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Lockdown update - 22 March 2021

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.

This page was last updated on 22 March 2021 at 15:45hrs.

The Bailiwick of Guernsey is now in stage 3 of lockdown. Recovery Stage 3 sees a return to a normal level of activity within the Bailiwick, with social, recreation and business activity able to take place.

There will be no requirement for social distancing or face coverings however this will continue to be recommended for vulnerable individuals.

Schools and education

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

Vaccinations

The Community Vaccination Centre opened on Monday 25 January, at Beau Sejour 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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