The exit from lockdown framework is designed to reduce, as far as possible, the transmission of COVID-19 within the community by reducing contact between households with the view of:
- Reducing the risk of COVID-19 related mortality, and
- Protecting limited health and care infrastructure most significantly intensive care capacity.
Consideration also needs to be given to minimising, as far as possible, the economic and social impacts caused by the lockdown restrictions. Therefore in the context of exiting from lockdown, the objectives are threefold:
- To open up the economy as quickly and safely as possible prioritising those businesses that are not able to work remotely; and
- To do so in a way which contains the virus to the extent necessary to protect the limited health and care infrastructure thereby reducing the risk of COVID-19 mortality and the longer-term impacts on those infected;
- To ensure that any steps taken to achieve the above are evidence-based and proportionate to the risks posed.
Easing lockdown will take place on a staged basis, increasing the number of businesses allowed to operate and the social, cultural and recreational activities permitted as the Bailiwick’s circumstances change. The stages are
- Full Lockdown – 23rd January 2021 to 22nd February, 2021
- Recovery Stage 1: Resumption of low risk activities – 22nd February, 2021
- Recovery Stage 2: Resumption of medium risk activities – TBC
- Recovery Stage 3: Resumption of all on-island activities – TBC
At each stage, the emphasis will be on mitigating the risk of virus transmission increasing to a level which would be unmanageable in the Bailiwick context.
This means that the first steps taken will be to allow the resumption of low risk activities; that is activities which are not considered to significantly increase transmission levels. Higher risk activities would be able to resume once those certain public health indicators that give an indication of risk in the wider community are met.