Wearing mask in indoor public places could be law in Jersey

NEW laws are being drawn up to make wearing masks compulsory in indoor public places as part of plans to help prevent a second wave of Covid-19 in Jersey.

New laws are being drawn up in Jersey which would make it compulsory to wear masks in public indoor areas such as shops.
New laws are being drawn up in Jersey which would make it compulsory to wear masks in public indoor areas such as shops.

Health minister Richard Renouf said he hoped to bring the law to the States for approval at the start of October and politicians may be asked to debate it as soon as possible, scrapping the six-week lodging period usually required before a proposition is debated.

The minister said the move followed concerns that residents had become ‘too relaxed’ and complacent due to the current low levels of infection in the island.

‘It remains strongly recommended to wear masks in public,’ he said. ‘We are to engage in discussions with retailers, particularly about how they might encourage the wearing of masks in retail outlets.’

In Jersey masks are currently compulsory on public buses and flights, with some islanders being exempt on the grounds of health or disability.

Meanwhile, Economic Development minister Lyndon Farnham has said charging incoming passengers to Jersey for their Covid-19 test could cause a ‘sharp drop’ in the number of visitors.

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