Renew PEI Together FAQs

Renew PEI, Together outlines the guiding principles and phased approach to reopening businesses, services and public spaces.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the provincial plan work?

The Renew PEI, Together plan will be implemented in four distinct phases with a progressive lifting of public health measures on individuals, communities and organizations over three-week periods. Progression will be gradual and constantly evaluated based on the latest public health information from PEI's Chief Public Health Office. Decisions during each phase will be based on public health evidence and continuous monitoring. If there are concerns about moving into a next phase, progress will be slowed, halted or even reversed to continue to protect the health and safety of Islanders.

What is the difference in the services offered that appear in all phases of Renew PEI Together?

The difference between services is based on the level of risk associated with each public health measure identified in that phase. Phases build on one another and are a gradual expansion of activities and services, while still following public health guidance within all phases.

Is there a reference document available that outlines protocols and guidelines for the relaxation of health measures?

Visit Public Health Measures Guidance

How will Renew PEI, Together be enforced?

Enforcement activity will continue through all of the stages. Details of activities that will be monitored are outlined in a revised public health order. Government officials will also be enforcing the implementation of operational plans required by businesses and organizations providing public activities and services.

Personal Gatherings

When can we start seeing people from other households?

Beginning May 8th, as part of phase 1, members of the same household may gather outdoors with up to 10 other individuals from different households, and members of the same household may gather indoors with up to 5 other individuals from different households. It is very important to continue respecting public health measures such as physical distancing.

The gatherings guidelines apply to personal gatherings among individuals, not businesses.

Can I now hug, shake hands and increase physical contact?

Human connection plays an important role in everyone’s wellbeing. For these reasons, as of May 8, 2020, households may add one or two individuals as extended members. It is important to consider the risks of extending your household to individuals who may feel or need closer contact and support to your household.

Can children have sleepovers now that measures are being relaxed?

Sleepovers are currently not recommended. During this phase, outdoor and indoor play dates may now be planned with physical distancing and following the gathering limits. It is also important to remember that no toys and equipment may be shared at this time.

For outdoor photo shoots, does the photographer count in the ten (10) people permitted in addition to the members of a household? Can  people from two families be included?

Yes, the photographer counts as one of the ten (10) people for an outdoor photo shoot permitted in addition to members of a household. Individuals from different households must practice physical distancing; only individuals from the same household can stand together.

When will funerals and burials be permitted?

Find updated information at Funeral Homes Guidance. Maximum group sizes will apply during all phases of Renew PEI, Together.

Will PEI schools reopen?

Schools will not reopen as usual for the remainder of the school year, but some services will be offered to support students in need. For details, visit Students and Parents FAQ

Child care

To learn more about child care services, visit Child Care Frequently Asked Questions.


How will personal services such as hair salons and spas operate and maintain public health measures?

The various professional associations and organizations, as well as business owners, are required to create operational plans prior to opening.

All businesses that are now open, and those looking to open during any of the Renew PEI Together phases must have an operational plan in place. The plan must outline how the business will meet public health measures to ensure the health and safety of staff and clients. If you have questions regarding your operational plans, contact Environmental Health by email

You do not need to submit the operational plan to the Chief Public Health Office before reopening. However, the plan will need to be made available during inspections by a government official.

When will dental services be available?

Emergency dental services are currently being provided by the Emergency Dental Clinic.

Dental offices can resume operations for emergency dental services as early as May 22; urgent dental services could potentially begin June 12. The PEI Dental Association and Dental Council of PEI will determine when and what services will be available to clients.

What public health measures will dental services undertake to assure the health and safety of their clients?

The PEI Dental Association and Dental Council of PEI will assess the level of risk involved in opening offices. Their operational plans will detail the measures they will take to ensure the health and safety of clients.


Published date: 
May 28, 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