PEI Is Letting 6 People Sit At A Restaurant Table Together With No Restrictions
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Dining in is on the horizon. When P.E.I. restaurants reopen at the beginning of June, six people can sit at one table together with no restrictions. So, people don't just have to eat with their family or those they live with.
P.E.I. is getting ready to move on to its third phase of reopening on June 1.
On that date, a bunch of restrictions are going to be eased on indoor and outdoor gatherings, organized recreational activities and indoor dining.
When it comes to getting back to sitting inside restaurants to eat, the maximum number of people per table is six.
However, there are no rules about sitting with those in your household or even how far away everyone has to be from each other at the table.
Each table does have to be two metres apart from the next one though.
Indoor seating capacity at food places will be up to 50 diners with phase three of the plan but there are no capacity rules for outdoor areas like patios.
Restaurants can't offer buffet-style servings when they reopen for dine-in.
There will also be no recreational activities inside these places like pool tables, dance floors or karaoke spots.
For people who dine-in once restrictions are lifted, they have to stay seated to get service.
Jeff Sinnott, co-owner of Red Island Hospitality Group, which runs a handful of restaurants in Charlottetown, told the CBC that he was surprised by what was allowed with the reopenings.
"So when I heard the news that it didn't have to be groups of the same family, it was a bit of a relief because people want to come out and have fun with their friends," he said.
Restaurants are being told to take steps to ensure health and safety like limiting the amount of interaction and enhancing cleaning.
Over three week periods, public health measures put in place in P.E.I. are slowly lifted with each new reopening phase.
When the province will move on to phase four of its plan still hasn't been determined.
As of May 29, all 27 of P.E.I.'s confirmed COVID-19 cases are recovered.