Recent COVID-19 Updates for Truck Drivers
International, local, and national truck drivers who are registered rotational workers and are residents of Prince Edward Island are not mandated to self-isolate after testing negative for Covid. This only applies if they keep up with the required testing frequency and remain within the region. However, non-residents have to abide by different rules when in PEI.
To be free from self-isolation regulations:
- First, the driver must register as a rotation worker and be approved by the Chief Public Health Office, after which they:
- – Will be required to self-isolate until they get negative Covid-19 results from a first test every time they return from a journey. However, if they return to the province several times a week, ground or air, and have not gone beyond the Atlantic Provinces within two weeks, isolation will not be necessary. The same applies to those who get tested after every 5 days in the district.
- Must go for testing at specified intervals depending on how long they remain in the area. It can be on the first day, day 4, and the eighth day. Alternatively, those coming back to PEI multiple times per week and have not gone past the Atlantic within 14 days can get tested once every 5 days.
- You should get tested if leaving the region 48 hours before a scheduled test.
- Those coming from regions beyond the Atlantic Provinces but have to leave again within 24 hours and, therefore, cannot be tested are free to do so if they do not have symptoms of Covid-19. You can also proceed if you have not received your results, but you are prohibited from interacting with others outdoors or going into workplaces within the region. Going into workstations requires negative test results, but offloading the truck before getting feedback after a test is allowed so long as it is contactless.
All these regulations apply to those who get tests regularly only. If you do not keep up with the recommended frequency, you will have to self-isolate for 14 days or during your entire stay in the province if it will be less than two weeks. You’ll be getting calls during that period.