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Bailiwick Blueprint

This page was last updated on 17 August 2021 at 10:05hrs.

As of Monday 22 March 2021, the Bailiwick of Guernsey is in Stage 3 of lockdown.

Guidance for Stage 3 is available at: https://covid19.gov.gg/guidance/stagethree.

Living responsibly with COVID-19

As we move out of lockdown towards a Bailiwick that is living with COVID-19 as an endemic virus (one that is regularly found within certain areas or populations) rather than a pandemic virus (one that is found across whole countries or the world) we need to think about what we need to do to balance the risk of infection of COVID-19 (or a variant) with the impact of restrictions imposed during the pandemic on the wider health and wellbeing of Bailiwick residents. This includes the economic impact of the pandemic.

Public Health measures have been crucial to limit the transmission of the virus and reduce deaths associated with COVID-19 infections.

Whilst as a community we might wish to strive for total elimination of the virus (defined as 28 days with no new cases of infection identified) we do not need to reach the elimination definition for us to move through the states of lockdown. As we progress beyond stage 3 and remove or reduce our border restrictions there needs to be an acceptance that we will see cases of COVID-19 infection and accept the fact the virus has become endemic.

As we transition out of this pandemic, we also need to think about the lessons learnt from the last year and we need to plan for a future where we manage the virus in our community.

Considerations will include our future testing requirements, the vaccination programme, travel requirements such as vaccine passports, variants of the virus emerging globally and the long-terms effects of post-COVID-19 syndrome.

We need to recognise that our on island testing ability, our track and trace process and our community understanding of ways in which to avoid the transmission of a virus will ensure we can protect our healthcare services and manage any identified cases.

We also need to recognise that the most vulnerable in our community have been, or are being vaccinated against COVID-19 infections. This means that if we haven’t reached a point of elimination, we can still move forward, with a low number of cases.

It is very important to note that this Blueprint can change at any time depending on the impact of COVID-19 in the Bailiwick. We all saw how quickly our lives changed in wave 2 of the pandemic when a highly transmissible variant of the virus (the Kent variant) required us to go into immediate lockdown. We will, if we need to, revise this Blueprint to ensure the safety of our community.

As a community we will need to continue to integrate the positive messages from COVID-19 into our post-pandemic lives. For example, respiratory and hand hygiene and the ‘stay at home’ message if you are unwell needs to become the norm. Basic hygiene and respiratory etiquette will reduce the transmission of ALL viruses, not just COVID-19.

The full blueprint document and a summary version can be found below.

Guernsey’s Exit from Lockdown

The Bailiwick of Guernsey went into its second lockdown on Saturday 23 January 2021. This was in response to the identification of four cases of COVID-19 within the community with no apparent direct link to a known case and no recent travel history.

Stage 1 of lockdown began on Monday 22 February 2021 across the Bailiwick.

Stage 2 of lockdown began on Monday 8 March 2021 in Guernsey, Sark moved to Stage 3 on Thursday 4th March and Alderney moved to Stage 3 on Tuesday 9th March. Guernsey then moved to Stage 3 of lockdown on Monday 22nd March 2021.

Given the significant effect of these restrictions on the community and economy, they must only be retained for as long as they are necessary and proportionate to the risk posed by COVID-19.

The Civil Contingencies Authority (CCA) has agreed a framework for exiting the current lockdown. This builds upon the Exit from Lockdown Framework that was used in 2020, incorporating lessons from the last lockdown and new factors and evidence. As a result, we are doing things differently this time and activities that can be undertaken won't directly align to what happened in 2020. 

The full framework document is available in the downloads section, but a summary is provided below.

Stages

COVID-19 contacts

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