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Coronavirus: Emergencies Council Meets And Leaflets Sent To Every Home

Leaflets are being delivered to all Jersey homes from today with health, travel and hygiene advice relating to coronavirus. It comes as the Emergencies Council meets today.

Jersey Post is distributing them to 46,000 households.

The leaflets have been produced by Jersey's government.

They explain that infection is mild in 80% of cases and that current indications are that people who aren’t showing symptoms are unlikely to be contagious.

They also emphasise the importance of hand hygiene and point to advice for businesses and anyone planning to travel off-island.

There are currently two confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Jersey.  The second was announced on Wednesday evening.

On Wednesday, the World Health Organisation declared the outbreak a pandemic.

Jersey's Deputy Medical Officer of Health says islanders should 'not be alarmed, remain calm and continue as normal.'

Dr Ivan Muscat says the pandemic is a geographical term meaning its spread worldwide rather than becoming more severe.

He insists that Jersey remains well-prepared to deal with Coronavirus.

 “We are aware of the change in status regarding COVID-19 and continue to closely monitor developments from WHO. Our advice on self-isolation for people returning from affected countries and on general hygiene remains unchanged."

The Emergencies Council - chaired by the Chief Minister - is due to meet today to review how the island will manage the disease.

That meeting, which is closed to the public and the media, is taking place at the Old Library in the Royal Court Building.

What is the Emergencies Council?

The Emergencies Council is the overarching body responsible for dealing with emergency situations in Jersey. The Council holds full executive powers for decision-making and strategy in the event of major emergency as directed by the Emergency Powers and
Planning (Jersey) Law 1990.
 
By law, Jersey must have an Emergencies Council in place. Under the Law, the Council “co- ordinate the planning, organisation and implementation of measures which are designed to guard against, prevent, reduce, mitigate or overcome the effects or possible effects of any happening, event or circumstance that causes or may cause loss of life or injury or distress or hardship to persons or that in any way endangers or may endanger the health or safety of the community or that in any way threatens to deprive the community of the necessities of life.”
 
The Emergencies Council, the Emergency Planning Board and the Emergency Planning Officer each play a role in planning for and responding to any major emergency or disaster in, or affecting, Jersey. They may provide:
*specialist knowledge
*equipment, people and resources
*support, care and welfare
 
Who sits on the Emergencies Council?

The council is made up of:

Chief Minister, Senator John Le Fondré, chairman of the Council

Minister for Home Affairs, Connétable Len Norman
Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture, Senator Lyndon Farnham
Minister for Infrastructure, Deputy Kevin Lewis
Minister for Health and Social Services, Deputy Richard Renouf
Minister for External Relations, Senator Ian Gorst
Chair of the Committee des Connétables, Connétable Deidre Mezbourian
The Bailiff, the Lieutenant-Governor and the Attorney General are entitled to attend and be heard at any meeting of the Council. 
 
How regularly do the Emergencies Council meet?

Island preparedness, safety and resilience are discussed biannually at the political level by the Emergencies Council, chaired by the Chief Minister. In addition, the Chief Minister may call a meeting of the Council at any time
 
This sets political priorities for the executive body, known as the Emergency Planning Board, which meets three times a year and is chaired by the Chief Executive. 
 
When did the Emergencies Council last meet?
24 October 2019
 
How does the Emergencies Council operate?
To support the development of a fully integrated response to major incidents in Jersey, the Emergencies Council and Emergency Planning Board have accepted the principles of the United Kingdom Civil Contingencies Act 2004, which delivers a single framework for civil protection in the United Kingdom to reflect the challenges of the 21st Century.
 
Will there be minutes published following the meeting?
The government says it will share the key topics of discussion following the meeting.


 Coronavirus Advice

If you think you might have the virus, you should self-isolate and call the Health Department's coronavirus helpline:

01534 445566

It's open every day between 8am and 8pm. Calls outside these times, or when the line is engaged, won't be answered straight away - but we're told to leave a message and Health officials will call you back.

Please don't visit your GP or the Emergency Department at the General Hospital if you think you have the virus.

Self-isolation

Coronavirus symptoms are similar to that of the flu - a combination of a cough, fever and aching muscles. If you've had any symptoms, even if you haven't travelled abroad, we're being told to self-isolate until they clear up (for a minimum of seven days).

Anyone who has come into contact with a person confirmed to have the coronavirus should stay in self-isolation for at least 14 days.

As of Saturday 28th March, entire households should self-isolate immediately if anyone within that home shows symptoms of coronavirus.

Lockdown restrictions

Jersey's government has announced a phased approach to easing the island's lockdown restrictions. See what's changing below:

Level 4: Lockdown

Calendar date Until Sunday 10th May

Physical Distancing: Keep a two metre distance with people outside your home.

Leaving home: You can go out for up to four hours a day - but only for essential shopping, medical care and outdoor activities.

Gatherings: Household + 2. You can spend time outside with your household and up to two other people. Larger groups and going into others' homes are still not allowed.

Education: All schools and colleges remain closed.

Travel: On-island travel allowed, passenger ferries cancelled and flights only running to Southampton for medical/compassionate reasons or essential work.

Hospitality: Restaurants, bars, pubs and hotels have to stay closed.

Leisure: 'Non-essential' venues have to stay closed.

Retail: 'Essential' shops can remain open as long as physical distancing is maintained. 'Non-essential' shops have to stay closed.

Businesses: 'Essential' work is allowed, but employees should be working from home where possible. Up to two people can work and travel together, as long as physical distancing is maintained.

Level 3: Soft Lockdown

Calendar date Monday 11th May-Thursday 11th June

Physical Distancing: Keep a two metre distance with people outside your home.

Leaving home: Allowed out for up to six hours a day, but we're advised to stay at home as much as possible.

Gatherings: Household + 5. You can spend time outside with your household and up to five other people. Larger groups and going into others' homes are still not allowed.

Education: Schools gradually re-opening from Monday 8th June, starting with years 6, 10 and 12.

Travel: On-island travel allowed, passenger ferries cancelled and flights only running to Southampton for medical/compassionate reasons or essential work.

Hospitality: Restaurants, pubs and hotels that offer outside eating areas can re-open as long as diners can physically distance themselves. Bars and other drinks-only venues have to stay closed.

Leisure: Some outdoor 'non-essential' attractions can re-open, as long as physical distancing can be maintained.

Retail: 'Essential' shops can remain open as long as physical distancing is maintained. 'Non-essential' shops can begin to re-open as long as they adhere to physical distancing rules.

Businesses: Outdoor work can resume, as long as teams have fewer than five people. Businesses can allow some staff to return to offices in a staged way, but employees should be working from home where possible. Work requiring entry to private homes is now allowed under strict guidelines.

Level 2: Soft Opening

Calendar date From Friday 12th June

Physical Distancing: Keep a two metre distance with people outside your home.

Leaving home: Limits and restrictions on going out lifted, but we're advised to stay at home as much as possible.

Gatherings: Household + 20. You can spend time outside with your household and up to 20 other people. Larger groups and going into others' homes are still not allowed.

Education: Schools gradually re-opening from Monday 8th June, starting with years 6, 10 and 12.

Travel: On-island travel allowed. Flights and passenger ferries also allowed as soon as travel routes are re-instated by the operators.

Hospitality: Restaurants, pubs and hotels that offer outside eating areas can re-open as long as diners can physically distance themselves. Bars and other drinks-only venues have to stay closed.

Leisure: Libraries, community centres, youth clubs, places of worship, museums, cinemas, theatres and other attractions can re-open as long as physical distancing can be maintained.

Retail: All shops are allowed to open, as long as physical distancing is maintained.

Businesses: Businesses can allow some staff to return to offices in a staged way, but employees should be working from home where possible. Businesses with proof they are able to physically distance can re-open fully.

Level 1: Physical Distancing

Calendar date Dates TBC

Physical Distancing: Keep a one metre distance with people outside your home.

Leaving home: No restrictions on going out, but we need to keep one metre away from others at all times.

Gatherings: Household + 25. You can spend time outside with your household and up to 25 other people. Larger groups are still not allowed, but groups of up to 10 people are now allowed in private homes.

Education: Schools gradually re-opening from Monday 8th June, starting with years 6, 10 and 12.

Travel: All on and off-island travel is allowed, as soon as travel routes are re-instated by the operators.

Hospitality: All pubs, bars and restaurants are able to re-open, as long as physical distancing is maintained. Hotels, B&Bs and other accomodation can also re-open subject to guidelines.

Leisure: Libraries, community centres, youth clubs, places of worship, museums, cinemas, theatres and other attractions can re-open as long as physical distancing can be maintained.

Retail: All shops are allowed to open, as long as physical distancing is maintained.

Businesses: All staff are now able to return to their regular place of work, as long as physical distancing can be maintained.

During the self-isolation period of 14 days, anyone who develops flu-like symptoms should call the helpline on +44 (0) 1534 445566.

All the latest information can be found on Gov.je.

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