Jersey shuts its nightclubs and non-food pubs

MINISTERS in Jersey have announced that all nightclubs and non-food bars should close from 8pm this evening [Sunday] to further help stop the spread of coronavirus.

More relaxed times. Football fans packed into Jersey pubs for World Cup Football two years' ago. (Picture: Rob Currie 27615192)
More relaxed times. Football fans packed into Jersey pubs for World Cup Football two years' ago. (Picture: Rob Currie 27615192)

The moves are similar to those announced for Guernsey from Friday evening.

Jersey Medical Officer of Health. Dr Ivan Muscat said: 'While there has been an overall drop in activity it has not been enough, and we now need all nightclubs and bars to close, as well as any bar facilities in restaurants and pubs.'

Pubs that serve food, and restaurants, can continue to serve alcohol to tables as part of their restaurant service but should close their open bars. Food and alcohol may only be served to customers seated at tables. Any restaurant or pub that serves food must enforce social distancing for staff and customers in both the kitchen and the restaurant.

In summary:

  • Nightclubs will have to close

  • Bars that do not serve food will have to close

  • Restaurants, and pubs that serve food, can serve meals and alcohol to customers who are seated at tables

Jersey ministers say they understand this is a challenging time for those in the hospitality industry. 'The Government will work with bar and nightclub owners to support them and their employees, in line with the package of measures announced by the Minister for Economic Development earlier this week.'

The total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Jersey as of Saturday was 15.

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