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States wants to hear about your lockdown experiences

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A SURVEY is being launched today to learn as much as possible about the experiences of Bailiwick residents during the Covid-19 pandemic and the phases of lockdown.

States chief executive Paul Whitfield said the results from the survey which is launched today would be added to those from the community monitoring tool, independent business and charity surveys and that gained through the Covid-19 helplines. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 28383552)

Health & Social Care president Deputy Heidi Soulsby said it had been an extraordinary time for the island.

‘Everyone has played their role in our response so far, we’ve all taken seriously our responsibility to each other in the spirit of Guernsey Together, and part of that now is to help ensure we learn as much as we can,’ she said.

‘I’d ask islanders to keep that at the front of their minds as we roll out this survey.’

The survey asks how islanders felt about the restrictions brought in, what challenges they faced, what impact it had because of their personal circumstances, and how they found the information and services from the States.

It will seek to cover a number of specific aspects of the overall Covid-19 response, including working and schooling, income and expenditure, staying at home, bubbling and travel.

Policy & Resources president Gavin St Pier said while Guernsey had reached phase five of the exit from lockdown, there was still more work to do.

‘We still need to look at when and how we move to phase six and we must be mindful that it is always possible we see the virus return to the Bailiwick,’ he said.

‘We also need to quickly get on with the job of recovering our economy and turning our Revive and Thrive strategy into a reality. Now, while we have a little space to catch up on what has already happened we must make the most of that and gather as much information about our experience as possible, to prepare for what comes next.’

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States chief executive Paul Whitfield said the results from the survey would build upon the feedback already received through the community monitoring tool, independent business and charity surveys, the Covid-19 helplines and support emails and social media.

‘Gathering all that data is a big task and it’s something our officers have worked incredibly hard on,’ he said.

‘The same goes for preparing this survey in a very short turnaround time, but the additional information it brings in will be well worth it.’

. The survey is online at gov.gg/yourviews. Paper copies can be requested by calling 07839 121515 or emailing comms@gov.gg. Surveys in Latvian, Polish and Portuguese will also be available.

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