Wearing of masks may be made mandatory

MASK wearing might be made mandatory in a bid to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

It is currently strongly encouraged that people wear a mask when outside their home. This includes outside, if they are likely to meet anyone.

Deputy Chief Minister Heidi Soulsby said it was still unclear whether the UK variant of coronavirus was in Guernsey. But if it was, it was known to be more transmissible than other variants, making mask wearing very important. She said many people had asked whether the wearing of masks would be made compulsory.

‘This is something we will be reviewing later today, when the CCA meet again,’ she said.

‘However, in the meantime, please do wear a mask.’

Director of Public Health Dr Nicola Brink at a previous press briefing wearing a face mask. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 29184614)

Quarantine hotels is another matter up for debate by the CCA.

The idea is being adopted in the UK for people arriving from high-risk locations. However, people in Guernsey are able to quarantine in their own homes when they arrive. They are regularly checked on in person and over the phone.

Deputy Soulsby said they were researching what quarantine hotels could look like here.

‘I should make it clear though that we are not doing this as a consequence of the outbreak. It was something we were considering before last Saturday.’

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