Holidays and Celebrations Guidance

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The holiday season typically includes many gatherings of friends, families and colleagues, crowded indoor parties, and both domestic and international travel.  This holiday season will be different.  While it is important to stay socially connected to family and friends, PEI residents should keep holiday gatherings within their household or close circle of contacts, and avoid non-essential travel.

Holiday Travel

  • Avoid non-essential travel to and from PEI this holiday season.
  • If you must travel within the Atlantic Provinces, take extra precautions, such as:
    • Avoid crowds, shopping malls and retail outlets, and parties and gatherings with people outside of your household or close circle of contacts
    • Wear a non-medical mask anytime you are out in public or with people outside of your household or close circle of contacts
    • Maintain physical distance from people outside of your household or close circle of contacts
  • If you travel outside of PEI, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days when you return to PEI.  There may be additional provincial, territorial, and local public health measures at your destination. More information is available at Residents Travelling to and From PEI.

Hosting Visitors from Outside of PEI

  • If you have visitors from outside of PEI, they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days or for the duration of their time in PEI, whichever is shorter.  Others in the household will not have to self-isolate for 14 days provided that your visitors can remain isolated from everyone else in the household for the duration.  If this is not possible, everyone in the household will have to self-isolate.

Personal and Family Holiday Gatherings

  • Keep holiday gatherings and celebrations within your household or close circle of contacts to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • Plan lower-risk activities, such as:
    • Virtual holiday and religious celebrations
    • Drop-off or physically distanced doorstep gift exchanges
    • Indoor celebrations with members of your household and small social circle
    • Outdoor celebrations in open spaces where people can maintain at least 2m/6ft physical distance.
  • Know that it is okay to skip family gatherings to protect yourself, your family, and your community.
  • If you must host or attend gatherings, the following guidelines apply:
    • Personal gatherings of up to 20 people are permitted following the Gatherings Guidance, without an operational plan required.
    • Personal holiday gatherings of more than 20 people are not recommended.
  • Physical distancing of 2m/6ft between individuals from different households should be maintained.
  • Non-medical masks must be worn in any indoor public place. 
  • Food can be prepared and served at gatherings, provided serving utensils are not shared.
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection is required in high-traffic areas and for frequently-touched surfaces.
  • Hand-wash and/or hand sanitizer must be readily available.
  • Individuals who are sick should not attend.

Workplace Holiday Gatherings

  • Workplace holiday gatherings are strongly discouraged.
  • Plan other ways to celebrate the holidays with coworkers, such as:
    • Donating to a charity
    • Virtual parties
    • Participating in a volunteer-based gift-giving campaign.
  • If you must host or attend workplace holiday gatherings:
  • Physical distancing of 2m/6ft between employees and guests at workplace holiday gatherings should be maintained. It is not appropriate for organizers to seat attendees together without physical distancing.
  • Know that it is okay to skip workplace gatherings to protect yourself, your family, and your community.
  • Non-medical masks must be worn in any indoor public place.
  • Food can be prepared and served at gatherings, provided serving utensils are not shared.
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection is required in high-traffic areas and for frequently-touched surfaces.
  • Hand-wash and/or hand sanitizer must be readily available.
  • Individuals who are sick should not attend.

New Year’s Day Levees

  • New Year’s Day levees are a long-standing tradition in PEI.  However, the highly social nature of levees makes them inappropriate to hold during a pandemic.
  • Traditional, in-person levees may not be held.  Organizations may explore other options, such as virtual levees.

Mental Health

  • Take care of your mental health. Feelings of stress are common during the holiday season and may be amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • If you live alone, consider spending the holidays with another household, if possible.
  • The outdoors has been a refuge for many during the pandemic. Getting outside for exercise and lower-risk socializing can have positive effects on mental health and wellbeing.

Mental Health and Addictions Supports

  • If you are in crisis, or need urgent medical support, call 911 or the Mental Health and Addictions information line at 1-833-533-9333 (Mon-Fri, 8am – 4pm).  
  • The Island Helpline « 1-800-218-2885 » provides free, bilingual, confidential emotional support and crisis intervention to PEI residents of all ages.  Trained and caring staff at the Island Helpline will answer your call any time of the day or night – 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
  • Mental health walk-in clinics offer immediate support to help with anxiety, depression, and other complex and high-risk issues.
  • More information on mental health and addictions support is available at Mental Health Services.
Date de publication : 
le 2 Décembre 2020
Santé et Mieux‑être

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Ministère de la Santé et du Mieux-être
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Charlottetown (Î.-P.-É.) C1A 7N8

Téléphone : 902-368-6414
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