COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Wednesday, June 24

The four Atlantic provinces have agreed to open their borders to each other on July 3, the Council of Atlantic Premiers announced Wednesday in a news release.

An Atlantic regional bubble will begin July 3

Once the Atlantic region's pandemic bubble comes into effect, Confederation Bridge is likely to be busier than it has been over the past few months. (Jane Robertson/CBC)

The four Atlantic provinces have agreed to open their borders to each other on July 3, the Council of Atlantic Premiers announced Wednesday in a news release.

While P.E.I. will open its borders, it won't be the "free-flowing traffic" of the pre-COVID-19 days, said Premier Dennis King.

Many Prince Edward Islanders were overwhelmed when that news broke Wednesday afternoon.

The tourism industry on P.E.I. is hoping the bubble will help salvage what's left of a season ravaged by COVID-19 restrictions.

Some Island seniors' homes are making speedy adjustments to visitation protocols in preparation for reopening indoor visitation this week.

Lobster fishermen in the Gulf of St Lawrence will get a few more days on the water this summer to help redeem a blighted season.

Summerside Mayor Basil Stewart says if the Journal Pioneer doesn't start back up the area will lose more then just local news coverage. (Ken Linton)

Politicians in Summerside say they plan to do whatever they can to save the Journal Pioneer

The Green Party has introduced a motion in the P.E.I. Legislature to make a four-day work week the standard on P.E.I.

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Liberal MLAs are calling for CERB to be exempt from provincial income tax, but the finance minister is balking.

Advertising losses during the pandemic have forced Atlantic Canada's largest newspaper chain, Halifax-based SaltWire Network, to lay off 109 people permanently.

Among the 109 people affected by layoffs at Saltwire Network are 61 people working in Nova Scotia, 25 in Newfoundland and Labrador and 23 on P.E.I. (Natalia Goodwin/CBC)

New sports are opening up for play as COVID-19 restrictions ease.

A proposed bylaw could make more patio space available in downtown Charlottetown.

Charlottetown Airport revealed a stark financial forecast at its virtual annual public meeting.

Officials at Access PEI, worried that in the middle of P.E.I.'s current heat wave, people could be vulnerable to the sun, have set up tents along the side of the building to offer some reprieve to those waiting in line outside.

For Phase 4, slated to start June 26, Dr. Heather Morrison, P.E.I.'s chief public health officer, said the limit on large organized gatherings will remain at 50 people, but some venues may be able to accommodate multiple gatherings.

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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