Social Distancing

Physical and social distancing is how we can all help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, and within the Province. The recommendations for social and physical distancing is that people stay at least two (2) meters, or six (6) feet apart and to avoid unnecessary close personal contact.

Stay home as much as possible.

Although restrictions on staying home and gathering with others are being progressively relaxed, staying home is still your best chance of avoiding COVID-19. In any case, everyone should continue to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. If symptoms develop, call 811 for directions.

Work from home

Individuals should work from home where possible and with employer support.  Many workers are adapting to working from home, joining meetings through teleconference or video conference, and collaborating with colleagues online.  Continuing to limit face-to-face contact with others remains our best protection against COVID-19.

Use online, home delivery, and curbside pick-up shopping options

As businesses, services, and organizations are permitted to open over the coming weeks, Islanders are strongly recommended to continue using online, home delivery, and curbside pick-up options where possible.  Likewise, businesses, services, and organizations are encouraged to provide those options for clients and customers.

    Limit interaction with vulnerable populations

    For the foreseeable future, limit non-essential interaction with persons who are at increased risk for severe outcomes as a result of COVID-19.  This includes persons:

    • aged 65 and over;
    • with compromised immune systems; and
    • with underlying medical conditions.

    When you do go out, keep 2 metres or 6 feet apart from others.

    Ways to practice social and physical distancing include:

    • Avoid shaking hands, and ensure you wash your hands thoroughly, and if you are ill or feeling unwell, stay home;
    • When having conversations with others, observe a two (2) metre, or six (6) foot distance to avoid any transmission;
    • Use instant messaging, or video applications in place of face-to-face conversations;
    • Avoid large gatherings;
    • Sit at least two (2) metres apart in workspaces, where possible;
    • Wipe down shared surfaces, and practice higher frequency cleaning;
    • When working with clients, where possible keep the two-metre distance; and
    • Do not share food, plates or cutlery.


    Published date: 
    May 5, 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