COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Wednesday, June 17

The province launches an ad campaign encouraging Islanders to travel within the province, and the pandemic hits finances at Charlottetown Airport.

Pride celebrations will go ahead, one way or another

With few flights going out during the pandemic, the halls of Charlottetown Airport are quiet. (Shane Hennessey/CBC)

The provincial budget has been released and the P.E.I. government is projecting the biggest budget deficit in its history as spending increased during pandemic.

The projected deficit by the Conservative government comes in at $173 million, leaving mixed feelings among Greens and Liberals.

Opposition leader Peter Bevan-Baker is questioning how quickly the province is allowing seasonal residents from Ontario to come to P.E.I. 

Manufacturing sales numbers for April were released by Statistics Canada this week, and they show P.E.I. is performing well relative to the rest of the country in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tourism P.E.I. has launched a $250,000 advertising campaign focusing on staycations for Islanders this summer.

While many festivals and events have been cancelled or postponed, organizers of Pride Week say the festival, and parade, will go on in some form.

With provincial borders closed, P.E.I. is encouraging Islander to support the tourism industry. (Jane Robertson/CBC)

P.E.I. will start taking applications for family members of Islanders to visit the province to provide necessary support, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison announced Tuesday.

Seasonal residents have begun arriving on P.E.I.

Confederation Centre library is open again, but with some changes.

COVID-19 has had a "devastating impact" on the Charlottetown airport, CEO Doug Newson told CBC News: Compass host Louise Martin.

P.E.I. has had 27 confirmed cases, the most recent on April 28. All of have recovered. About 9,100 COVID-19 tests from P.E.I. have been done.

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