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Lockdown update - 8 March 2021

As of Monday 8 March 2021, the Bailiwick is in stage 2 of lockdown.

Guidance for stage 2 is now available at: https://covid19.gov.gg/guidance/stagetwo.

This page was last updated on 8 March 2021 at 08:00hrs.

The Bailiwick of Guernsey is now in stage 2 of lockdown. This means that: 

  • Gatherings of 30 people outdoors and 20 people indoors are permitted in public places. You must remain socially distanced from anyone outside of your bubbles. Gatherings with people outside of your bubbles should not take place inside your home or garden.
  • Public facing businesses can operate – with the exception of nightclubs – subject to following Public Health guidance.
  • Restaurants, pubs, hotels and other food establishments can operate with table service only (food must be served and not only alcohol).
  • Bubbles have been extended which means that a 'bubble' made up of 2 households can join with another 'bubble' which is also made up of 2 households. What this means is that a total of 4 households can mix and this is an exclusive bubble for Stage 2.
  • Recreational time is now unlimited. 
  • Businesses are required to maintain records, demonstrating that they are working to a clear method statement.
  • No public singing, or playing of woodwind and brass instruments can take place.

Recreational time

The amount of time you can spend outside for recreation is now unlimited. You can use your time for any activity that helps you keep fit and well, as well as for outdoor gatherings within the conditions. For more information on recreational activities, including exercise, please go to https://covid19.gov.gg/guidance/recreation.

Bubbles

All households can now form a "double bubble". This means that a grand total of 4 households can be bubbled. This must include the household already bubbled with in stage 1. Face coverings and social distancing are not required within bubbles at home.

Outdoor Gatherings

If you are gathering with anyone who is not in your bubble, outdoor gatherings will be limited to 30 people. If you are gathering with anyone who is not in your bubble you must maintain 2m social distancing and you are strongly advised to wear face coverings. Outdoor gatherings with anyone who is not in your bubble must not take place in private gardens. Babies and children count towards the limit of 30 people.

If you are gathering only with those within your bubble you do not have to maintain social distancing, but you are strongly advised to wear face coverings. For more information on face coverings, please go to https://covid19.gov.gg/guidance/facecoverings.

Workplaces

Public facing workplaces can now operate. This means that more shops, restaurants and other places can now open provided they adhere to the following:

  • 2m social distancing is maintained;
  • Sufficient handwashing facilities are provided; and
  • Adherence to mandatory requirements and recommendations for wearing of face coverings is maintained;
  • Restaurants, pubs, hotels and other food establishments will be able to operate with table service only (food must be served and not only alcohol);
  • Businesses will be required to maintain records, demonstrating that they are working to a clear method statement.

Businesses are required to notify the States of their intention to operate and to maintain records, demonstrating that they are working to a clear method statement. Businesses must notify the States through this link: https://gov.gg/covid19businessnotification

Businesses will provide their details through the link and will have to self-declare that they understand and will adhere to the Public Health regulations and guidelines that apply in Stage 2.  Once a notification has been made, the business can start operating under the new guidance.  Businesses do not need to wait for confirmation after completing the online form as the form itself is the self-declaration of compliance.

The Office of Environmental Health and Pollution Regulation will be coordinating compliance checks.

Businesses are expected to operate responsibly in the interests of the community as a whole, with a particular emphasis on ensuring all individuals displaying symptoms, however mild, stay at home.

For a check list for businesses considering operating under stage 2 and specific guidance for different types of businesses, please go to https://covid19.gov.gg/guidance/business/operate.

If a business registered to operate in stage 1, they do not need to register again for stage 2.

Schools and education

Schools, colleges and early years providers (pre-schools, nurseries and child-minders) are now able to open as of Monday 8 March 2021. For more information, please go to https://covid19.gov.gg/guidance/education.

Childcare

Childminders are able to operate in Stage 2.

The following applies to childminders:

  • There are Guernsey Minimum Standards for Childminders which must be adhered to.
  • Childminders are required to complete a COVID risk assessment form and a risk benefit assessment checklist which will be checked and approved by the States Early Years Team.
  • Childminders are not required to notify the States of Guernsey, as a business, of their intention to operate and to maintain records, as this will be covered by completing the risk assessment and checklist.

By definition you are a childminder if you work out of your own home and a nanny if you work out of the family’s home. Childminders are required by law to register with the States Early Years Team. Please contact SEYT@gov.gg for any support and guidance.

Parents need to accept that there is a risk, albeit low, that infection with SARS-CoV-2 could occur with these lockdown easing measures.

Shared custody of children

It is important that children feel secure during lockdown, and sticking to a routine is important. If children currently split their time between the households of both parents then this should continue provided it is safe to do so. Families will need to consider any possible risk for more vulnerable family members. 

If shared custody arrangements cannot be maintained during lockdown because, for example, one parent is a front line healthcare worker and could present a COVID risk to family members, alternative methods of keeping in touch should be used such as Facetime or Zoom.

Vaccinations

The Community Vaccination Centre opened on Monday 25 January, at Beau Sejour, as planned so please attend your appointment if you have one booked. For more information, please go to https://covid19.gov.gg/guidance/vaccine.

COVID-19 Symptoms

Please continue to be extra vigilant for any symptoms of COVID-19. These are:

  • Tiredness, new and severe fatigue (recent onset)
  • Aches and pains, new muscle ache for no obvious reason (recent onset)
  • Headache (sinus pain, pain around eyes)
  • Conjunctivitis (itchy, watery, painful or pink eye(s)
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Fever (high temperature, rigors, chills, can’t get warm)
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Dry cough (Continuous new cough)
  • Diarrhoea
  • Children and Over 80s – loose stool, mild fever, not themselves with a cough presenting later
  • A rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes (seek urgent medical advice)
  • Chest pain or pressure, shortness of breath, chest tightness (phone the emergency services on 999)
  • Loss of speech or movement (phone the emergency services on 999)

If you do start to experience any symptoms, no matter how mild, please contact the Clinical Helpline by calling 01481 756938 or 01481 756969.

If you feel very unwell, phone 999 and tell the operator of your symptoms. Please do not visit your GP or the Emergency Department at the hospital unannounced.

More information about the symptoms and how you can treat symptoms at home is available at: https://covid19.gov.gg/guidance/symptoms.

Exit from lockdown framework

The framework for exiting the current lockdown has been agreed. 

For more information and to view the full framework, please go to: https://covid19.gov.gg/guidance/exit.

Self-isolation scenarios

We have received a number of questions from people who are still unsure if they need to self-isolate and how long for. 

We appreciate that there are lots of different circumstances with some being more complex than others, and this can make things confusing. 

In light of this we have updated and widened the below guidance. 

1) If you are showing symptoms, however mild, you must self-isolate immediately and call the Clinical Helpline on 01481 756938 or 01481 756969 so that a test can be arranged.

Individuals who have been identified as a contact by the Contact Tracing Team and have been tested will need to self-isolate for 14 days from the last contact with the positive case even if the test is negative. 

If you have not been contact traced, or do not fall into one of the other scenarios, you can leave isolation on receipt of a negative result.

This requirement to self-isolate also applies to all that choose to self-isolate as a household.

2) If you have been living or working with someone who has symptoms and who is waiting for a test, stay at home until you know that they have had a negative test.

If you are considered to be an essential worker, contact your line manager.

Contact the Clinical Helpline on 01481 756938 or 01481 756969 if symptoms develop.

This requirement to self-isolate also applies to all that choose to self-isolate as a household.

3) If you have had no known exposure to COVID-19 follow the rules and stay at home unless for one of the identified essential reasons.

4) If you have been told by the Contact Tracing Team to self-isolate, or you have received a letter saying that you need to self-isolate, go into self-isolation and follow the instructions provided by Public Health. This is mandatory self-isolation.

5) If you have recently travelled back to the Bailiwick you are also required to self-isolate. All countries and regions are classified as Category 4, and therefore you must self-isolate until you have received a negative result from a Day 1 and a Day 13 test. If you decline a Day 1 and a Day 13 test, you will have to self-isolate for 21 days. Those who choose to self-isolate with someone who has travelled to the Bailiwick will also need to adhere to the same requirement. 

If you are self-isolating with other people in your household following travel, you will need to complete an online form which can be found at www.gov.gg/isolatetogether. This is to ensure that everyone is registered and offered a day 13 test. 

Open Letter from the Chair of the Civil Contingencies Authority

Deputy Ferbrache, Chair of the Civil Contingencies Authority, issued an Open Letter to the Bailiwick as we came to the end of week one of Lockdown 2.0. You can read it here

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