Important - 17 January 2021

Zone 4 (Edmundston region) will move to the Red level effective at midnight tonight.
  • Personal services such as barbers, hair stylists or spas are closed.  
Please stay safe

05 January 2021

New Brunswick will return to the Orange level effective midnight tonight.

Recovery level rules 

In the Orange level, Public Health measures and guidelines must still be followed.

All cosmetology establishment can remain open during the orange level but are required to follow all safety protocols set by the Public Health and WorkSafe NB.

UPDATE INFORMATION: December 4, 2020

Please click the link below for the PDF version on Protocols during COVID-19.


Please find attached a Webinar by the CANB on the COVID-19 pandemic. 


These outline the current situation, our response, and how you can best comply or find more information about government restrictions.  We recommend that you re-watch and re-read these at least once a month to refresh your mind and ensure you are in compliance.  

Update: November 20th, 2020

Dr. Jennifer Russell, Chief Medical Officer of Health announced today Zone 2, Saint John region, will roll back to the Orange phase as of midnight. Zone 1, Moncton region, returned to the orange phase yesterday.
  • NEW: Unregulated health professionals, barbers, hair stylists or spas may operate under a COVID-19 operational plan, with enhanced public health measures such as active screening of patrons, closed waiting rooms, and enhanced barriers.
  • NEW: Essential travel only is recommended in and out of Orange level zones, however, people can continue to travel within the province for work, school, essential errands and medical appointments.
Non-Essential Travel information

Note to Members:
Some of our members were recently visited by a public health inspector using COVID-19 safety protocols from another association to assess the operation of the member’s salon.

This was a mistake, and it has been addressed and corrected with the individual inspector.

We want to assure all our members that they are required to follow the COVID-19 Safety Protocols of the Cosmetology Association of New Brunswick and no other.

We are confident this was a one-off oversight as we all adapt to new regulations and learn to operate in a dramatically changed work environment. However, if any of our members anywhere in the province experience this or something similar during an inspection, please let us know so we can immediately address and correct it.

Update: November 17th, 2020

Government officials have prepared a recommendation for changes to the COVID-19 recovery phases that would allow our members to remain open during an orange phase with enhanced controls in place. This recommendation is working its way through the government decision-making process and we anticipate the change being in place by the end of the month. That is subject to change, but it is the current expectation of government experts making the recommendations. 

We continue to remain in close contact with the government and will provide any updates as things change or become more definite. 


Update: November 5th, 2020

Today, November 5, 2020, Dr. Jennifer Russell and Premier Blaine Higgs have announced that Zone 5 can return to the yellow phase as of midnight tonight. During the yellow phase salons and spas can operate under the guidance of their operational plan.

Update: October 26th, 2020 

Please find attached a Webinar by the CANB on the COVID-19 pandemic.  It outlines the current situation, our response and how you can best comply or find more information about government restrictions.  We recommend that you re-watch this at least once a month to refresh your mind and ensure you are in compliance. 

Link to Webinar

Where to Find Information:

The government of New Brunswick website provides a lot of information pertaining to COVID-19 as well as specific phone numbers to ask questions about COVID-19.

WorkSafeNB is responsible for overseeing the compliance of businesses with COVID-19 restrictions.

CANB website Webinar and COVID-19 information

Stay safe and stay strong.  We will get through this together!
CANB TEAM                          

Update: October 22, 2020…/en/news/news_release.2020.10.0550.html

IMPORTANT – October 19, 2020
-CANB Team

October 9th, 2020 - URGENT UPDATE!

Due to today’s announcement that salons and spas in Zone 1 and 5 are sanctioned to close as of midnight tonight, we want to reiterate the importance of compliance. Requirements and protocols will undoubtedly continue to evolve due to the ever-changing dynamics of this pandemic, if we don’t work together to get this right, we risk the possibility of closures again. Stay safe!

“COVID-19 is again making its presence known and felt within our province in a way that impacts us all,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health. “If the rest of the province wants to stay in the Yellow level and get the two Orange zones back to Yellow quickly, everyone needs to follow all public health measures including practicing physical distancing, limiting your social gatherings, washing your hands, staying home if even mildly sick and getting tested.”

The CANB is currently campaigning to all government agencies to advocate for its members who live and work in Zone 1 and 5. We issued a statement of support for the reopening of cosmetology establishments. We informed the government that members are highly trained to implement safety protocols to protect the public, as it is part of our mandate. We assured them that members will continue to abide by the imposed safety regulations implemented by Public Health.

The CANB will continue to advocate for the reopening of cosmetology establishments in Zone 1 & 5.

August 25th - latest safety protocol

Due to the volatility of the Covid-19 situation and constantly evolving evidence, we strongly encourage you to visit the COVID-19 website for the most current information:

NOTE: Cosmetologists who offer services such as facials, facial depilatory, make-up application, beard, and mustache trimming will be required to wear a mask and a shield while the client’s mask is removed.

Salons that have implemented safety measures that allow for the provision of services involving the face may permit clients to remove their face covering during the service but must put it back on once the service is complete. The employee must wear a face mask and a face shield over their mask while the service is being provided. This is an important protective measure while the client is not wearing their mask.

August 20th - Important Update

The Government of NB has updated the 2 meters distancing rule to 1 meter (3 feet), however, any changes that are implemented in a cosmetology establishment remains at the discretion of the salon proprietor.

Announcement of the provincial government allows the following to CANB Cosmetology Establishments:



If applicable


1) Waiting Rooms

Salons/spas can open their waiting rooms
but must practice 1 meter (3 feet) social
distancing; sanitation and safety protocols
must be a priority

The floor plan must accommodate
the changes

1 meter (3 feet)
2meters distancing if food or drinks are consumed

2) Designated signage

Shall change to 1 meter
(3 feet) distancing


1 meter (3 feet)

3) Without barriers

Clients and staff can now be 1 meter (3 feet)

Only if the salon/spa floor plan can
accommodate the 1 meter (3 feet) apart

1 meter (3 feet)
2 meters distancing if food or drinks are consumed

4) Increase in staff

Providing that the 1 meter (3 feet) distancing
rule is followed

The floor plan must accommodate and
additional staff and clients

1 meter (3 feet)

5) Masks

All cosmetologist and clients must wear
a mask and that all reasonable steps to
minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission


6) Contact tracing/pre-screening

Maintain contact tracing for no less than
21 days



7) Hand sanitizer/washing

Continue to have clients/cosmetologists
practice handwashing and/or using
hand sanitizer 



8) Operation Plan

Update operation plan to indicate any
changes that you are implementing



9) Cleaning and disinfecting

Continue to follow CANB infection control/prevention



June 26,  2020 - Atlantic Bubble starting July 3rd

Effective Friday, July 3, residents of the Atlantic provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador) can travel within the four provinces without the requirement to self-isolate. Atlantic Canadians traveling within the region will not need to self-isolate for 14 days.

To ensure the health and safety of all Atlantic Canadians, it is important to maintain good public health measures such as:
  • Avoid travel / vacationing and staying home if sick
  • maintain physical distancing (2m / 6ft)
  • wear a community face mask when physical distancing not possible to maintain
  • limit contact with people at higher risk, such as older adults and those in poor health
  • clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces often
  •  Frequently wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom and when preparing food
    • use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  • when coughing or sneezing:
    • cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand
    • dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined wastebasket and wash your hands afterward
    • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
Due to the volatility of the COVID-19 situation and constantly evolving evidence, the responses and resources provided may need to be updated as new information becomes available. Here is a list of answers to Frequently Asked Questions. 


June 16, 2020 - Government Financial Support

Congratulations, to the many members who have successfully and safely reopened salons and spas. You all are working very hard to follow proper safety protocols to ensure the safety of your clients, families, and staff. The CANB is one of the largest mandatory licensing bodies in New Brunswick and your comradery and support for your organization are apparent. 

The Board of Directors will continue to communicate with the government to provide you with guidance and support. We cannot guarantee the outcome of the government, but we will continue to advocate for the members of the CANB. PNB response to a request from CANB: 

Please Click Here for our latest update. This includes links to Government Income Support Programs for both individuals and workers.

Stay safe!


June 2, 2020 - Information about Face Masks and Shields

Public Health states the purpose of face coverings is to protect the people around the user. Face shields are designed to protect the user.  Therefore, shields should not be used as a substitute to face coverings unless a face-covering introduces a hazard to the worker. This must be demonstrated by a risk assessment and be part of the employer’s COVID-19 operational plan. One example where face coverings should be worn is those occupations that deal directly with the public. For example, servers in a restaurant setting would not be allowed to wear a face shield. Whereas, due to the work environment in the same restaurant, the kitchen staff would benefit more from wearing a face shield for their own protection.

If a face shield must be used it should extend below the chin, cover the ears and there should be no exposed gap between the forehead and the shield’s headpiece. Using a face shield over a face covering is not prohibited.

Click Here for important information about Faceshields and Masks directly from WorksafeNB.


May 28, 2020 - Zone 5 Returning to Orange Level

Due to yesterday’s announcement that salons and spas in Zone 5 are sanctioned to close until further notice, we want to reiterate the importance of compliance. Requirements and protocols will undoubtedly continue to evolve due to the ever-changing dynamics of this pandemic, if we don’t work together to get this right, we risk the possibility of closures again.

A client who resides or has traveled to Zone 5 should not be permitted to receive any cosmetology services in any cosmetology establishment. Personal services businesses such as barbers, hairstylists, spas, estheticians, manicurists, and pedicurists, cannot operate at this time in Zone 5.

All other zones in New Brunswick are currently transitioning to the Yellow level. During this time, Public Health measures and guidelines must still be followed.

Click here to read more about this update.


May 22, 2020 - Reopening of Salons and Spas

Premier Blaine Higgs announced we are now entering the Yellow phase; salons and spas can now be open.

It is at your discretion when you reopen. Please ensure you have all your mandatory and recommended safety protocols in place prior to reopening.

All of the precautions for workplaces that can keep workers, clients, and customers two meters apart continue to apply. In addition:
  • Install a physical barrier, such as a plastic guard, if possible, to help protect workers from potential exposure before considering other options. See your CONTROL OPTIONS on page 6.
  • Rather than adopting a passive screening tool, actively screen employees and customers for symptoms and risks of COVID-19.
  • Face coverings are mandatory as an additional measure to protect employees, clients, and, visitors when workplaces are not able to ensure two meters of physical distancing.
  • Keep visitor and employee logs for access points and rooms where physical distancing is not possible. Appointment books and reservation lists with names and contact information can replace logs for tracing visitors. In time, electronic records or control tracing apps may be available to help with this contact record keeping.

Thank you for your patience during this difficult time and stay safe.


May 9, 2020 - WorkSafe Guide for Businesses

“Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions necessary to reduce risk, workplaces will not be the same as we left them and we will need to adjust. And while we all try to establish a new normal at our workplaces, there will certainly be an added layer of health and safety measures (physical distancing, screening, handwashing, etc.) required to ensure the safety of our workers, our customers, and our visitors.

This guide is designed to offer the guidance that New Brunswick workplaces need to help get business back up and running safely considering the pandemic. It also includes a template operational plan for reopening a business.

Make no mistake: the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we work. These changes extend to how individuals commute, enter workplaces, interact with others, manage tasks, and more”.


March 19, 2020 - State of Emergency Declared 

March 19, 2020

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you, the members of the CANB for your patience and understanding in this uncertain and unprecedented time.

Premier Blaine Higgs has declared New Brunswick a State of Emergency, all cosmetology establishments must close immediately.

The office of the CANB will remain closed until April 6, 2020

Be Safe and Healthy


March 18, 2020 - Recommended Closure

Dear members,

We have been working together with both the Chief Medical Officer of Health and with our colleagues in NS (The Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia) and PEI (The PEI Hairdressers Association). 

The COVID 19 pandemic has been evolving daily, and in some cases hourly.

Thank you for your patience and support during these unprecedented times.  

This afternoon, both the Chief Public Health Officer of Prince Edward Island and the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Nova Scotia will announce the closure of all salons in their jurisdictions.  We are working with the New Brunswick Chief Officer of Medical Health, but we do not have an order from them yet.

That said, our Association has two founding missions:
  • Promote our Profession
  • Protect the Public
While we await formal direction from the Chief Medical Officer of Health, we recommend that you seriously consider closure.  We are not medical professionals and we cannot order you to close, but it does seem to be the prudent course of action at this time to protect the health and welfare both of our members and the public.  

We are preparing a list of FAQs for you.  These will be posted on our website and our Facebook Page later today.  We will keep these updated throughout the COVID-19 pandemic as it progresses.

 We will get through this, and we will come out the other side stronger as an association.  Thank you for your patience, support, and cooperation

Frequently Asked Questions

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