Phase #1

Phase One was the first of four distinct phases implemented with a gradual lifting of public health measures on individuals, communities and organizations over three-week periods. Phase 1 officially began May 1, 2020 and ended May 21, 2020.

    What happened during Phase 1?

    Limited outdoor and indoor personal gatherings and physical contact

    • Members of the same household may gather outdoors with up to 10 other individuals from different households;
    • Members of the same household may gather indoors with up to 5 other individuals from different households, for activities such as watching a movie and/or socializing;
    • Maintaining physical distancing is important during any gatherings with those from outside your household;
    • You may extend your household unit by one or two members, who are important to supporting your household or who you feel may need closer contact and support (e.g. hug, handshake, etc.);
    • If sharing food, no buffet style serving and do not share utensils;
    • Do not share equipment/items among people from different households.

    Limited non-contact outdoor and indoor recreational activities

    • Allow recreational activities while maintaining physical distance including, for example:
      • Walking, hiking, cycling and motorcycling
      • Golf courses, driving ranges and shooting ranges
      • Current PEI residents going to their own seasonal properties on PEI
      • Recreational fishing, including inland and tidal water fisheries and all recreational shellfish
      • Marinas and yacht clubs
    • Do not share equipment among people from different households for recreational purposes.
    • Must follow the personal gatherings limits.

    Re-opening of select outdoor and construction services

    The following services will now be able to serve the public:

    • landscaping
    • outdoor construction (e.g. decks, roofing, fencing)
    • new construction including roads, and indoor projects as per physical distancing guidelines
    • watershed clean-up and stream maintenance
    • pool maintenance and construction
    • outdoor photography, etc.

    Child care services

    Child care for essential service workers is available.

    Priority non-urgent health care services

    It is recommended that health care delivery continue virtually where possible and feasible. Workers are encouraged to use personal protective equipment (PPE) as recommended by point-of-care risk assessment and/or as recommended depending on your practice/location.

    • A phased approach to reintroducing certain elective surgeries and other priority services (e.g. cardiac supports, cancer screening, immunizations) that have been identified and assessed to mitigate long term significant health impacts while maintaining capacity to treat COVID-19 patients.
    • Select health service providers, including, for example:
      • physiotherapists;
      • optometrists and opticians;
      • chiropractors;
      • foot care providers;
      • occupational therapy;
      • naturopaths

    Public services

    Priority public services


    Home-based learning options, with some limited activities, will continue.

    Long-term care

    Visitor restrictions remain in place.

    Published date: 
    July 20, 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