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November 18, 2020 | by: jolene

Masks – Where to wear them and who’s exempt

From the Provincial Government Website.

Masks will be mandatory in locations, including but not limited to:

  • Stores and retail businesses;
  • Personal services and salons;
  • Restaurants (except when eating or drinking);
  • Arts, sports and recreation facilities (except during exercise or when masks cannot be worn);
  • Places of worship;
  • Government buildings where public services are provided;
  • Taxis and public transit; and
  • Workplaces that are open to the public.

Exemptions to mandatory masks include, but not limited to:

  • Children under the age of 2;
  • Children under 5 who will not wear a mask;
  • Anyone who cannot remove a mask without assistance; and
  • Valid medical reasons, such as active breathing problems (most people with underlying medical conditions can wear a mask safely).

Dr. Morrison noted that for those who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons, sometimes these reasons are not visible to others. Islanders and businesses are encouraged to be trusting and kind, and show compassion and understanding in these cases.

Dr. Morrison does not recommend that individuals and families travel to or from PEI over the holidays. Family members who decide to travel to PEI over the holidays from outside the Atlantic Bubble, must apply for pre-travel approval through the Family Connections Stream and be prepared to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. Pre-travel approval applications should be submitted by December 1 to allow adequate time to process applications and to facilitate staffing throughout the holiday season.

Holiday gatherings should be kept small to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. While the personal gathering limit is 20 people, this number is only permitted if at least six feet of physical distancing can be maintained.

At this point, there is no evidence of community spread of COVID-19 in Prince Edward Island and the risk of transmission in the province remains low. Prince Edward Island has had a total of 68 positive cases of COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic. All cases to date have been travel-related. Information about the province’s COVID-19 cases is available online.