Phase #1

This is Phase One of four distinct phases that will be 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

All plans are subject to change as the situation continues to evolve. Organizations and businesses are not required to re-open on the first date of each phase of Renew PEI, Together. They may choose to continue operating virtually or online.

Not all organizations and businesses have been identified in the respective phases. Those referenced represent the types of services and activities that fall within that phase. Organizations and businesses that are unsure about which phase they may re-open can seek direction from the Chief Public Health Office.

    Effective May 8, 2020

    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.

    Effective May 1

    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.

    Public Health Guidance

    The following is public guidance for all phases of Renew PEI Together:

    • Stay informed, be prepared and follow public health advice
    • Maintain physical distancing of 2 m (6 ft) with individuals who are not part of one’s household
    • Adhere to mass gathering limits (see Phases)
    • Stay home when ill and call 811 promptly if experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
    • 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
    • Don’t touch your face with unwashed hands
    • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve, and wash your hands directly after
    • Ensure enhanced cleaning and disinfection of commonly touched surfaces
    • 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
    • Co-workers and neighbours can carpool or share drives if physical distancing is maintained
    • Vulnerable individuals should exercise caution and minimize high-risk exposures
    • Limit personal non-essential travel
    • Consider wearing non-medical masks in certain situations e.g. public transit
    • Keep a log of interactions to self-monitor and to facilitate contact tracing should a case be detected
    Published date: 
    May 19, 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