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PEI Province Outlines Plans to“Renew PEI, Together”
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    On April 29, Prince Edward Island Premier Dennis King and Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison outlined the province’s safe, measured plan to ease public health restrictions related to COVID-19 for Islanders. Renew PEI, Together outlines the guiding principles and phased approach to the reopening of businesses, services and public spaces. The first phase will begin Friday, May 1. 
     “Over the past several weeks, Prince Edward Islanders have experienced the most challenging health, social and economic circumstances in recent memory, but Islanders have met the challenges posed by the global pandemic head on with determination and resolve. We have all rapidly changed the way we live, learn, work and play to protect ourselves, our neighbours and our communities. It is because of this concerted effort that the province is in the position it is to ease public health measures carefully.”- Premier Dennis King
    The plan will be implemented in four distinct phases with a progressive lifting of public health measures on individuals, communities and organizations over three-week periods. Progression will be gradual and constantly evaluated based on the latest public health information from PEI’s Chief Public Health Office. Decisions during each phase will be based on public health evidence and continuous monitoring. If there are concerns about progressing into a next phase, progress will be slowed, halted or even reversed to continue to protect the health and safety of Islanders. 
    “As we move cautiously, but optimistically, forward it is important to understand that this phased approach does not mean business as usual. All services, businesses, and organizations are going to need to modify their operations in light of COVID-19,” said Dr. Heather Morrison. 
    Also beginning May 1, outdoor gatherings and non-contact outdoor recreational activities of no more than five individuals from different households, while maintaining physical distancing, will be permitted.
    This includes recreational fishing, golf courses and current PEI residents going to their own seasonal properties. In addition, select outdoor and construction services – landscaping, road construction,indoor construction projects, watershed clean-up and outdoor photography– will be allowed with proper physical distancing practices in place. 
    For the foreseeable future, border screening will continue at points of entry and all persons entering the province will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. 
    Visitor restrictions in long-term care facilities will be maintained as well as priority public services, child care for essential service workers and home-based learning options. 
    Further information about the plans for the education system and student learning will be provided later this week. Renew PEI, Together is a general plan for Prince Edward Island.
    However, organizations and businesses are not required to re-open at the initiation of the relevant phase and may choose to continue operations in a manner and timeline they are comfortable with. Any organization or business that is unsure may seek direction from the Chief Public Health Office.  
    For the most up-to-date information, please visit www.princeedwardisland.ca/renewPEI. 
    For more information on the provincial government’s response to COVID-19, including resources, program applications and important public health information, visit: www.princeedwardisland.ca/COVID19. 

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