As Covid-19 restrictions eased on Monday, States Works began to get back on track with carrying out work within a number of public spaces, as well as road maintenance.
States Works managing director Paul Lickley said that although the weather has been in their favour during lockdown, his teams were ready to return to work.
‘Having had a relatively wet and cold start to the year, seasonal growth has been minimal, which as far as ongoing maintenance of public spaces, schools, parks and gardens is concerned, it has been a bit of a blessing,’ he said.
‘Now with spring looking like it might be just around the corner and the island slowly coming out of strict lockdown, it is great that our teams are able to resume work, albeit within some fairly tight restrictions.’
This has meant working in smaller teams in some cases – however, for some it was normal.
States Works land management operative Peter de Garis has been working in the lower garden at Candie Gardens.
‘I’ve been pruning shrubs, but there’s lots of variety, which I like.
‘I’ve been able to work on my own and I think once things open up and we’re able to work together more it’ll be different,’ he said.
‘To be back has been quite tiring, a few aches and pains, and I needed to get the hang of it again after being unable to work.
‘It’s definitely a lot less boring than being in the house.’
Highway services teams have also resumed non-essential road maintenance as well as teams within engineering services both working within Public Health’s strict guidelines.
‘Nothing could be better for people’s mental health and wellbeing than to get back to work and enjoy some fresh air,’ added Mr Lickley.
‘Let’s hope islanders continue to adhere to the ongoing restrictions and that we will soon be out and about enjoying our Bailiwick bubble.’