Charlottetown, PE (January 26, 2022) – The Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement regarding the easing of restrictions and public health measures announced on January 26, 2022:
“We are encouraged that the government was willing to share the modeling data and metrics used to inform their decisions at this time, and we welcome the return of in-class learning for our K-12 students,” said Chamber CEO Robert Godfrey. “Clear transparency and communication is valued and appreciated, and very necessary as we continue to navigate through these uncertain times.”
The Chamber notes that remaining restrictions, while understood, will continue to challenge some members of the business community who have experienced two years of reduced revenue dealing with COVID-19.
The Chamber remains in discussions with the Government of PEI regarding supports for businesses who have experienced financial hardship since December 17, 2021, and will continue to into the foreseeable future.
“While businesses continue to be faced with reduced capacity, we know Islanders will continue to support our business community,” said Godfrey. “Businesses remain open in a manner that ensures safety, and Islanders are encouraged to safely support local whenever and wherever possible while we await further easing of restrictions.”
As of January 31, 2022, the following public health measures will be in place:
- In-class learning will return for K-12 students at public and private schools with enhanced measures;
- Personal gatherings are permitted with household members plus a maximum, steady and consistent ten people; individuals are encouraged to continue to keep their circle of contacts as small as possible;
- Organized gatherings are permitted with up to 50 people plus staff, provided there is physical distancing between people of different households; this applies to faith gatherings, wedding and funeral ceremonies, theaters and concerts;
- In-room dining can resume with up to 50 per cent capacity with six feet of distance between tables and maximum table size of 10 people; food premises and licenses establishments must stop food and beverage service at approximately 11:00 p.m. and close by midnight; people must be seated to eat or drink; standing receptions where food and drink are served are not permitted;
- Masks cannot be removed when seated at indoor events, even when there is physical distancing of six feet;
- Other businesses and organizations are permitted to serve the public with up to 50% capacity and physical distancing (this includes retail, casinos, museums and libraries);
- Vax pass program remains in place for discretionary events and activities,
For further details on the announced public health measures, click here.
For a comprehensive list of current government supports for Island businesses, click here.
About The Chamber:
The Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce connects business and community and is PEI’s largest business advocacy organization with more than 1,100 members. For more information on the Chamber visit www.charlottetownchamber.com.
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