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.
Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Health Morrison announced extensions to closures for Island schools, daycares, non-essential government services and non-essential businesses. All schools across the province will remain closed for in-person classes and daycares will remain closed until, at minimum, May 11, 2020. Non-essential government services and non-essential businesses will remain closed indefinitely as the situation continues to be re-evaluated on a regular basis.
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.
The Province of Prince Edward Island is making immediate investments to support Islanders including enhanced rural internet initiatives and funding for non-profit organizations. Minister MacKay, Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture announced the expansion of the PEI Broadband Fund to support equipment and installation of Mi-Fi units and Wi-Fi Signal Boosters for businesses and the self-employed.
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.