Premier Dennis King announced that P.E.I. has started allowing residents to return home after a long time being abroad. The people who have left P.E.I. will be able to come back home from June 8th. When COVID-19 started, the province paused the applications for those who wanted to enter P.E.I. It seems that a lot of people will be arriving in the province and more than 500 households will be granted entry per week. Travel will need to be pre-approved as well and the travelers will need to be in self-isolation for 14 days.
This year, those who arrive in P.E.I. will need to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arriving and they will be tested upon arrival as well.
Premier Dennis King stated:
“In addition, and new this year, our enforcement teams will conduct random isolation checks to ensure the highest level of compliance possible.”
King said that the province planned to open its borders earlier, but additional outbreaks delayed it.
Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison stated:
“The mental well-being of families being reunited has been at the top of our list of priorities. We know that the last 15 months or so have been very, very difficult and that far too many of us have not seen our loved ones and we need to address that. The Atlantic bubble will open as soon as it is safe to do so and I’m hopeful that will happen prior to Canada Day although as of today we have no firm date.”