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
  • IRAC
  • 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

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. 

Late fees and licence suspensions

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: 

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. 

Sheriff Services

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

There will be limited points of entry for other provincial government buildings. Signs will be posted.

Health PEI Facilities

  • 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.

Anyone who has traveled outside of Prince Edward Island and has returned since March 8 is restricted from visiting patients for 14 days following their return.

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
Summerside, PE   

Health PEI Administrative Offices
16 Garfield Street
Charlottetown, PE .

Emergency child care services will be available to essential workers who have no alternatives during this pandemic. If this applies to you, complete the Emergency Child Care Services online form.

Early learning and education

Policing Services

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.
Stay home if you can. Only go out if it is essential and practice social distancing. Stay home if you are in self-isolation.

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.
Reminder: Call ahead if you have a health-related appointment booked. If it is not essential, it may be postponed.

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.

Published date: 
April 2, 2020
Health and Wellness

General Inquiries

Department of Health and Wellness
4th Floor North, Shaw Building
105 Rochford Street
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-6414
Fax: 902-368-4121

DeptHW@gov.pe.ca