COVID-19 Post Circuit Breaker Measures: March 13, 2021

Beginning Saturday, 13 March 2021, the following post circuit breaker measures are in place until mid April 2021. The measures will be reassessed throughout.

COVID-19 Level GraphicThese restrictions override all other existing sector specific public health guidance.

All businesses, services and organizations, as well as organizers of organized gatherings, are required to have measures in place to mitigate transmission of COVID-19 and to develop and follow an operational plan detailing those measures.

All businesses, services and organizations, as well as organizers of organized gatherings, are required to have records for contact tracing in place, in accordance to guidance for their sector. Record keeping and reporting processes should be reviewed to ensure ability to provide accurate records quickly following a request from the Chief Public Health Office. See FAQ below re tips for records for contact tracing.

PEI’s participation in the Atlantic Bubble will remain suspended, and will continue to be assessed.

    COVID-19 circuit breaker measures
    Family and friends
    • Each household can gather with up to ten individuals indoors or outdoors

      • The ten individuals should be as consistent as possible including grandparents, friends/playdates and other family

      • Personal gatherings should be kept small. Outdoor personal gatherings are safer than indoor gatherings. Maintain distancing during gatherings as much as possible.

      • Ensure anyone coming to your home is not in self isolation and does not have symptoms of COVID-19

      • If someone in your household is self isolating or has symptoms of COVID-19 you shouldn’t host a personal gathering

    Gatherings (including religious gatherings)
    • Organized gathering limit of 50 for activities including concerts, worship services, and movie theatres.
      • Three additional multiples of 50 permitted with a prior approval of the operational plan (up to 200 total)
      • Facilities who are able to demonstrate separate entrances/exits/bathrooms for additional cohorts can be considered on an individual basis  
      • Wedding and funeral ceremonies may include up to two cohorts of 50 people, plus officiants, when held at a facility that has been approved for two or more cohorts
    • Wedding receptions and retirement gatherings up to 50 individuals; not eligible for multiple cohorts
    • Organized gatherings cannot occur in personal dwellings
    • Gyms/fitness facilities, museums, and libraries, may operate provided:
      • Physical distancing and other public health measures are maintained
      • Group activities follow the gathering limits
    • Organized recreation and team sports may resume following the organized gathering limits, with enhanced attention to records for contact tracing
    Business and NGOs
    • Retail stores, markets, and craft fairs may operate provided physical distancing and other public health measures are maintained
    • In-person consumption of food and beverage at food premises and licensed facilities with a 12 a.m. closing time; maximum table size of ten
      • People should be seated at all times, except for going to washrooms and entering/exiting; alcohol service and consumption only while seated
      • Limit of 50 people with an additional three groups of 50 permitted with a prior approval of the operational plan
      • Enhanced attention to records for contact tracing
    • Personal services may operate following the Personal Services Guidance.
    Child care
    • Unlicensed and licensed childcare centres 100% capacity, with physical distancing
    Health care (including community) 
    • All health care services and health care providers may continue to operate as normal, including mental health and addictions
    Public services
    • Public services should be available in-person, phone, virtual, delivery or pick-up
    Education and Training
    • Full time classroom learning for K-12 with public health measures in place and a contingency plan for remote learning
    • Post-secondary education and training through online and/or in-person  learning with public health measures in place
    Long-term care

    As of April 1, 2021, for facilities with high rates of resident vaccination:

    • Up to three partners in care. Designated number of visitors permitted.
    • Residents permitted to leave facilities with Partners in Care or Visitors  
    • Strict public health and control measures

    Public Guidance Measures we can all take to prevent transmission of COVID-19:

    • Stay informed, be prepared and follow public health advice
    • Keep your circle of contacts small and consistent
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; if not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains 60% - 80% alcohol
    • Stay home when ill and get tested promptly if experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
    • Maintain physical distancing of 2 m (6 ft.) with individuals who are not part of your household
    • Non-medical masks are required for indoor public spaces. Wear a non-medical mask in outdoor settings when you cannot maintain physical distancing from people from different households. Wearing a non-medical mask alone will not prevent the spread of COVID-19, and does not replace other public health measures such as physical distancing, hand washing, and staying home when sick.
    • Don’t touch your face with unwashed hands
    • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve, and wash your hands directly after
    • Frequently clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces such as taps, doorknobs and countertops
    • With employer’s support, consider working from home where feasible, especially when physical distancing cannot be maintained in the workplace, or prepare to have that option available should the need arise
    • Consider alternative ways to access and provide services including online shopping, home delivery, and curbside pick-up options
    • When seeking services outside of the home, follow public health precautions
    • People from different households can carpool or share drives. If physical distancing can’t be maintained, non-medical masks should be worn and every effort should be made to ensure some distance between passengers, including limiting the number of persons in a vehicle
    • Vulnerable individuals should exercise caution and minimize high-risk exposure situations
    • Keep a log of interactions to self-monitor and to facilitate contact tracing should a case be detected

    Frequently Asked Questions

    I was planning an organized gathering with 50 people – what does this mean for my event?

    Organized gatherings are permitted to proceed as per the gatherings guidance.

    I have been approved for a multiple gathering, with three groups of 50 (150 people total) – what does this mean for my event?

    Multiple gatherings with four cohorts of 50 are permitted at this time. If you were already approved for more than four groups of 50, you can proceed with four of the groups you were already approved for. Facilities who are able to demonstrate separate entrances/exits/bathrooms for additional cohorts can be considered on an individual basis. If you have a multi-use facility, or please reach out to the to discuss. Wedding and funeral ceremonies may include up to two cohorts of 50 people, plus officials, when held at a facility that has been approved for two or more cohorts.  Wedding receptions and retirement gatherings are limited to 50 individuals.

    What is a personal service?

    Examples of personal services include hair salons and barbers, manicures and pedicures, massage, tattooing, and acupuncture. A more exhaustive list can be found here: Personal Services.

    What should I consider while reviewing my system for records for contact tracing?

    While reviewing your systems for records for contact tracing, consider the following :

    • ensuring to capture people's full name (first and last)
    • printing information clearly so it is readable
    • including contextual information such as the name of the activity and the time of the activity
    • making sure that everybody who needs to be captured is included on the list, e.g. for a sporting activity include referees, volunteers and other officials and coaches as well as players
    • capturing not only people's names and contact information but also what role they play (e.g. for sporting activity, are they a player/coach/ref/etc.), and
    • for groups coming together regularly, have an electronic copy of the list ready to go and check the accuracy of the list frequently, at least weekly

    This is in addition to the standard guidance on records for contact tracing:

    • Records for contact tracing may be achieved with a responsible person completing attendance on site OR electronically in advance with verification on site.
    • Records including the names and phone number should be kept for one month to facilitate contact tracing in the event of an outbreak.
    • These records should be stored in a safe, secure location for one month after creation of the records and then disposed of using a secure destruction method to maintain the confidentiality of participants.  For paper records, secure destruction means, at minimum, cross-cut shredding.
    • Operations should have an internal process in place to quickly retrieve these records, should the records be needed, even on weekends.

    All business, services and organizations must collect names and phone numbers of all staff and volunteers.

    See also guidance specific to your sector, such as:

    For organized gatherings:

    • Operations must keep records of at minimum, one person per household and the number of individuals per household present.

    For food premises:

    • For table service, food premises must record at minimum, the name and phone number of one person per table and the total number of patrons in the dining party.

    For organized recreation and team sport:

    • Operations must keep daily records of all players, staff, and volunteers, participating in their program. Operations must also keep records for spectators of at least one person per table/seating area and the number of individuals per table/seating area

    Fitness facilities:

    • Operations must keep records of all patrons and staff.

    My business is not listed above as having additional restrictions placed on it, can I still operate?

    If your business, service or organization does not fall under the additional restrictions outlined above, then it may continue to operate following the general public health precautions for your sector.

    Can I do a drive-in or drive-thru event?

    Yes, drive-in and drive-thru events are permitted with the following precautions in place:

    • An operational plan outlining measures to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 is in place and followed
    • Vehicles are separated by a minimum of 2m/6ft
    • Individuals remain in their vehicles (except for washroom breaks)
    • For drive-thru events involving more than 50 people, there is minimal interaction between individuals outside of vehicles and those inside of vehicles

    If organizers must gather outside to provide the services, the organized gathering limit applies. The organized gathering limit does not apply to individuals in cars.

    Are tournaments allowed to occur?

    Tournaments are now permitted provided the total number of people mixing over the span of a day does not exceed 50; events with more than 50 people must be separated into divisions of no more than 50, crossover between divisions permitted on separate days; a prior approval required for events involving greater than 50 people.

    Players must be asked at the start of the event about COVID-19 symptoms and whether they have travelled off Island or have been in contact with anyone who has travelled off Island in the last 14 days.  

    Organized pre or post game/tournament activities must be restricted to team only, must follow the organized gathering guidance, and have an operational plan.

    These competitions should only proceed if their sport association has deemed that the sport can be done safely in these numbers. See Organized Recreation and Team Sport guidance.

    The 50 person limit is to minimize risk of transmission and keep contact tracing manageable in the instance of a positive case.

    What should individuals booking accommodations for tournaments and competitions consider?

    All individuals, including members of sports teams and their families must be mindful of the gathering restrictions in place and follow them.  If members of teams and their families are booking accommodations related to a game, tournament, or competition, efforts should be made to avoid large group bookings whenever possible.  Team members and their families must ensure that personal gatherings outside of a game venue follow the personal gathering limits of a household and 10 consistent individuals, throughout all interactions in the hotel, including meals and pool use.  

    Individuals staying at commercial accommodations must observe all other public health measures, including maintaining physical distancing, and wearing a non-medical mask in common areas.

    Organized pre or post game/tournament activities must be restricted to team only, must follow the organized gathering guidance, and have an operational plan.

    Published date: 
    April 13, 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