COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Friday, June 26

Phase 4 of P.E.I.'s ease-back plan began Friday, even as some Islanders are left wondering why the Atlantic bubble is taking place before loosening restrictions in long-term care facilities.

Phase 4 begins, some Islanders concerned over continued long-term care restrictions, CERB clawbacks

Sarah Burton of Summerside and her nephew Matthias enjoy the splash pad at a local city park Friday. (Brian McInnis/CBC)

Phase 4 of P.E.I.'s ease-back plan began Friday, which includes larger public gatherings.

Mothers and infants enjoyed the water at local splash pads in Summerside. Parishioners attended Friday morning mass at St. Dunstan's Basilica in Charlottetown, and some marked Phase 4's opening day by preparing for the opening of the racing season at the Red Shores track.

Some P.E.I. residents are questioning why the Atlantic bubble is taking place before loosening restrictions for those living in long-term care facilities on the Island.

A federal clawback of Canada emergency response benefit payments could leave some Islanders without income for the last half of June, says the P.E.I. Green Party.

Elda Campbell says she speaks to her mother in a long-term care facility as often as she can to keep connected, but would love to be able to take her out for a visit. (Jessica Doria-Brown/CBC)

Twenty WestJet employees at Charlottetown airport are included in the permanent layoffs related to COVID-19 announced Wednesday, a company spokesperson said. 

The P.E.I. government is postponing plans for a free, half-day pre-kindergarten program for four year olds, and is now aiming for next September instead. 

Owners at some of P.E.I.'s larger restaurants say the current COVID-19 restrictions limiting them to 50 patrons at a time could have a negative impact on their businesses once the Atlantic bubble comes into effect on July 3.

P.E.I. has had 27 confirmed cases, the most recent on April 28. All have recovered. More than 10,000 COVID-19 tests from P.E.I. have been done.

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