Transporting Travellers to Self-Isolation Location Guidance
To help break the chain of COVID-19 transmission in PEI, Updated COVID-19 Post Circuit Breaker Holiday Measures are in effect from January 6 to January 25th, 2021.
These CIRCUIT BREAKER measures impact businesses and gatherings and are different from the restrictions PEI residents were asked to observe during the New Normal phase.
The circuit breaker phase restrictions override all other existing sector specific public health guidance. Government of Prince Edward Island COVID-19 recommendations and guidances may be impacted by the CIRCUIT BREAKER measures.
Travellers arriving in PEI that are required to self-isolate for 14 days are to go directly to their self-isolation location. There are some circumstances where a PEI resident must provide transportation for someone meeting self-isolation requirements from the point of entry to the isolation location. Travellers that meet self-isolation requirements are considered high-risk for the importation of COVID-19 to PEI and, as such, special precautions must be taken.
In general, the following Public Health Measures are to be observed by all Islanders and visitors:
- Stay informed, be prepared and follow public health advice.
- Observe physical distancing at all times, with a minimum of two metres between individuals.
- Adhere to gathering limits.
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; if not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains 60% - 80% alcohol.
- Practice enhanced cleaning and sanitizing of frequently touched surfaces.
- Encourage vulnerable individuals to exercise caution and minimize high-risk exposures.
If it is necessary to provide transportation for someone who must self-isolate, the following precautions are required:
- Driver and passengers must wear non-medical masks or face coverings.
- Passengers must sit in the back seats only. If transporting one passenger, have them sit in the back, passenger side of the vehicle. The front passenger seat should be vacant at all times. This may mean limiting the number of passengers you transport at one time, and may require additional trips. Passengers with special needs who require a companion may sit next to their companion (treated as if they were from the same household).
- Clean your hands before you pick-up your passengers with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Encourage passengers to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer before entering the vehicle, and ask passengers to avoid touching the interior of the vehicle as much as possible. Passengers must load and unload their personal belongings (e.g., suitcases, briefcases) by themselves. Direct passengers to place all of their personal belongings in the trunk rather than in the back seat if possible.
- Open the vehicle windows (weather permitting) and use the vents of the vehicle to bring in fresh air from outside. Avoid using the recirculated air option of the vehicle.
- Clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer again when the passenger is delivered to the isolation destination and wash hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as soon as possible.
- Clean and disinfect hard surfaces in your vehicle with disinfecting wipes, paying close attention to surfaces that are touched frequently (eg., door handles, seat belt buckles, buttons for windows and locks, arm rests, cup holders, etc.