Charlottetown, PE – CEO of the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce, Penny Walsh-McGuire, released the following statement in response to the provincial government’s decision to move out of modified red alert and continue circuit breaker measures until March 14th at 8:00 a.m.:
“The announcement to end the temporary lockdown means that our province can start to get back to business. The past few days have been extremely stressful for impacted business owners and their many employees. The Chamber is encouraged that businesses, such as retailers, restaurants, and other services, can re-open and safely serve customers once again. We look forward to seeing the further easing of restrictions.
The re-opening of in-room dining at restaurants is of particular importance given that restaurants and their staff rely on the business that takes place between their four walls. Unfortunately, during the last circuit breaker, restaurants were limited to take-out, delivery, and curbside pick-up.
The response from the community and the timely work of Health PEI staff in processing more than 11,000 tests since Saturday and extensive contact tracing is recognized and appreciated. The Chamber also wants to recognize businesses who have truly been invested partners in keeping their employees and the public safe.
The ever-changing situation with COVID-19 has proven that we could find ourselves in a similar scenario as we await immunization for Islanders. Should this occur, we encourage the consideration of all options to ensure a balance in the health of Islanders and our economy.”
Until March 14th at 8:00 a.m., the following circuit breaker measures will be in place for all of PEI:
- Personal gatherings are limited to households plus 6 consistent individuals.
- Organized gatherings are limited to a maximum of 50 people with a COVID-19 operational plan.
- Retailers and markets can operate at up to 50% capacity with supervised entrances and exits.
- In-room dining at restaurants and pubs may operate up to a maximum of 50 people, with a maximum table size of 6 people and closing hours of 10 p.m.
- Personal services may operate by appointment only, and everyone must wear a mask at all times.
- Supervised gyms and fitness facilities may operate at up to 50% capacity with enhanced cleaning. Museums and libraries may also operate at up to 50% capacity.
For further information on the circuit breaker measures, please click here.
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Policy & Communications Manager