Prince Edward Island is officially dropping its mandatory mask mandate effective Friday, May 6, according to the Chief Public Health Office.
This means masks will no longer be required in indoor public spaces. However, CPHA “strongly recommends” that people continue to wear them.
“Masks will be strongly recommended in most indoor settings and will still be required in certain high-risk areas such as hospitals, long-term and community care homes, public transportation, and for school students and staff. Kindergarten to Grade 12 when on buses and when not seated in class,” a CPHA statement said.
Additionally, beginning this Thursday, April 28 at noon, the province is dropping voluntary testing and screening at PEI ports of entry. Rapid tests will no longer be distributed to people entering Prince Edward Island at Borden-Carleton or the Charlottetown airport.
CPHA will still require those who test positive for COVID-19 to self-isolate for seven days if fully vaccinated or 10 days if not fully vaccinated.
“We’re starting to see a downward trend in new cases and daily hospitalizations. We need to keep wearing masks a bit longer to make sure the positive trends continue,” said Chief Administrator Dr Heather Morrison. public health, in the press release. “Measures such as masking that are currently in place are effective and making a difference.
“The cessation of screening and voluntary testing at [Borden-Carleton] is a significant step forward as border measures have been in place since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.”