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Coronavirus: New Protective Powers Agreed

Ministers have been given more powers to protect islanders during the coronavirus pandemic, which includes compelling people to stay at home and be screened to see if they have Covid-19.

The powers will come into effect from Saturday 28th March. They can be enforced by police and health officers.

It will be an offence if people ignore rules to self-isolate unless they have a reasonable excuse, such as not having any food and having no other way of getting food or if an authorised officer has given them written permission.

Anyone who doesn't self-isolate when told to can be fined up to £1,000.

People can be made to go to a place to be screened for coronavirus if an authorised officer has grounds to believe a person may be infectious. It will be against the law if someone doesn't go for a screening or assessment if told to.

If someone is then found to have Covid-19 or if the test was inconclusive, they could be forced to be screened again or be made to self-isolate for no longer than two weeks. That could be extended for another two weeks if it's thought the person is still infected.

Reasonable force can be used to enforce these powers and people who don't comply can be fined up to £10,000. Anyone who obstructs or gives false or misleading information could be jailed for up to six months.

"These are far-reaching powers and I'm sure that only a few weeks ago, none of us would ever have envisaged a need to impose such restrictions on our community, but now these regulations are needed in such unprecedented times." - Deputy Richard Renouf, Health Minister.

These rules only apply to Covid-19 and will be in effect for six months until 30 September. They could be dialled down depending on the situation as it develops.

The regulations also comply to children and vulnerable adults. If a child has to be tested, their parent or the adult responsible for them has to 'take reasonable steps to ensure their child's compliance'. If the parent decides not to do so, they'll be committing an offence.

"No-one is going to force screening and assessment requirements on those who are scared or unable to consent, nor will we seek to criminalise them.

"But if we believe they are ill or may put others at risk, we will take steps to ensure their safety and the safety of others - just as clinicians, police officers and social workers currently do on a day-to-day basis."


 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 From Monday 11th May

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 closed through until Friday 22nd May. Highlands College closed until Friday 29th May.

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 Dates TBC

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 + 10. You can spend time outside with your household and up to ten other people. Larger groups and going into others' homes are still not allowed.

Education: Department for Children, Young People, Education and Skills is due to publish a seperate plan to re-open schools, colleges and nurseries to be brought in as part of Levels 2 and 1.

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: Department for Children, Young People, Education and Skills is due to publish a seperate plan to re-open schools, colleges and nurseries to be brought in as part of Levels 2 and 1.

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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