P.E.I.’s coronavirus restrictions will be eased in early May, officials say

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Residents of Prince Edward Island can expect to see a return of a few signs of normal life in the coming weeks, officials said Wednesday, as the province plans to ease some public health measures imposed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Canada’s smallest province again reported no new cases of COVID-19, leaving the provincial total at just 26, with 24 of those patients recovered.

The province’s chief public health officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, said easing the province back open — set to begin in early May — will be a “delicate balance,” starting with some outdoor activities and some elective surgeries.

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“Although we relax in one sense, we’re also making sure we have ongoing, really tight measures at our entry points into Prince Edward Island, and of course long-term care facilities, really wanting to protect our vulnerable populations and not wanting to overwhelm our health system,” she said.

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Currently, mass gatherings on the Island can’t be any larger than five people who are not members of the same household. Morrison said that will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

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Premier Dennis King said his province is in the fortunate position of considering an ease-back because residents are doing such a good job of observing public health guidelines.

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