Charlottetown, PE – The Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement regarding the Government of PEI’s announcement to ease some restrictions surrounding the two-week circuit breaker:

“Today’s announcement offers the opportunity for some of our impacted members to get back to business during the holiday season and into the new year,” said Penny Walsh- McGuire, CEO of the Chamber. “While we look forward to moving towards the new normal phase that we have enjoyed, this re-open is a step in the right direction.”

The Chamber emphasized that while the easing of restrictions is welcomed, our hardest-hit industries are still under immense pressure and much uncertainty.

“Businesses have been patient and committed to supporting their employees and providing a safe environment for customers,” said Walsh-McGuire. “As we move into the holidays and the new year, we encourage Islanders to continue to support your friends and neighbours by supporting locals.”

The easing of restrictions for businesses which begin as of December 18 at 8:00 AM and continue until January 11, 2021:

  • In-room dining at restaurants may resume. Restaurants can remain open until 11 PM, with a maximum table size of 10, and a capacity limit of 50 people, with the option of including an additional 50 people with an approved COVID-19 operational plan.
  • Gyms, fitness facilities, museums, and libraries may re-open with a 50% capacity limit of the space’s standard operating capacity. Gyms and fitness facilities must also implement enhanced physical distancing measures for high-intensity activities.
  • Personal services will be open by appointment only, and non-medical masks must be worn at all times by staff.
  • Retail stores and markets can remain open with a 50% capacity limit of the space’s standard operating capacity and monitor entrances and exits to ensure that capacity is not exceeded.

To review the Government of PEI’s Post Circuit Breaker Holiday Measures, click here.



For more information, please contact:

Sam MacPhail

Policy and Communications Manager

(902) 978-0058