Prince Edward Island extends closures for schools, daycares, non-essential services

Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, has announced extensions to closures for Island schools, daycares, non-essential government services and non-essential businesses due to COVID-19.

All schools across Prince Edward Island will remain closed for in-person classes and daycares will remain closed until, at minimum, May 11. This will be re-evaluated closer to the date.

Non-essential government services and non-essential businesses will remain closed indefinitely as the situation continues to be re-evaluated on a regular basis. Staff should continue working from home wherever possible, and only essential workers should be on site.

Dr. Morrison reminded Islanders that anyone travelling across the Confederation Bridge should be doing so only out of necessity.

Islanders experiencing symptoms (cough, fever, or shortness of breath) within 14 days after travelling outside the province should call 8-1-1 to be screened and, if necessary, directed for testing. Those requiring immediate medical attention should call 9-1-1.

For answers to general questions about COVID-19 call 1-833-533-9333 or visit www.princeedwardisland.ca/covid19.

 

 

Backgrounder

The Chief Public Health Office continues to work closely with the federal government, provincial and territorial counterparts, government departments and Health PEI to continue to monitor the situation globally, nationally and locally. The public health risk of COVID-19 is continually reassessed and Islanders will be updated as new information becomes available.

Government’s special situation response group also continues to work collaboratively with the Chief Public Health Office, stakeholders and community partners in preparing for all impacts related to COVID-19 to the province, including health, social and economic.

Everyone is encouraged to follow routine prevention measures:

  • Washing hands frequently with soap and water
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue
  • If ill with acute respiratory symptoms, stay home if possible
  • Limit touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Don’t share items like drinking glasses and water bottles
  • Frequently clean surfaces like taps, doorknobs and countertops

Media Contact:

Samantha Hughes
Health and Wellness
902-368-5610
shughes@gov.pe.ca

 


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Posted by Shirley Smedley-Jay on Friday, March 27, 2020.