- Masks are still urged in public places.
- Buses were one of the last areas on P.E.I. where wearing a mask was still needed.
Effectively instantly, masks to help stop the spread of COVID-19 are no longer needed on P.E.I. transit.
“It is very promising to see the daily digit of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and institutional outbreaks continuing to drop on Prince Edward Island,” stated Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison in a press release Friday morning.
“We urge masks in public areas across Prince Edward Island.”
The mask order for most public areas was lifted on May 6 and in schools on May 24. It stays for high-risk settings such as clinics and long-term and community care houses.
T3 Transit owner Mike Cassidy said he’s happy to see the mandate being lifted for buses because transit riders can now obey the same protocols they do anywhere else.
“We were hearing was, ‘We’re in a public place, we’re in a grocery shop, we’re in a restaurant where masks are urged, not compulsory. Yet we step on a bus and is required,'” he said. “We had clients looking at one another, some wearing masks, some not. And there was just a little bit of potential tension, we felt.”
The region is urging people to get their vaccine boosters.
As of May 22, nearly 95 percent of Islanders were completely vaccinated. People over the age of 60 are now urged to get a second vaccine booster.
Source – cbc.ca