COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Tuesday, June 29

Non-Atlantic Canadians who are vaccinated and have a PEI Pass will be able to travel to the Island 10 days earlier than planned, on July 18, a provincial briefing confirmed on Tuesday.

Island has its first COVID-19 case since June 3, but the borders are opening up sooner

Dr. Heather Morrison says weddings on the Island can once again include dancing, as COVID-19 public health measures are relaxed. (CBC)

Prince Edward Island has its first new case of COVID-19 since June 3, Dr. Heather Morrison announced Tuesday. The person had recently travelled outside Atlantic Canada, is asymptomatic and had been isolating as directed. 

Vaccinated visitors from outside Atlantic Canada who have a PEI Pass will be able to travel to the province 10 days earlier than planned, starting on July 18, without needing to isolate. Premier Dennis King announced the new date at the biweekly COVID-19 briefing also attended by Morrison. 

At the same briefing, Morrison smiled as she announced Islanders can now dance at weddings again, because of progress in vaccinating the eligible population. Islanders also no longer need to wear masks when sitting at indoor events like concerts and church services, though they must keep masks on when moving around an indoor venue.

Members of P.E.I.'s tourism industry are excited about the province's borders opening to travellers across Canada earlier than expected.

An Islander who heads the Canadian arm of Bono's non-governmental organization ONE says Canada has to pick up the pace when it comes to sharing its surplus vaccine doses with less-fortunate nations. 

Early signs are for a better season for P.E.I. golf. (Sheehan Desjardins/CBC)

Golf courses are reporting an increase in bookings as P.E.I. opens up to Atlantic Canada.

Heart and stroke patients have seen the benefits of virtual appointments introduced during the pandemic, and would like to see them continue.

Five visitors to the Island tested positive after rapid tests at the Borden-Carleton Confederation Bridge entry point, but PCR tests later came back negative.

Travellers from all of the Atlantic provinces can now enter P.E.I. without having to self-isolate, as long as they have at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and receive a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival. 

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These Islanders are currently eligible for a vaccine

  • People over 12.
  • Islanders over 18 can book an appointment for Moderna vaccine at a pharmacy.

You can find more information about how to get a vaccine here.

Further resources

Reminder about symptoms

The symptoms of COVID-19 can include:

  • Fever.
  • Cough or worsening of a previous cough.
  • Possible loss of taste and/or smell.
  • Sore throat.
  • New or worsening fatigue.
  • Headache.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Runny nose.

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