What’s Happening Now in PEI - Phase #4
Residents and visitors can now enjoy more indoor and outdoor activities by responsibly following public health measures, including frequent hand washing, physical distancing, wearing a mask indoors when physical distancing is not possible, and respecting other public health guidance.
Phase #4 started June 26, 2020
Many businesses, workplaces and government services have reopened with extra safety precautions and physical distancing measures in place. All businesses and organizations are different and must have their own operational plans readily available and in place to keep people safe.
Larger organized gatherings limits
Larger organized gatherings such as sports and recreation, day camps, weddings, funerals, burials and worship services are allowed with no more than 50 people indoor or outdoor.
- An operational plan is required;
- Physical distancing must be maintained with individuals who are not part of one’s household;
- Wear a non-medical mask or face covering indoors when physical distance is not possible;
- Limited sharing of equipment among individuals from different households with precautions;
- For facilities (indoor or outdoor) with separate rooms or large spaces that can accommodate more than one gathering at a time, multiple gatherings up to a maximum of 100 people may be held, provided:
- groups are kept separate;
- multiple gatherings guidance is followed; and
- operational plans are completed and approved for multiple gatherings involving 50 or more people.
Personal gathering limits remain at 15 people indoors and 20 people outdoors.
During Phase #1, residents were allowed to extend their household unit by one or two members in order to provide closer contact and support to one another.
Organized recreational activities and facilities
Larger organized recreational gatherings (e.g. lessons, classes, sports) are taking place with physical distancing and other public health measures in place, including:
- swimming pools, hot tubs and outdoor spas
- arenas and recreational centres
- bowling alleys
- gyms and fitness facilities
- yoga and Pilates studios
- sport facilities
- recreation classes and lessons
Retail and personal services
The following are businesses and services that are permitted to reopen with the necessary public health measures in place.
- retail outlets
- greenhouses and nurseries
- construction, maintenance and repair services,
- cleaning and restoration services
- extermination and pest control
- car washes
- bottle depots
- hairdressers, barbers, and pet grooming
- salons and spas
- tattoo and piercing studios
- art galleries
- libraries – see Public Libraries - Locations and Hours
- youth centres and community centres
Health care services and providers
- dental practices may schedule elective treatment and procedures with priority on urgent and emergency care. Hygienists are returning to practice
- chiropractors, registered massage therapists, acupuncturists and acupressurists
- physiotherapy and occupational therapy;
- optometrists and opticians;
- foot care providers;
All non-urgent health care services permitted; continued transition to delivery of non-urgent healthcare services with COVID-19 surge capacity maintained and monitoring of PPE supplies and use.
With enhanced controls, scheduled indoor and outdoor visits are permitted at public long-term care facilities and most private homes.
Accommodations, Dining and Entertainment
- indoor dining and service at food premises, breweries, cideries and wineries permitted with a limit of 50 persons inside, and additional persons on patio; no buffet style
- golf courses
- hospitality homes
- bed and breakfasts
Unlicensed and licensed child care centres and day camps have reopened.
The majority of provincial government sites and services are now open during office hours with some restrictions and exceptions - see Re-Openings.
Planning for fall 2020 – see Welcome Back to School Plan
VLTs and casinos
Public Health Guidance
The following is public guidance for all phases of Renew PEI Together:
- Stay informed, be prepared and follow public health advice
- 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
- Stay home when ill and call 811 promptly if experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
- Maintain physical distancing of 2 m (6 ft.) with individuals who are not part of one’s household
- Wear a non-medical mask or face covering indoors when physical distance is not possible
- Don’t touch your face with unwashed hands
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve, and wash your hands directly after
- Adhere to personal and organized gathering limits
- 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
- People from different households can carpool or share drives if physical distancing is maintained, or if it cannot be maintained, a non-medical mask is recommended.
- Vulnerable individuals should exercise caution and minimize high-risk exposures situations
- Avoid interaction with immune-compromised and vulnerable populations
- Limit personal non-essential travel
- Keep a log of interactions to self-monitor and to facilitate contact tracing should a case be detected.