Prince Edward Island has officially banned in-room dining areas, bars, indoor play areas, theatres and movie theatres in order to stall the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Dr. Heather Morrison, the province’s chief medical officer of health, says the closures are effective immediately. All non-essential government services will also be halted.
“We think that this is the best approach in trying to keep everyone safe,” she said.
For restaurants, pick-up, delivery and drive-thru options will continue to be allowed for the time being.
Health officials are also recommending the closure of dental clinics for the next 10 days, with dental emergencies handled on a case-by-case basis.
During Tuesday’s press briefing, Morrison said wakes at funeral homes will be restricted to family members with no more than 20 people present.
There is still just one case of COVID-19 on Prince Edward Island. A woman in her 50s from the Queens County area tested positive for the virus after returning from travel on a cruise ship.
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