Closures Due to COVID-19
Public health risk continues to be reassessed and updated as new information becomes available.
The best way for Islanders to come together right now, is to stay apart.
Public access to provincial buildings and services
All non-essential provincial government services have been halted, in most cases for a period of two weeks, with an update to be provided at a later date. Many provincial offices and buildings are closed to the public. If you require government services, use online services and phone services where applicable.
Provincial offices are currently closed to public
- Access PEI service counters are closed. Staff are on-site to allow for registry access and essential services that operate in Access PEI buildings. (See Late fees and licence suspensions below)
- PEI Liquor Control Commission - Government-operated retail locations are closed with the exception of these locations: Oak Tree Place, Montague, Granville Street, O’Leary, and Souris are open with limited hours (Monday – Saturday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm). Find details at liquorpei.com. Agency stores licensed to sell liquor and breweries continue to operate.
- PEI Cannabis retail stores. For online delivery, visit peicannabiscorp.com
- Island Waste Management Corporation will continue to collect curbside and disposal facilities remain open for essential disposal from businesses, institutions and contract haulers only. IIWMC offices and contact centres are closed to the public and free Saturday blue-bag drop-off is suspended until further notice.
- Family Law, Legal Aid, Victim Services, Community and Correctional Services and Sheriff Services (see below) are operational with limited public access. Call ahead for direction on how to access these services.
Other provincial government buildings closed to public
- Agriculture and Land offices, including Inspection Services at Gordon Drive. Dairy samples will continue to be delivered
- Agriculture Insurance Corporation
- Aubin Arsenault Building
- Courts (see below)
- Efficiency PEI
- Finance PEI
- Forest, Fish and Wildlife offices in Southampton, Charlottetown and Wellington
- Government House
- Health PEI (see below)
- Human Rights Commission
- Innovation PEI
- Labour and Industrial Relations
- Mark Arendz Provincial Ski Park at Brookvale
- Museum and Heritage Foundation sites
- Office of Immigration
- Parliamentary Precinct (Coles Building, J. Angus McLean, and St. Paul’s Rectory)
- PEI Analytical Lab
- PEI Libraries across the province
- Provincial Firearms Office and Conservation Offices
- Provincial offices at the Atlantic Technology Centre
- Provincial Tax Office (see below)
- Skills PEI offices
- Visitor information Centres
- Worker’s Compensation Board - Visit wcb.pe.ca for workplace safety information
Courts remain open for urgent and emergency matters.
Fine payments will continue to be accepted by cheque or over the phone by credit card. Fine payments will not be accepted in person, so do not visit any court location to make a fine payment.
If you have recently received a ticket and you do not wish to dispute it, you must contact the Provincial Court in Charlottetown by telephone at 902-368-6693 or Summerside at 902-888-8187 BEFORE the due date indicated on the ticket to enter the guilty plea and arrange payment.
If you have recently received a ticket and you wish to dispute it, you must contact the Provincial Court in Charlottetown by telephone at 902-368-6693 or Summerside at 902-888-8187 BEFORE the due date indicated on the ticket. The Justice of the Peace will take your not guilty plea by telephone and set a date for your trial.
Access PEI has made the following extensions for renewals:
- 60-day grace period on vehicle registrations and drivers’ license renewals. Online Motor vehicle registration remains available.
- Expiring motor vehicle inspections on passenger vehicles are extended for 60 days. Islanders are asked to exercise due diligence and insure your vehicle is safe to drive.
- All Highway Safety related permits, licenses or requirements to submit documents have been extended by 60 days.
- Police partners have been informed of this grace period (see Late fees and licence suspensions below).
Questions and inquiries about Access PEI services can be made between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm at the following locations:
- Charlottetown Access PEI, Phone: 902-368-5200 Email: email@example.com
- Summerside Access PEI (French language services), Phone: 902-888-8000, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- O'Leary Access PEI, Phone: 902-859-8800, Email: email@example.com
- Souris Access PEI, Phone: 902-687-7000 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
As a result of the provincial responses to mitigating risk of transmission of COVID-19, late fees and license suspension actions will not be taken due to these restrictions and the Province of Prince Edward Island will not be enforcing the collection of fine payments until government returns to normal operations.
Provincial Tax Office
Due to precautions being taken to avoid the spread of COVID-19, the Provincial Tax Office will be relaxing enforcement on late tax payments for April. Remittances and returns which may be delayed this month will be allowed a grace period.
As a result of the Provincial measures to mitigate risk of transmission of COVID-19, Sheriff Services is advising anyone required to make a payment to contact the Sheriff’s office to facilitate payment by credit card, mailing in cheque, or setting up direct deposit. Please do not attend in person at Sheriff Services to make a payment.
Call Sheriff Services at 902-620-3573
- All Health PEI facilities, including hospitals, closed to visitors.
- Long-term care facilities closed to visitors.
Exceptions apply for palliative patients, intensive care, neonatal intensive care, obstetric and pediatric units. In these units, only ONE designated visitor is permitted - a member of the patient's immediate family OR their care partner within the hospital.
The following Health PEI offices are also closed to the public:
PEI Medicare Offices
126 Douses Road
Montague, PE C0A 1R0
Home Care Offices in Summerside
310 Brophy Avenue
Health PEI Administrative Offices
16 Garfield Street
Charlottetown, PE .
Early learning and education
- All public schools are closed for in-person classes. Learn more at Parents and Students - School Closure FAQ
- PEI early years centres and licensed childcare centres closed for an indefinite period of time.
- Education offices, Public Schools Branch offices and FLSB offices
Front counter service for all police agencies in Prince Edward Island are being scaled back. Until further notice, the following services are suspended:
- Elective fingerprinting;
- Criminal records checks; and
- Vulnerable sector checks.
For full details, read the Prince Edward Island policing amid COVID-19 release
The following is a list of closure recommendations of the PEI Chief Public Health Officer:
Community and Businesses
- In-room dining at restaurants closed effective immediately; pick-up, delivery and drive-thru only.
- Bars closed until further notice.
- All indoor play areas closed.
- All theatres, including movie theatres, closed.
Community Health Services
- Dentist: Dental clinics closed effective today for the next 14 days; emergencies will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
- Optometrist: The National Optometry Association has provided guidance to its members to only take emergency appointments until further notice.
Funerals and Wakes
Effective March 17, wakes at funeral homes will be for family only, with no more than 20 people present. Online condolences and online donations will be available.