COVID-19 Social Distancing

Social distancing is a way that we can all help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, and within the Province. The recommendations for social distancing from the Chief Public Health Officer, is that people stay at least two (2) meters, or six (6) feet apart and to avoid unnecessary close personal contact.

Stay home as much as possible.

If you do go out, keep 2 metres or 6 feet apart from others.

The virus is most commonly spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes, and the droplets land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby, or inhaled into the lungs. You may also catch it from touching something with the virus on it, then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands.

Ways to practice social distancing include:

  • Avoid shaking hands, and ensure you wash your hands thoroughly, and if you are ill or feeling unwell, stay home;
  • When having conversations with others, observe a two (2) metre, or six (6) foot distance to avoid any transmission;
  • Use instant messaging, or video applications in place of face-to-face conversations;
  • Avoid large gatherings;
  • Sit at least two (2) metres apart in workspaces, where possible;
  • Wipe down shared surfaces, and practice higher frequency cleaning;
  • When working with clients, where possible keep the two-metre distance; and
  • Do not share food, plates or cutlery.

Out-of-province travel for medical appointments

If you must travel out-of-province because of a medical appointment, you must practice social distancing. As much as possible, make only necessary stops like filling up for gas while practicing social distancing.

Upon your return to Prince Edward Island, you do not have to self-isolate if you have been diligent in social distancing.

Visiting Prince Edward Island?

If you are travelling to Prince Edward Island from out of province, you are asked to be diligent in social distancing when leaving your vehicle.

Check with organizers for updates on delays, postponements or cancellations.

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Self-Isolation vs Social Distancing Information Sheet

Published date: 
April 3, 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