P.E.I. relaxes self-isolation rules after trucker fined $1,000

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. -- Prince Edward Island has relaxed its self-isolation rules for truck drivers after the province sparked a furor by imposing a £1,000 fine on a trucker who had ventured out to buy groceries.


Philipp Reimus / Photo: Philipp Reimus

But the province insisted Monday the relaxation had nothing to do with the incident. "No, this has been in the works for some time now," said a government official who requested anonymity. Earlier in the day, the province said truck drivers are no longer required to self-isolate if they agree to undergo regular tests, and the tests remain negative.

"Truck drivers traveling off Island within Canada and the U.S. can be tested weekly for Covid-19. If the test is negative, you no longer have to self-isolate when at home. However, please monitor for symptoms of Covid-19, and if symptoms should occur self-isolate and call 811 for testing," the statement said.

£1,000 fine

The move came just days after trucker Philipp Reimus was fined £1,000 for leaving his apartment in Stratford to get some food.

The German national, who had been working in Nova Scotia for the past year, had moved to his new residence May 1, he said.

Philipp Reimus / Photo: Philipp Reimus

He was supposed to get tested for Covid-19 on that day, but the appointment was canceled because no one was available to do the testing, Reimus told Today's Trucking. On May 4, Reimus was issued the ticket. He soon contacted Mike Millian, president of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada, for help in getting the fine waived.

"I reached out to P.E.I. as well as Transport Canada to lobby on his behalf, and to protect the interests of truckers and essential workers suffering under difficult circumstances."

_ Mike Millian, president, Private Motor Truck Council of Canada.

Millian, who has since contacted the government, is still waiting for a response.

"I reached out to P.E.I. as well as Transport Canada to lobby on his behalf, and to protect the interests of truckers and essential workers suffering under difficult circumstances," Millian said. The trucker's story was first published by CBC News website, where it drew sharp reaction from readers. As of Monday, the province has reported 27 positive cases.

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