On March 27, 2020, the Prince Edward Island government announced that non-essential government services and non-essential businesses will remain closed indefinitely as the situation continues to be re-evaluated on a regular basis. All schools across the province will also remain closed for in-person classes and daycares will remain closed until at least May 11, 2020.
“Non-essential services” means services not providing food supplies, health, financial support or utilities and when not offered to the public will not impact life, health or personal safety. “Essential services” means services that the interruption of which would endanger the life, health or personal safety of the whole or part of the population.
For a complete list of businesses that have been ordered to close, go to Closures Due to COVID-19. A guide to better understand what is essential or not can be found at https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/essential-and-non-essential-services-covid-19.
Anyone who must access essential services is to practice safe social distancing and good hand hygiene. Employers should:
- lead and practice safe social distancing with staff
- ensure anyone who is ill or self-isolating not report to work
- support working from home, where possible