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Coronavirus: What the island lockdown means for you

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The States of Guernsey is introducing three new measures as part of strict new measures to combat Covid-19.

Strict new measures have been put in place to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

These require people to

  • stay at home, except for very limited purposes;
  • closing non-essential shops and community spaces;
  • and stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public.

They will be reviewed in a fortnight.

1. STAYING AT HOME

You should only leave the house for one of four reasons.

* Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.

* Up to two hours exercise a day, to include walking, cycling, running or sea swimming or other open sea activities alone or with members of your household. If sea swimming or open sea activities are undertaken they may be undertaken with one other person present, for safety reasons, provided social distancing is maintained and it is understood that such swimming or open sea activities are undertaken at the individual's own risk.

* Any medical need, if instructed to do so by a healthcare worker or required to do so having called 999, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.

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* Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

These four reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are two metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

Separate advice is available for individuals or households who are isolating, and for the most vulnerable who need to be shielded.

If you work in a critical sector or your child has been identified as vulnerable, you can continue to take your children to school. Where parents do not live in the same household, children under 18 can be moved between their parents’ homes

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2. CLOSING NON-ESSENTIAL SHOPS AND PUBLIC SPACES

The States is ordering certain businesses and other venues to close. This includes:

* Pubs

* Clubs

* Cinemas

* Restaurants/cafes

* All non essential retail stores – essential retail stores are limited to food and

pharmacy goods.

* Libraries

* Community centres

* Youth centres

* Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities – such as soft play facilities and outdoor play

areas

* Communal places within parks , such as playgrounds, sports courts and outdoor

gyms.

* Places of worship

* Hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, campsites, and boarding houses for

commercial/leisure use (excluding permanent residents and key workers).

If you are not on the list or you are not sure you need to take advice before opening by

calling 733017 or email educationsportandculture@gov.gg

3. STOPPING PUBLIC GATHERINGS

To make sure people are staying at home and apart from each other, the States is also stopping all public gatherings of more than two people.

There are only two exceptions to this rule:

* Where the gathering is of a group of people who live together - this means that a parent can, for example, take their children to the shops if there is no option to leave them at home.

* Where the gathering is essential for work purposes – but workers should be trying to minimise all meetings and other gatherings in the workplace.

In addition, the States of Guernsey is stopping social events, including weddings, baptisms and other religious ceremonies. This will exclude funerals, which can be attended by immediate family.

Nick Mann

By Nick Mann
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