Prince Edward Island: State of Public Health Emergency
Non-Essential Businesses Closed: The government ordered the closure of all non-essential workplaces in the province. The full list of essential businesses that may remain open can be found here.
Economic Aid: Premier Dennis King announced an initial $25 million Emergency Contingency Fund to support island workers, including the self-employed, and small businesses who are affected by COVID-19. The province announced $2M to support early learning centres, $500,000 in relief for NGOs, support for self-employed islanders, and a temporary allowance for residents who have had employment cutbacks to COVID among other commitment.
Premier Dennis King, and Minister MacKay, Economic Growth announced a new Employee Gift Card Program that will provide $100 gift cards to employees who have been laid off as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In partnership with Sobeys Incorporated, the provincial government will be sharing the cost with the food retailer to ensure individuals in the province have access to necessary resources. MacKay also announced a new Business Program website that will help to connect Islanders to all provincial programming that has been developed.
Closures / Restrictions: Premier Dennis King announced strict fines for individuals who do not comply with self-isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. The penalties include: a fine of $1,000 for a first offence; a fine of $2,000 for a second offence; or, a fine of $10,000 for a third offence and every offence thereafter.