COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What's happening Sunday, March 14

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Some Island pharmacies are giving the The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to people aged 18-29 who work in food service in the province. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images - image credit)
Some Island pharmacies are giving the The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to people aged 18-29 who work in food service in the province. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images - image credit)

No new cases of COVID-19 were announced on P.E.I. Saturday as the province lifted circuit-breaker measures earlier than expected.

The restrictions were put in place in late February after an increase in COVID-19 cases among young people in both Charlottetown and Summerside.

The following restrictions were eased Saturday morning:

  • Personal gatherings can again include a household and up to 10 other people (consistently the same people) but physical distancing should still be observed.

  • Concerts, worship services, and movie theatres are back to a total of 200 people in four separate cohorts with an approved operational plan.

  • Weddings and funerals can have up to 50 people, plus officiants, and receptions are once again allowed.

  • Organized recreation and team sports may resume and games can be held, as opposed to just practices.

  • Capacity limits have been eased for businesses, markets, gyms and fitness facilities, museums and libraries "if physical distancing and other public health measures are maintained."

People aged 18-29 who work in food service could make appointments to be vaccinated at participating Island pharmacies beginning this past Thursday. Some pharmacies have now started giving the vaccine.

Hockey P.E.I. says an early end to the province's circuit-breaker restrictions means provincial championships can go ahead, and also that teams may schedule exhibition games. Hockey P.E.I. also announced playoffs will be held for several Island hockey leagues in the coming weeks.

P.E.I. Finance Minister Darlene Compton presented the provincial operating budget, covering a year that could see a gradual economic recovery as COVID-19 vaccines are administered to Islanders and would-be visitors alike.

Prince Edward Island's full-time employment was down 1,100 jobs compared to January, Statistics Canada reported on Friday. Part-time employment on the Island was up by more than 500 jobs.

Holland College says students will be back on campuses across P.E.I. full time this fall.

The Easter Beef show is on after it was cancelled last year.

Summerside residents will pay more for utilities in the proposed budget, as the city tries to deal with reduced revenues during the pandemic.

P.E.I. has had 143 diagnosed cases of COVID-19, with no deaths or hospitalizations. No new cases were announced on P.E.I. over the weekend.

No new cases were announced in Newfoundland over the weekend.

On Sunday, Nova Scotia reported one new case and five new cases were reported in New Brunswick.

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Reminder about symptoms

The symptoms of COVID-19 can include:

  • Fever.

  • Cough or worsening of a previous cough.

  • Possible loss of taste and/or smell.

  • Sore throat.

  • New or worsening fatigue.

  • Headache.

  • Shortness of breath.

  • Runny nose.

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