, only one visitor is permitted per patient. All nursing homes in the province are also closed for visiting.  

Horizon is also cancelling non-urgent professional services such as elective surgeries, ambulatory clinics, therapeutic services, laboratory services, diagnostic imaging, respiratory therapy, blood collection, pharmacy, and rehabilitation. Affected patients will be called to advise. 

Horizon has allowed physicians to see their patients virtually for routine services such as prescription renewals and follow-ups. This includes phone calls and video chats. This includes mental health care from psychiatrists.  

Most local restaurants, cafes, and bars have closed until further notice. Individual business information can be found on their Facebook pages. Premier Higgs released a statement assuring that essential services such as pharmacies and grocery stores will remain supplied and open. 

NB Liquor is not taking cash payments at this time. 

Tim Hortons and Starbucks are only providing service through their drive-thrus. 

Cineplex has closed all of its theatres. 

Many banks have closed branches or reduced hours, so check their websites or Facebook pages for more information before you visit. 

All Goodlife fitness centres are closed. 

All shows at the Imperial Theatre have been cancelled until March 28. 

The New Brunswick Museum is closed until March 30. 

The YMCA is closed. 

All diocese masses and gatherings are cancelled until further notice.  

As of March 16, McAllister Mall has limited their hours to the following: Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. 

Those returning from international travel, including the U.S., on or after March 9 are still mandated to self-quarantine for a 14-day period. 

Canada has closed its borders temporarily to non-essential traffic, and highly discourages any non-essential travel until further notice. 

A reminder that if you are experiencing symptoms associated with the coronavirus (fever, cough, shortness of breath) to NOT go to the emergency room, but to call 811.