Moving On - Transition Plan to Living with COVID-19

Prince Edward Island is moving forward with a step-by-step plan to ease public health measures over the coMoving On - Transition Plan to Living with COVID-19 plan coverming weeks and months as we transition out of a public health state of emergency and learn to live with COVID-19.

This plan was developed based on numbers of cases, numbers of positive tests, new outbreaks, hospitalizations and the COVID-19 situation locally, nationally and internationally.

Throughout the transition and as we begin to live with COVID-19, Island residents and visitors are advised to get vaccinated as recommended, assess personal risk, and stay home when ill. Read the full plan, which outlines each step, here.

  • Step 1 (February 17, 2022) increases to personal and organized gathering limits, including for sports and recreation activities, and reduced measures for  business operations, post-entry isolation will be discontinued for fully vaccinated travelers, while continuing to test, and off-island travel for sports and recreation may resume.
  • Step 1 (February 24, 2022) updates to contact management

  • Step 1 (February 28, 2022) the Vax Pass program will be discontinued, and no isolation for travelers with ongoing testing of travelers.

  • Step 2 March 17, 2022 additional increases for outdoor personal gatherings and organized gathering limits, including for sports and recreation activities, as well as capacity limits for  business operations.
  • Step 3 (April 6, 2022) removal of personal and organized gathering and capacity limits, no point of entry screening, voluntary testing upon arrival to PEI.
  • May 6, 2022 masking requirements continue in certain high risk settings

  • May 24, 2022 masking no longer required in early learning and child care centers, and for students and staff in K-12 public and private schools and on school buses; masking requirements remain in high risk settings, including hospitals, long term and community care homes, and on public transit

  • Further easing of remaining measures as situation permits

Throughout the transition, COVID-19 press briefings will be held and public updates will be issued as needed. COVID-19 data will continue to be updated on the web.

Considerations

  • Ongoing vaccine uptake among Island residents is critical, including booster doses in those age 50 and over.
  • General public health measures such as physical distancing and masking as well as testing at the points of entry will continue to provide a solid foundation for easing these measures.
  • Going forward, we will watch for emerging variants with increased risk of severe disease and monitor and control outbreaks in vulnerable populations.
  • We will need to continue to be prepared to respond as there may be surges in COVID-19 activity and strain on our health system.
  • Vaccine recommendations will also continue to evolve.

Guidance for all steps:

  • Get vaccinated and boosted
  • Assess the risk to yourself and to others for participating in activities
  • Vulnerable individuals should exercise caution and minimize high-risk exposures situations
  • Stay home when sick
  • Remember that outdoor activities are lower risk than indoor, and smaller gatherings are lower risk than larger gatherings

Public health measures

Step 3 – Current

  • As of May 24, 2022, masks are no longer required in early learning and child care centers, and for students and staff in K-12 public and private schools and on school buses

  • Masking is still required in certain high risk settings, including hospitals, long term care, community care and public transit.

  • Further easing of remaining measures as situation permits

  • COVID-19 public health guidance can be found here

Personal gatherings

Step 3 – Current

  • Gathering limits removed
  • COVID-19 public health guidance can be found here

Organized gatherings

Spectators and attendees (e.g. worship services, concerts, spectators at sport events)

Step 3 – Current

  • No organized gathering limits

  • COVID-19 public health guidance can be found here

Receptions and dances

Step 3 – Current

  • May operate at full capacity
  • COVID-19 public health guidance can be found here

Sport and recreation

Step 3 – Current

  • May operate at full capacity
  • COVID-19 public health guidance can be found here

Business and NGOs

Step 3 – Current

  • May operate at full capacity
  • COVID-19 public health guidance can be found here

Long term care

Step 3 - Current (as of April 14, 2022)

  • A resident may identify unlimited visitors.

  • 2 visitors at a time recommended indoors

  • In outbreak situations, three Partners-in-care (PIC) permitted

  • Facility entertainment permitted with guidance on enhanced infection prevention and testing of entertainers prior to entering the facility.

  • Non-essential care providers permitted with guidance on antigen testing prior to entering facility.

  • Facility church permitted with guidance for entertainments (guidance provided to facilities).

  • Residents may go out on pass independently or in the care of a visitor including to community settings. Easing measures will continue to be assessed and prioritized as the situation permits.

Education and childcare

Step 3 - Current

  • As of May 24, 2022, masks are no longer required in early learning and childcare, and for students and staff in K-12 when they are on buses and when not seated in class.

  • Antigen testing recommendations continue

  • May operate at full capacity

  • Easing measures will continue to be assessed and prioritized as the situation permits.

Travel isolation and testing

(including PEI residents)

Step 3 – Current

  • No isolation for travellers
  • No screening or testing at any of the PEI points of entry
  • Federal border measures may apply

Case and contact management

Step 3 - Current

  • Enhanced measures recommended for close contacts

  • Isolation for cases based on vaccination status

  • Easing measures will continue to be assessed and prioritized as the situation permits.

Reporting

Step 3 – Current

  • Press briefings as needed, press releases as needed, continued updates to COVID-19 case data on website weekly
Published date: 
May 20, 2022
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