COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Sunday, July 18

Residents of Canada who are vaccinated and have a P.E.I. Pass will not have to self-isolate when they arrive at the border. Eased border restrictions came into effect Sunday.

P.E.I. opens its borders to fully vaccinated Canadians as more restrictions eased

Dr. Heather Morrison, P.E.I.'s chief public health officer, hands out gift cards as she greets visitors at Charlottetown Airport on Sunday. (Rick Gibbs/CBC)

Visitors from across Canada began arriving on P.E.I. Sunday without the need to self-isolate — provided they are fully vaccinated.

That's good news for the province's tourism and accommodations industry.

Charlottetown Airport is expecting to get busier with more flights and more passengers.

The new measures come just days after the minimum price for a litre of self-serve regular gas rose to $1.395 — the highest since May 1, 2014, when the minimum price was $1.419.

Other restrictions are also being eased on Sunday. 

  • Personal gatherings can increase to up to 50 people indoors and outdoors.
  • Organized gatherings hosted by a business or organization are permitted with cohorts of up to 200 people outdoors or 100 people indoors.
  • Multiple gatherings hosted by a business or organization are permitted with an approved operational plan.
  • Weddings and funerals may host up to 200 people, following cohort limits.
  • Sport and recreation activities that require close contact are limited to a single cohort of 100 per day.
  • Restaurants will no longer have a limit on the number of people seated at a table.

The P.E.I. Pride Festival kicked off on Sunday with a church service, barbecue in the park and a sold out drag show at The Guild in Charlottetown.

The crack of the bat, the chatter from the dugout and the cheers from the stands were welcome sounds in Charlottetown this weekend as senior baseball returned after a one-year absence due to COVID-19.

P.E.I. has no known active cases of COVID-19, and has seen a total of 208.

Elsewhere in Atlantic Canada: 

  • New Brunswick reported one new case Sunday. It brings the total number of active cases to nine.
  • Nova Scotia reported three new COVID-19 cases. There are now eight known active cases. There are two people in hospital with one of those in intensive care.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador last updated its numbers on Friday which showed a total of 46 active cases.

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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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