COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Thursday, Oct. 1

P.E.I. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison outlines what the "new normal" will look like for P.E.I., and a fiscal update shows the cost of the pandemic for the province is growing.

The 'new normal' began today for P.E.I. — find out what that will mean

With Christmas craft fairs cancelled, a new shop has opened to fill the void. (Diana Tutty)

P.E.I. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison gave CBC News: Compass an update on changes that came into effect Thursday under the province's "new normal" that will be in effect until the spread of COVID-19 is broadly contained and a vaccine or effective treatment is available. 

One of the big changes under the new normal will be larger gatherings are permitted with an operational plan — that means hockey fans will be allowed in the stands at Charlottetown Islanders games, although tickets will be very limited to allow for physical distancing.

A Charlottetown man who is awaiting sentencing for failure to self-isolate due to COVID-19 has had other criminal charges related to a domestic disturbance the day of his arrest sent to an alternative measures program.

Organizers of the annual Coats for Kids campaign seeking donations of gently-used coats for babies, children and youth on P.E.I. hope Islanders recognize their neighbours will be even more in need of a hand this year due to COVID-19. 

Some Islanders living in Montreal say there's uncertainty and lowered morale as the city has been forced into lockdown again with COVID-19 case numbers climbing.

The giant pumpkin weigh-off will go ahead, but with participants only in the audience. (Gordon Aten)

A P.E.I. couple is hoping the U.S. border will reopen in time for them to spend time in their Arizona home this winter.

A fiscal update shows the provincial government has added another $5.4 million to this year's deficit since the presentation of the spring budget.

Coach Atlantic says it lost a $1 million contract after one of its top tour operators from the United States cancelled all visits to Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick for 2021.

Following the announcement that all P.E.I. school Christmas craft fairs would be prohibited this year due to COVID-19, a new weekend craft shop for local artisans is opening on the Island leading up to the holidays.

The P.E.I. giant pumpkin weigh-off is closed to the public this year but the scales will still be ready for growers on Thanksgiving weekend.

There have been 59 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Island, with 57 considered recovered. There have been no hospitalizations or deaths, and there is no evidence of community spread.

Also in the news

  • The Island has adopted a new alert system to help Islanders navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Since the start of the pandemic, P.E.I. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison says her office has received negative comments, in some cases threats, from Islanders in relation to the COVID-19 rules in the province. 
  • Visitors to P.E.I.'s COVID-19 clinics are receiving their test results "almost always" within 24 hours, says medical microbiologist Dr. Greg German.
  • P.E.I. government officials say the Access PEI site in Montague will reopen to the public sometime in October, but the date has not yet been set.

Further resources

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