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PEI enters third phase of reopening plan

Libraries, salons among businesses included
Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Prince Edward Island has entered the third phase of its Renew PEI, Together plan for reopening services across the province.

On June 1 public spaces such as art galleries, libraries, and youth and community centres were permitted to reopen. Swimming pools, gyms, and arenas can also welcome back guests.

Some forms of visitation are now permitted at long-term care facilities in the province, though visitors must be screened before entering the premises.

Nail salons, tattoo parlours, and spas can begin booking appointments, with the exception of services in which the client cannot wear a mask for an extended period of time, such as threading, mouth and facial piercings, teeth whitening, and facials.

Dine-in service at restaurants is now permitted for PEI residents only, with a maximum of 50 patrons per dining room and a maximum of six customers per table. Campgrounds, inns, and bed and breakfasts will also be allowed to accept customers who reside in the province.

Other restrictions lifted include those for child care centres, day camps, and elective dental treatments.

Facilities included in Phase 3 must still follow the public health guidance as laid out for all four phases of Renew PEI, Together and must ensure occupants adhere to physical distancing guidelines. All businesses operating during the COVID-19 pandemic are also required to have an operational plan. Though the plan does not need to be submitted to the Chief Public Health Office before reopening, it must be made available during inspections by a government official.

PEI’s fourth phase will begin in three weeks. For full details regarding stipulations set out in phase Phase 3, or for more information on the province’s reopening plan, visit PEI’s department of health and wellness website.

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