New PEI travel measures
Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, has announced new measures for those travelling to or from Prince Edward Island.
"Given changes in epidemiology and increased infectious pressure in Atlantic Canada in the past few days, it is necessary to increase restrictions and enhance testing for people travelling to PEI from Atlantic Canada, similar to the recent changes for people travelling to PEI from outside Atlantic Canada," said Dr. Morrison. “This is a critical time and we need to take steps to further tighten our borders and restrict travel to the province"
Effective April 24, 2021 at 8:00 am and in place until at least May 17, 2021:
- Anyone who has been in Nova Scotia since April 16, 2021, with a same day travel self-isolation exemption, regardless of symptoms, should be tested on day 4 and day 8, following their return to PEI (if not already on a routine PEI testing schedule).
- Same day travel exemptions will be limited to necessary travel for medical care, work where not entering workplaces and/or interacting with others, and passport renewal and consular visits, following the same day travel exemption requirements and testing schedule.
- Individuals dropping off and picking up students or individuals at airports and train stations is an eligible same day self-isolation exemption, based on certain guidelines and testing regimen.
- For inter-provincial co-parenting arrangements, children must continue to have a first negative test result prior to entering any child care or educational institution and undergo testing
- Travel for seasonal residents coming to PEI from within the Atlantic Provinces is paused until at least May 17, 2021.
- Travel to PEI from within the Atlantic Bubble through Family Connections will be reviewed to determine if the travel is to provide necessary support to Island resident or compassionate situations.
Those permanently relocating will continue to be permitted for work or study or exceptional circumstances. Already approved individuals may continue to enter. For people looking to come after May 17, applications can be accepted and processed but approvals will not be granted until at least May 17.
Effective Monday, April 26, all PEI resident registered truck drivers, rotational workers, transport crews, military and coast guard (regardless of where they travel) must isolate until first negative test, unless eligible for same day travel self-isolation exemption.
Effective April 26, for people work isolating in PEI following arrival from within the Atlantic Provinces, a negative test result is required before entering all workplaces
Reminders for Island residents or anyone planning travel to or from Prince Edward Island:
- Avoid unnecessary travel to PEI;
- Do not travel off Island unless it is absolutely necessary;
- Everyone entering or returning to PEI is required to self-isolate for 14 days;
- Do not socialize or mix with any individuals who have recently returned from out of province and are self-isolating;
- People who are self-isolating should respect the self-isolation requirements and follow the rules;
- Everyone in PEI, residents or visitors, should be tested if they develop any symptoms of COVID-19;
- Islanders are also encouraged to download the free national COVID Alert app, which will let them know if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Prince Edward Island currently has 12 active cases of COVID-19 and has had 175 positive cases since the onset of the pandemic. Information about the province’s COVID-19 cases is available online.
The Chief Public Health Office continues to work closely with the federal government, provincial and territorial counterparts, government departments and Health PEI to monitor the pandemic situation and prepare for all COVID-19 related impacts to the province, including health, social and economic. The public health risk of COVID-19 is continually reassessed and Islanders will be updated as new information becomes available.
Everyone is encouraged to follow routine prevention measures:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue
- Stay home if you are not feeling well
- Limit touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Keep your circle of contacts small
- Wear a mask in closed, indoor public spaces
- Physical distance - stay two meters (6 feet) apart
- Don’t share items like drinking glasses and water bottles
- Frequently clean surfaces like taps, doorknobs and countertops
- Visit a drop-in-clinic to be tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms
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