Public Health Measures Guidance

The following guidance is effective until further notice.
Starting 3 December 2021, children under the age of 12 years will be unable to travel interprovincially for the purpose of participating in sports tournaments or arts and culture events. PEI cannot host interprovincial tournaments and arts and culture events for children under 12 years of age. Provincial tournaments (within PEI) and arts and culture activities are permitted, as are provincial and interprovincial sports tournaments for those 12 years of age and older. PEI children under the age of 12 years can attend out of province tournaments and arts and culture events as spectators but they may not participate in those events. These measures will be in place until early January and will be reevaluated at that time.

Guidance for individuals

  • Get vaccinated against COVID-19 if you are eligible.
  • Practice physical distancing of 2m/6ft, where possible, with people outside of your family and friends.
  • Stay home when you are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Get tested if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (even if the symptoms are mild).
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Wear a mask in indoor public places.

Wearing a mask is mandatory in indoor public places. Exemptions to mandatory masks include, but are not limited to: children under the age of two years; children under the age of five years who will not wear a mask; valid medical reasons (such as active breathing problems); and anyone who cannot remove a mask without assistance.  See Wearing Non-Medical Masks in the Community for more guidance.

Personal gatherings

  • Personal gatherings must take place at a person’s home or in a public outdoor area (e.g. a park or trail).
  • Personal gatherings of family and friends are permitted up to a maximum of 50 people.
  • Personal gatherings do not require an operational plan.
  • Proof-of-vaccination is not required for personal gatherings. 
  • Gatherings held at other venues, such as community centres, require proof of vaccination. Find out more at PEI Vax Pass Program.

Guidance for businesses, services, organizations, and organizers of organized gatherings

All businesses, services, organizations, and operators of organized gatherings should encourage employees, volunteers, and participants to be fully immunized.  In settings where vaccine rates are low, reach out to public health for information on how to lower vaccine hesitancy and reduce barriers for accessing immunization.  Employers with more than 5 employees may take advantage of on-site vaccine clinics for employees who wish to be vaccinated at their place of work.  

As of October 5, 2021, proof-of-vaccination is required for attendees and volunteers to enter discretionary activities and events.  All businesses, services, organizations, and operators of organized gatherings must determine if proof-of-vaccination is required under the PEI Vax Pass program.

Public health guidance where proof-of-vaccination IS REQUIRED:

  • Develop and follow an operational plan to reduce transmission and spread of disease.
  • Develop and follow a policy to prevent people who have to self-isolate from participating in an activity or entering a facility.
  • Develop and follow a policy to prevent people who are sick or have symptoms of COVID-19 from participating in an activity or entering a facility.
  • Develop and follow an enhanced cleaning and disinfection routine.
  • Ensure hand washing and/or hand sanitizing stations are available and accessible.
  • Clear barriers may be used to separate staff/volunteers from customers/attendees during short interactions at point-of-sale areas and information counters.
  • Print and post signage notifying staff, volunteers, customers and attendees of mask-wearing guidance, other public health measure requirements, and policies regarding non-entry of people who have to self-isolate or who have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If staff are not fully vaccinated, take every reasonable step to ensure physical distancing among staff and between staff and patrons

  • Physical distancing must continue to be maintained in line-ups where there may be unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals also present at the premises (i.e. a line-up to pay for a meal at a take-out counter).

  • Non-medical mask requirements must continue to be followed.

Public health guidance where proof-of-vaccination IS NOT REQUIRED:

  • Develop and follow an operational plan to reduce transmission and spread of disease.
  • Develop and follow a policy to prevent people who have to self-isolate from participating in an activity or entering a facility.
  • Develop and follow a policy to prevent people who are sick or have symptoms of COVID-19 from participating in an activity or entering a facility.
  • Develop and follow an enhanced cleaning and disinfection routine.
  • Ensure hand washing and/or hand sanitizing stations are available and accessible.
  • Ensure physical distancing of 2m/6ft between customers or attendees from different parties.
  • If you host gatherings, events, or other group activities, keep records of attendees and staff for contact-tracing purposes.
  • Ensure signage on physical distancing requirements is clearly posted.
  • Clear barriers may be used to separate staff/volunteers from customers/attendees during short interactions at point-of-sale areas and information counters.
  • Print and post signage notifying staff, volunteers, customers and attendees of mask-wearing guidance, other public health measure requirements, and policies regarding non-entry of people who have to self-isolate or who have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Non-medical mask requirements must continue to be followed.

Organized Gatherings

All operators of organized gatherings must determine if proof-of-vaccination is required under the PEI Vax Pass Program. Certain gathering activities, including youth sport and activities, worship services, wedding ceremonies, and funeral and burial services, are not subject to the PEI Vax Pass Program.

Organized gatherings where proof-of-vaccination IS REQUIRED must follow these measures:

  • Everything listed above under “Guidance where proof-of-vaccination IS REQUIRED”

  • As of November 2nd, the formation of cohorts of attendees is no longer required (except youth participants participating in youth activities which must follow the cohort limits and measures for organized gatherings where proof-of-vaccination is not required).

  • If there will be more than 1000 attendees at an organized gathering, the operational plan must be submitted to the Chief Public Health Office for review (envhealth@ihis.org however no prior approval is required.

  • Physical distancing is not required among attendees.

  • Non-medical mask requirements must continue to be followed.

Organized gatherings where proof-of-vaccination IS NOT REQUIRED must follow these restrictions:

  • Cohorts must be formed of participants up to 100 people indoors and 200 people outdoors.
    • Activities and events that include close contact (i.e. participants in sports) are permitted in cohorts of 100, outdoors or indoors.
  • Organized gatherings may have more than one cohort, up to a maximum of 2,000 people.
  • Wedding and funeral ceremonies not following the PEI Vax Pass Program can have a maximum of 200 people.
  • Physical distancing is required within cohorts between people from different parties (e.g. families/close social groups).
  • Physical distancing of 2m/6ft must be maintained between different cohorts, and during short periods of interaction at shared areas like entry/exit points, washrooms, concession stands, hallways, etc.
  • Physical barriers such as fencing or stanchions are recommended to separate cohorts at events where there is a higher risk of mixing between cohorts.
  • An operational plan is required outlining the public health measures in place.  If there will be multiple cohorts at an organized gathering, the operational plan must be pre-approved by the Chief Public Health Office (envhealth@ihis.org).
  • Non-medical mask requirements must continue to be followed.
  • For contact-tracing purposes, records including the names and phone numbers of staff and volunteers and at least one attendee per party must be kept:
    • Records must include full names (first and last) and phone numbers, must be printed clearly and legibly, must include contextual information such as the name of the activity and the time of the activity, and must indicate whether an individual is a participant or attendee, volunteer, or staff.
    • Operators must have a process in place to quickly retrieve and transmit records, should they be needed, including on weekends.
    • Records should be stored in a safe, secure location for one month after the creation of the records, and then disposed of using a secure destruction method to maintain confidentiality.

Additional Organized Gathering Guidance and Recommendations

The following guidance applies to those organized gatherings that are not easily addressed by the above Organized Gatherings Guidance information.

Unstructured Organized Gatherings including Fireworks, Parades, Tree-Lightings, etc.

Fireworks, parades, tree-lightings, and similar events that draw large crowds of people together without any defined entry/exit points, capacity limits, and/or pre-registration are not permitted except in the following circumstances:

  • Smaller-scale neighbourhood-style events (i.e. neighbourhood holiday parades) where attendees are able to view from their residence or nearby their residence.
  • Events that can be organized within the PEI Vax Pass requirements. For example: a tree-lighting ceremony that includes entry/exit points, capacity limits as per the gatherings guidance, and verification of attendees’ vaccination status.

Large-Scale Organized Gatherings for Children

Large-scale organized gatherings for families with young children, including annual events like the Jack Frost Festival and municipal winter carnivals, are currently higher risk since children under 12 are not yet eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The Chief Public Health Office recommends that such events be modified to keep overall gathering numbers within the single cohort range (i.e. 200 indoors or 400 outdoors). Such modifications might include:

  • Smaller events spread over a longer period of time (i.e. multiple events over several weekends).
  • Smaller events spread over a larger geographic area (i.e. multiple events in several municipalities).

To the extent possible, organized gatherings for families with young children should be held outdoors.

Any large-scale organized gatherings for families with children should be discussed with the Chief Public Health Office (envhealth@ihis.org) to assess and discuss options.

Published date: 
December 3, 2021
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