Temporary COVID-19 measures

The following public health measures are in effect until at least January 31, 2022. These are in addition to existing measures. This guidance will continue to be updated.

Workplaces

  • Employers should support and encourage staff to work from home when operationally possible

Personal gatherings

  • Personal gatherings are limited to a single household, plus up to two consistent other people where needed.

    • This means not visiting others in their homes and not having visitors in your home

    • People who live on their own can join another household

    • People can participate in outdoor activities with an additional designated individual outside of their household and usual consistent two people. Households are encouraged to participate in outdoor recreation like skiing, snowshoeing, and skating. 

Businesses and organizations

  • Gyms, group fitness classes and indoor recreational facilities, bingo halls, museums, casinos, theatres, and cinemas are closed to the public

    • Single households may participate in outdoor recreation such as skiing, snowshoeing and skating

    • One-on-one lessons or training such as personal training or music lessons may take place.

  • In-room dining or services at eating establishments or licensed premises is not permitted; take-out, drive-thru and delivery is permitted
  • Organized gatherings, including worship services, are not permitted
    • Funeral ceremonies and wedding ceremonies are permitted up to 10 people plus officiants
    • Wedding receptions, funeral receptions, and wakes/visitations are not permitted
    • Individual households can have private visitations with the deceased (with only staff present in addition to household members)  
    • For worship services, staff and officiants may meet to deliver services virtually
    • Drive-in worship services can occur with no limit on the number of vehicles, provided individuals aren’t exiting the vehicle other than for purposes such as to use the washroom while maintaining physical distancing and wearing masks
    • Legislatively-required meetings (for example, municipal council meetings) can proceed in-person.  Virtual options are recommended where possible.
  • Day programs for populations such as for people with disabilities may continue under previous public health measures.

  • Day camps limited to participant groups of 15 over the span of one day with physical distancing and masks (this does not include licensed early learning and child-care centres, or licensed school-aged centres, which are already operating with elevated precautions in place)
  • Retail, libraries and businesses and organizations are permitted to serve the public up to a maximum of 50% capacity: physical distancing is required between customers/households
  • Dance floors and karaoke are not permitted
  • It is strongly recommended that providers avoid offering personal services which require removal of a client’s mask. If proceeding with these services, refer to the guidance available here.

Masks

  • Masks should be worn as much as possible to reduce risk to yourself and others.
  • Wearing a mask is a simple and an effective means of protecting yourself and others.
  • Masks are required in indoor public places.
  • Wear a medical grade or three-layer mask and make sure it fits well, covering both nose and mouth.
  • Wear a mask outdoors if you are within 6 ft of people you don’t know.
  • Masks are required in areas of workplaces where physical distance cannot be achieved (unless there are occupational health and safety concerns).

Recreational Travel

Until further notice, travel to and from PEI is not permitted for participation in organized recreational activities, such as sports, arts and culture.

Vaccination

  • Adults 18+ are eligible for a booster 6 months after completing a full series of vaccine. Find out more here.
  • Everyone who is eligible for a booster dose is strongly encouraged to get it, especially those 50 and over, health care workers and anyone who is moderately to severely immunocompromised.
  • Children aged 5-11 are also eligible for COIVD-19 vaccines. Find out more here.

Schools

  • Public and private schools are closed to in class learning until January 31; remote learning will continue and respite programming can continue at schools;

Long term care and community care

The current COVID-19 situation is evolving, and visitor restrictions/guidance may be revised with little notice. Visitors to long term care/nursing homes and community care facilities should call in advance regarding visitation.

  • In facilities where there is no outbreak, three partners-in-care can visit their loved ones; in facilities where there is an outbreak, one partner in care can visit.

  • Residents are not permitted to go on community visit, unless it is for essential purposes, including medical or dental services.

  • Visitors must continue to wear medical masks in long term care and community care facilities and should not visit residents in these facilities if experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Visitors who have travelled within Canada are not permitted to visit in long-term care or community care until they have had at least two negative tests, including a test on day four.
  • Long term care staff and volunteers who travelled within Canada must receive at least one negative test before returning to work, must wear a medical grade mask, and follow enhanced testing schedule. Wherever possible, they should not return to work until a second negative test on day four.
  • Long term care and community care homes will be equipped with additional rapid antigen tests as required
  • Existing measures for staff, volunteers and visitors who travelled internationally continue to apply.

Acute care (such as hospitals for example)

  • Acute care staff and volunteers who travelled within Canada must receive at least one negative test before returning to work, must wear a medical grade mask, and follow enhanced testing schedule. Wherever possible, they should not return to work until they have two negative rapid antigen tests completed 48 hours apart on day 2 and day 4.
  • Visitor restrictions/guidance may be revised with little notice. It is advised that visitors to acute care facilities call in advance regarding visitation. Visitors who have travelled within Canada are not permitted to visit in acute care until they have had two negative antigen tests, completed 48 hours apart on day 2 and day 4.
  • International travellers, including staff, visitors and volunteers, are unable to enter an acute care facility in PEI until they have had three negative COVID-19 tests on arrival and on days 4 and 8. Individuals required by the federal government to quarantine on arrival in Canada must complete all quarantine requirements before entering the facility.

Travel

Until further notice, fully vaccinated travelers + 14 days (e.g. with a PEI Pass) are required to self-isolate until they have a negative test on day 4 after arrival in PEI. 

  • This also applies to children under 12 travelling with fully vaccinated adults. 
  • The test can be completed using a rapid antigen test kit provided at the point of entry (take tests on day 2 and day 4)
    • School age children under 12 are also asked to be tested again on day 8.
  • Travellers must also monitor closely for symptoms and if any develop, get tested immediately at a COVID-19 clinic (people with symptoms who have travelled should not rely on rapid tests) – they should not wait for their next scheduled test.
  • Fully vaccinated travellers must continue to show proof of being fully vaccinated at the point of entry:
    • PEI Pass with a B; or
    • If Canadian, government issued immunization record with a QR code at the point of entry (find out more about using your QR code here)
    • If you are now fully vaccinated (+ 14 days) but your PEI Pass was issued when you were partially vaccinated (e.g. your PEI Pass code ends with the letter A), you must bring your record of vaccination with you to the point of entry. 
  • People who are required to work in PEI during their first 4 days in the province (PEI residents and non PEI residents)
    • Fully vaccinated people who are scheduled to work should work from home if possible or postpone going to the worksite until after day 4 negative test

    • If you have to go to work, you are required to wear a mask and physically distance from other staff and patrons (wherever possible) and you must isolate when not at work (can only leave isolation to go to work)

    • You must notify your employer that you have travelled

    • You must be tested on entry to the workplace and take two rapid antigen tests 48 hours apart on day 2 and day 4.

    • You are permitted to do curbside pick-up and drive-thru food purchases on your way to or from work or during the workday  

    • Entering retail stores is not permitted

  • Workers in long term care/community care and acute care, must refer to and follow current public health guidance
  • The above noted measures do not apply to the following groups:
    • PEI residents travelling off-Island for eligible same day travel activities following the same-day travel guidance 
      • Strongly recommended to minimize contacts during the first 4 days after arrival in PEI where possible and follow testing schedule of entry and have two rapid antigen tests 48 hours apart on day 2 and day 4.
    • Truck drivers following the guidance for truck drivers
      • Continue to be exempt from isolation for work-related travel
      • Must follow testing schedule
      • Recommended to minimize contacts during the first 4 days where possible
    • Fully vaccinated registered PEI resident rotational workers
      • Continue to be exempt from isolation for work-related travel
      • Recommended to minimize contacts during the first 4 days where possible
      • Must be tested on entry and day 4 
      • Where possible wait until first negative test result (i.e. if you do not receive phone call in the 2 hours after the point of entry test, or you have a negative rapid antigen test) before having close contact with coworkers, friends and family. 
    • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated rotational workers following the guidance for rotational workers
    • Children and parents travelling for the purposes of parenting time, following the guidance for out of province parenting time
  • Fully vaccinated people visiting individuals who are at end of life, before their day 4 test
    • Must be tested on entry and have two rapid antigen tests 48 hours apart on day 2 and day 4.
    • Must check with the facility and follow facility procedures if entering health care settings such as acute care and long-term care during isolation period to visit individuals who are at end of life
    • No prior approval from the CPHO is required.
  • Fully vaccinated people who are travelling to attend funerals, burials in PEI:

    • If attending funerals, or burials, during the first 4 days in PEI, you will be tested upon entry to PEI and must receive negative results on two rapid tests, one on day 2 and one on day 4. You must maintain physical distance and wear a well fitting three layer mask.

    • If the activity is before the day 4 test, you must also be tested in the 24 hours prior to the activity with a rapid antigen test  (if the test on entry is in the 24 hours before the event, that meets the requirement of a test in the previous 24 hours).

    • You may also have a scheduled private visitation with the deceased without others present.

    • You should advise the funeral director that you have travelled.

    • No prior approval from the CPHO is required.

  • As per existing measures, anyone arriving in PEI from an international destination (including the United States):
    • Can not enter a long term care or community care facility in PEI until three negative COVID-19 tests: one on arrival and again on days 4 and 8. This applies to all staff, volunteers and visitors. Individuals required by the federal government to quarantine upon arrival in Canada must complete all quarantine requirements before entering the facility.
    • International travelers must also follow applicable federal measures.

Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travellers must register their self-isolation plans. Find out more information about applicable measures here.

General travel recommendations for PEI residents:

  • There is significant risk of COVID-19 transmission with travel within the Atlantic provinces, within Canada and internationally currently.
  • Now is not the time to travel if you don’t need to.
  • Be aware this is an evolving situation and public health measures can change quickly with limited notice, particularly for international travel.
  • If possible, don’t travel if you, or your children, are not vaccinated
    Published date: 
    January 20, 2022