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Coronavirus: Travel Restrictions Increased

Jersey's government has issued new travel advice that anyone arriving in the island from 52 counties across europe and asia must self isolate for 14 days - even if they don't have flu-like symptoms - to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

It includes the Republic of Ireland, but not the UK, and does not apply to essential workers.

"The guidance is that all travellers arriving in Jersey from Europe and Eurasia must now self-isolate for 14 days. This includes travellers who arrive in Jersey from these countries via the UK and applies regardless of whether travellers are displaying flu-like symptoms or not."

Anyone who develops flu-like symptom during the self-isolation period should call the helpline on 445566.

People are being advised not to travel to the island unless they have the ability to self-isolate for a full 14 days in Jersey.

"We have not taken this decision lightly, but to protect our community we feel it is right and proper to put this measure in place. 

Mainland Europe is now the epicentre of the coronavirus and ensuring that anyone coming to Jersey from Europe and Eurasia self-isolates for 14 days is a prudent approach." - Chief Minister, Senator John Le Fondré, 

The government says islanders are advised to only travel off-island if it is truly essential, such as for medical care, to provide care for vulnerable dependants and for essential business that can't be undertaken remotely by electronic or other means. 

As of midday on Monday 16th March, Jersey had five confirmed cases of coronavirus.

The Director General of Jersey's health department said they had all returned from affected countries and urged islanders to follow Jersey Government advice.

Join Channel 103 from 9am when Jersey's Primary Care Medical Director Dr Adrian Noon will be taking your health-related coronavirus questions.  

Find out more here.


The Emergencies Council - led by the Chief Minister - is meeting for a second time to discuss the situation.  It first convened on the subject of Covid-19 last Thursday.

The EU is shutting its borders from midday for 30 days to slow the rate of infections.

Condor says it is working up a plan to put on sailings over the next few days to help passengers who need to get home.
 


In separate developments:

*There willl be an extra States Assembly sitting this week for politicians to ask Ministers urgent coronavirus questions.

On Wednesday afternoon, States Members will also debate emergency measures to allow them to vote remotely if necessary and to make decisions even if more than half are unable to be present.

*Jersey's largest retailers have come together to plead with people to 'shop sensibly'.

It's as shop shelves are being quickly emptied of the likes of hand sanitiser, toilet rolls and pasta.

 


* The royal visit of HRH Sophie, Countess of Wessex to Jersey next week has been postponed.

*Some Parish Hall enquiries have been cancelled for the next two weeks because of concerns relating to Covid-19.

Anyone due to attend those affected will be contacted by the Honorary Police.

* All Scouting meetings, activities and events have been suspended until further notice.

The decision affects 800 young people and more than 200 volunteers.  

The organisation is looking at ways of sharing activities online that can be done at home.

*Blue Islands has introduced a revised timetable from today to make sure essential lifeline routes are maintained.

There are morning and evening services between Jersey and Guernsey, twice daily Guernsey to Southampton and Jersey to Southampton services plus a daily service to Bristol.

The airline insists the links to Southampton are not threatened by the collapse of Flybe - and that services will continue.

* Jersey FA has postponed all local league and cup fixtures, friendly matches and training including after-school skills sessions and holiday fun weeks.

Jersey Reds don't know when they will nextplay after the RFU suspended all training and games until 14th April at the earliest.

The opening meeting of the Jersey Horse Racing Season at Les Landes on Easter Monday has been cancelled because of Covid-19.


 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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