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Community update on travel advisory self-isolation directive and local arena closures


The Saint John Emergency Management Organization (SJ-EMO) is working closely with provincial partners at Public Health as the provincial lead, and the NBEMO to prepare and respond to the increased likelihood of more Coronavirus infections in New Brunswick.

The SJ-EMO would like to bring two new important advisories to the attention of the community. These updates are provided in addition to the information shared by the City on Friday, March 13, 2020.


To avoid the spread of COVID-19, the Federal Government has issued a global travel advisory to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice. In addition, the Government of New Brunswick has advised that as of March 13, 2020, all travellers arriving in Canada from international points must self-isolate for 14 days. Self-isolation means staying at home and avoiding contact with other people to help prevent the spread of disease to others in your home and your community. The City of Saint John is following this directive for all employees.

For additional updates from the Government of New Brunswick, including the recent school closure notice, visit www.gnb.ca/coronavirus


All City-operated arenas, including the Charles Gorman, Hilton Belyea, Peter Murray and Stewart Hurley, will temporarily close, effective 6:00 p.m. March 15, 2020.

The Lord Beaverbrook Rink (LBR) has announced that it will temporarily close as of 7:00 p.m. on March 15, 2020.

TD Station has also announced that it has temporarily suspended all ice rentals. The Box Office and Administration Office remain open at this time.

The arenas will remain closed until further notice. 

City staff have been in contact with all organizations and associations that had scheduled bookings within the City-operated arenas.

We will continue to do our part and are monitoring the situation to determine potential additional measures and closures.


Please continue to follow the Government of Canada and Government of New Brunswick websites for the latest updates and information. You can also call 1-833-784-4397 for the Government of Canada Corona Virus information line.

The health and well-being of our entire community, region, workforce and their families is our main priority. We all play a role in defending against illness and reducing the spread of the Coronavirus to protect ourselves and keep our community as healthy as possible.

You can actively participate in the community effort to reduce the risk:

  • Stay informed with credible, fact-based information by following the advice of your personal health care provider and governing bodies regarding COVID-19. This is a rapidly evolving situation and updated information and guidance will be provided as it becomes available.
  • Promptly report suspected cases to public health officials by calling 8-1-1.
  • Avoid contact with anyone who may be sick, and stay home if you yourself are sick.
  • Practice good hygiene and wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or into a tissue and throw it away.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands.
  • Practice social distancing. This means avoiding crowded places and non-essential gatherings, greeting one another with a wave instead of a handshake or hug, and distancing yourself from others at the recommended two metre (two arms’ length) distance.
  • Take care of yourself and those in our community.

Helpful Links

New Brunswick Coronavirus website

Public Health Agency of Canada - Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak updates

Public Health Agency of Canada  - Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Awareness resources

Public Health Agency of Canada contact details:
Toll free: 1-833-784-4397
Email: canada.ca

Q&A – City service updates and precautionary measures

Public release issued by the City on March 13, 2020

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