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P.E.I. premier speaks with Sobeys to understand impacts of coronavirus

Sobeys is going to eliminate plastic grocery bags by the end of January,

Premier Dennis King
Premier Dennis King

The premier spoke with the executive vice-president, related businesses for Sobeys Inc. today to understand fully the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19 strain) on the supply chain.

Both Dennis King and Vivek Sood recognized that food and pharmacy offerings are critical and essential to all Canadians and the need to continue to do what we can to make sure access to these products are available.

Sood updated the premier on the unprecedented demand for product and the continued need to ensure a level of open borders – provincially and nationally – to ensure the chain of supply can continue.

King offered his support going forward and both agreed that working together is necessary to minimize the impacts.

Both recognized the right for people to be concerned but that consumers need to remain calm and think of the needs of the greater community in how or what they choose to buy.

The province is working closely with local, provincial, territorial and federal partners to minimize its health, economic and social impacts in P.E.I. and across the county.

Islanders with questions about coronavirus should call P.E.I.’s toll-free information line at 1-800-958-6400. The information line is taking messages 24-hours a day, seven days a week and Islanders who leave messages will receive a call back within 24 hours from the Chief Public Health Office.

Islanders experiencing symptoms (cough, fever, or shortness of breath) within 14 days after international travel should call 811 to be screened and, if necessary, directed for testing.

Those requiring immediate medical attention should call 9-1-1.

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