Anti-mandate protests return to New Brunswick Legislative Assembly as province enters Tier 1

Anti-warrant protesters gathered at various locations across New Brunswick on Saturday to travel for a second weekend of protests at the provincial legislature.

The Irving Big Stop in Lincoln, New Brunswick, just outside Fredericton, was a gathering place for several groups before heading downtown from the capital.

Unlike last weekend, no streets in the city were closed to traffic in anticipation of the protest. Traffic throughout downtown was able to flow freely as protesters held onto the grounds of the Legislative Assembly.

Fredericton police could easily be spotted throughout the city’s downtown area on Saturday.

New Brunswick moved to Level 1 of its COVID-19 winter plan at 11:59 p.m. Friday.

At Tier 1, businesses that had to reduce capacity at Tier 2, including entertainment centers, gyms and restaurants, can now operate at full capacity. Proof of vaccination will still be required in these establishments.

Spas and salons must also require proof of vaccinations or maintain physical distancing between clients.

Retail businesses are allowed to open at full capacity under Level 1.

Wearing a mask will remain mandatory in all indoor public spaces.

With files by Leigha Kaiser