FREDERICTON (GNB) – Public Safety Minister Carl Urquhart said today he is pleased that Quad NB is keeping ATV trails closed, in compliance with the current mandatory order issued under the Emergency Measures Act.

“We understand that there are numerous enthusiastic users of off-road vehicles eager to practise their sport in various regions of the province, and we appreciate the work of Quad NB in the development of this sport,” said Urquhart. “However, it is premature to allow such activities.”

The mandatory order states, in paragraph eight, that every owner and occupier of any building or land on which people may gather must take all reasonable steps to prevent gatherings, and to ensure that people on their premises do not come within two metres of each other.

“We know that the majority of trail users are safety-minded and respectful of the rules, but we also know that it would be impossible to ensure that people stay two-metres from each other and not gather in groups along the thousands of kilometres of trails,” said Urquhart. “Keeping New Brunswickers safe and healthy must remain our top priority, not only for the provincial government, but for all organizations in this province. By working together, we will succeed in slowing the spread of the COVID-19.”