21 April 2020 – A phased-in approach to easing back on public health measures

Type of Intervention: Guidance
Sectors Involved: Civil Defence
Intervention Categories: Planning and strategy; Creation of or release of plans
Level of Jurisdiction: Prince Edward Island
Lead People/Agency: Premier Dennis King and Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison

Overview: A phased-in approach to easing back on public health measures in Prince Edward Island could begin as early as May 1.

The approach, called “Re-opening PEI, together”, will focus on public health and safety and requires Islanders to act smartly, cautiously and methodically. The framework for how and when public health measures could be lifted is being developed, ensuring there is time to conduct risk assessments as testing and surveillance continue.
Full details here: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/news/province-planning-easing-public-health-measures

Type of Justification: Scientific Evidence (e.g. academic paper, report)
Evidence/Justification: Public health officials are looking at initially easing public measures related to some outdoor activities and non-urgent health care services such as elective surgeries. Before this can happen, several factors will be taken into consideration, including:

– whether there has been community transmission;
– whether there have been any outbreaks; and,
– supply of personal protective equipment (PPE), especially at long-term care homes.