Update #2 on COVID-19
New Brunswick - State of Emergency
March 20, 2020
 
Good afternoon Members, 
 
The premier has reiterated that construction activities continue and that they are not prohibited under this declaration.
  
The government’s news release can be found  here
 
Update #1 on COVID-19
New Brunswick - State of Emergency
March 19, 2020
 
Good afternoon Members, 
 
At today’s news conference,  Premier Blaine Higgs declared a State of Emergency in New Brunswick. All retail and public-facing businesses have been immediately and mandatorily ordered to close. Exceptions have been made for: 
  • Grocery stores 
  • Pharmacies 
  • Liquor Stores / Cannabis NB locations 
  • Financial and Lending Institutions 
  • Automobile Repair Shops 
  • Post Offices 
  • Hardware and Auto Parts Stores 
  • Gas Stations and Convenience Stores 
  • Restaurants (takeout or delivery only) 
 
Businesses that are not public facing may continue to operate while continuing to protect their employees. In order to protect employee and public safety, businesses that remain open are required to take every reasonable step to:  
  • Ensure that there is minimal interaction of people within two (2) metres
  • Reduce operations to critical functions only 
  • Prevent people with symptoms of COVID-19 to enter their workplace 
  • Prevent people who have travelled internationally within the past 14 days to enter their workplace 
 
Further measures: 
  • Lounges and special facilities under the Liquor Control Act must close
  • Construction activities that are public-facing must stop 
  • Owners and operators of premises where people may gather in large numbers must take all reasonable steps to ensure that no gatherings of 10 or more occur 
  • Landlords are prohibited from evicting residential tenants for non-payment of  rent through 31 May 2020 
  • Registrations, licenses, etc., that were valid on 16 March 2020 remain valid through 31 May 2020 
 
The declaration of state of emergency can be found  here
 
The government’s news release can be found  here
 

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Some additional items you may find interesting are:
  • The tax deferral only applies to income tax at this time,not  other remittances such as HST
  • The wage subsidy works as an offset mechanism. So if you pay your employees $10,000 this month in gross wages, and you have to remit $2,000 in payroll remittances to CRA, you could reduce that to $1,000 because of subtracting 10% of the wages from the total. 
  • BDC is also hosting a webinar on 25 March 2020 at 1:00 pm to provide information on the additional $10 billion in available funding announced 13 March 2020. Register here
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