COVID-19 Information for Truck Drivers

PEI resident truck drivers (whether driving locally, nationally or internationally) do not have to self-isolate when in PEI if they are registered as rotational workers and are tested for COVID-19 at the required frequency.

Truck drivers who are not PEI residents do not qualify for exemption from self-isolation when in PEI and are required to follow the public health measures outlined below.  

PEI Resident Truck Drivers

In Order to be Exempt from Self-Isolation Restrictions, you must:

  • Complete the online application for rotational worker status and receive a letter of approval from Public Health.
  • Be tested for COVID-19 on days 0-1, 4-6 and 9-11 (depending how long you remain in the province). Testing frequency resets with each arrival; if there are multiple visits each week, there should be at least one test every 5 days. If you are leaving PEI within 48 hours of your next scheduled test, you are required to get tested before leaving.
  • Where possible, workers are advised to self-isolate, including away from the rest of their household, after each arrival into PEI until receiving their first negative COVID-19 test result.

If you do not get tested at the required frequency, you must remain in self-isolation for 14 days or for the duration of your stay in PEI (if less than 14 days).

While in PEI:

  • Keep a physical distance of 2m(6ft) from others when in public places
  • Wear a non-medical mask when in public places
  • Monitor for symptoms of COVID-19

If you experience any symptoms related to COVID-19, begin strict self-isolation and go to a drop-in testing clinic instead of waiting for your next scheduled testing appointment. 

  • Follow all public health measures, including:
    • Keeping your circle of contacts small
    • Practicing good hand hygiene and cough etiquette 
  • Get tested for COVID-19 at the required frequency

Vaccination:

  • The list of registered PEI resident truck drivers will be used to contact truck drivers to offer immunization when available for this group. If you have registered as a commercial truck driver, you will be contacted directly by Health PEI to set up your vaccine appointment.
  • If you haven't registered, do so now

Non-PEI Resident Truck Drivers

While Working You Must:

  • Maintain physical distancing of two metres or six feet from individuals
  • Wear a non-medical mask 
  • Practice hand hygiene
  • Monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19:
    • New or worsening cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fever/chills
    • Sore throat
    • Runny nose, sneezing, congestion
    • Headache
    • Muscle/joint/body aches
    • Feeling unwell/unusual tiredness
    • Acute loss of sense of smell or taste

When Not at Work, You Must Self-Isolate, Including:

  • Not going to public areas, including grocery stores or other retail outlets

    • Restroom breaks and refueling your vehicle are permitted, provided you maintain physical distancing from others, wear a non-medical mask and pay at the pump where possible

  • Arranging no-contact delivery medication and other essentials;
  • Arranging no-contact delivery of food where at all possible; drive-through is permitted or fast-food service, provided you maintain physical distancing from others and wear a non-medical mask. Eat-in and dining room service is not permitted.
  • Not attending public events, places of worship, restaurants/bars, arenas, and gyms;
  • Not visiting or hosting people, including friends and family; and
  • See also COVID-19 self-isolation.

If you are in PEI for greater than 24 hrs, and/or staying somewhere other than your truck, or planning to visit family, you must apply for pre-travel approval.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 at any time, begin strict self-isolation and go to a drop-in testing clinic.  All members of the household must also self-isolate until a negative test is received.

Testing

For your convenience, there is a testing clinic located at 20 Dickie Road in Borden, open daily from 8:00am to 3:00pm. It is also possible to schedule an appointment at a specific location by calling 1-855-354-4358.

Remember to bring your health card when you go to a testing clinic.

See all clinic times and locations

Access your COVID-19 test results online within 72 hours with your PEI Health Card.

If you do not have a PEI Health Card, call 1-833-533-9333 to get your test results or email MyTestResults@gov.pe.ca.

 

 

Published date: 
March 4, 2021
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