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P.E.I. aims to reopen to Atlantic travellers June 27, some other Canadians by Aug. 8

CHARLOTTETOWN — Prince Edward Island has become the first province in Atlantic Canada to set a date for ending pandemic-related travel restrictions for the rest of the country.

Dr. Heather Morrison, the province’s chief public health officer, said today her team is aiming to reopen the province to Atlantic Canadian travellers on June 27 and to some Canadian travellers on Aug. 8.

She says fully or partially vaccinated Atlantic Canadians will be able to visit the Island beginning June 27 without self-isolating.

Beginning Aug. 8, she says fully vaccinated Canadians from outside Atlantic Canada can visit without self-isolating as long as they’ve been pre-approved for travel, adding that she expects the pre-approval requirement to be lifted on Sept. 12.

Morrison says all travellers will be tested upon arrival and will have to provide proof of their vaccination status, but says her team is still working out details.

She says each of the dates she announced today are contingent upon the province hitting certain COVID-19 vaccination targets.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 27, 2021.

The Canadian Press