Going forward in PEI: The new normal
To help break the chain of COVID-19 transmission in PEI, Updated COVID-19 Post Circuit Breaker Holiday Measures are in effect from January 6 to January 25th, 2021.
These CIRCUIT BREAKER measures impact businesses and gatherings and are different from the restrictions PEI residents were asked to observe during the New Normal phase.
The circuit breaker phase restrictions override all other existing sector specific public health guidance. Government of Prince Edward Island COVID-19 recommendations and guidances may be impacted by the CIRCUIT BREAKER measures.
This 'new normal' will continue until it is determined that further restrictions are necessary or a vaccine and/or effective treatment for COVID-19 is available.
As of October 1, 2020
Family and friends
- Keep your household’s circle of contacts small
- Use discretion with close contact with extended family and close friends.
- Personal gatherings limited to no more than 20 persons.
- Cohorts of 50 persons kept separate with no limit on the number of cohorts.
- Gatherings over 50 persons must submit an operational plan.
- This applies to owners and operators of businesses, services or organizations and organizers of events (indoor or outdoor).
Business and NGOs
- Businesses, services and organizations can operate in accordance with public health measures.
- Operate within updated gathering limits and multiple gatherings guidance.
Child care (unlicensed and licensed)
Can operate at full capacity.
Return to full-time classroom learning for kindergarten to grade 12 with public health measures in place and contingency for online learning.
Return to post-secondary education through online and/or in-person learning with public health measures in place.
Maintain COVID-19 surge capacity and build PPE contingency stockpile while continuing delivery of healthcare services.
Long term care visitation
Partners-in-care and visitors can come in close contact with residents when necessary, with the continued use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
Public services may be fully reinstated in accordance with public health measures.
Sport and recreational activities
- Each organization can determine how to reasonably modify participant activities provided precautions are in place, recognizing that activities with close and/or sustained contact, loud shouting, singing, cheering, and/or larger numbers of individuals create greater risk for transmission of COVID-19.
- Consultation with national and provincial bodies is advised, where applicable.
Travel: Border screening and self-isolation
- Traveler screening remains in place at points of entry to PEI.
- Self-isolation requirements remain in place.
- Residents of Atlantic provinces (PEI, NB, NS,NL) have to check for any current rules and restrictions within the Atlantic travel bubble.
Public Health Guidance
Measures everyone can all take to prevent transmission of COVID-19:
- Stay informed, be prepared and follow public health advice
- 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; call 811 or visit a Drop-In COVID-19 Testing Clinic promptly if experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
- Maintain physical distancing of 2 m (6 ft.) with individuals who are not part of your household
- Wear a non-medical mask in indoor and 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 immediately.
- If required to self-isolate, do not leave home unless absolutely necessary, such as to seek medical care
- Adhere to personal and organized gathering limits
- Frequently clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces such as taps, doorknobs and countertops
- With employer’s support, continue working from home and encourage others to do the same
- Continue to use online, home delivery, and curbside pick-up shopping options where available
- People from different households can carpool or share drives if physical distancing is maintained, or if it cannot be maintained, a non-medical mask is recommended.
- Vulnerable individuals should exercise caution and minimize high-risk exposures situations
- Limit personal non-essential travel
- Keep a log of interactions to self-monitor and to facilitate contact tracing should a case be detected.
- Keep your household’s circle small.