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COVID-19 updates

5:12pm - 4 April

Overseas Aid and Development Commission returns £1m to support local coronavirus response

The Overseas Aid and Development Commission (OA&DC) has agreed to provide additional support to the States of Guernsey’s coronavirus response.

The Large Grants and Small Grants programmes for 2021 projects are being suspended, and the OA&DC is discussing with charities it supports, how much of their planned 2020 overseas work is affected by coronavirus restrictions in place in other countries.

The OA&DC anticipates this will mean at least £1m of the 2020 budget will be unspent and can be returned to General Revenue to support the States’ coronavirus response.

Read the media release.

4:30pm - 4 April

Next Media Briefing

The next media briefing will be held at 1pm on Tuesday 28th March 2020.

12:00pm - 3 April

Looking after your mental health

Staying at home will be difficult, but this is to protect yourself and also other members of the community. When we remove our day-to-day contact with other people, we reduce the spread of the infection. We understand that for some people, staying at home for long periods of time can be boring or frustrating. You may find your mood and feelings being affected and you may feel low, worried or have problems sleeping. You may also feel isolated and alone, but we are here for you. There are a number of services and organisations available to help and support you and there are details of some on this page. It is also to remember that it is okay to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently.

There are some things you can do that may help, such as staying in touch with friends and relatives on the phone or by social media. Some people have found it useful to re-connect with a hobby or learn a new skill through an online course. There are also lots of resources you can use to keep you well during your time at home. More information is available at on our mental health support page.

5:12pm - 1 April

Community Monitoring Tool now available - 1 April 2020

In order to understand how the community are feeling and what challenges you are facing, we have created an online voluntary form. When completing this form, you will be asked questions regarding your current circumstances and whether you require any additional information or support. If you do require additional information, we will endeavour to provide this to you as quickly as possible. The information collated will also be used to match the needs of the community with coronavirus related services and support.

To find out how we collect and store your data safely and securely, please see our fair processing notice.

5:12pm - 30 March

Domestic abuse - physical, emotional, financial, sexual or psychological

Domestic abuse in any form will not be tolerated. Law Enforcement Officers will continue to take robust positive action. has produced a guide for victims and survivors of domestic abuse in Guernsey, Alderney and Sark during lockdown due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse you are not alone - Safer can help you. The information can be found on our domestic abuse support page.

An app called Hollie Guard will turn your smart phone into a safety device which can be activated by shaking it, sending your location to designated contacts. The app can be downloaded from app stores.

5:12pm - 24 March

Media briefing - 24 March 2020

Following the advice of the Director of Public Health, the Civil Contingencies Authority has made further emergency regulations requiring strict new measures in the Bailiwick from 00:01 on Wednesday 25 March. This decision has been made based on the number of positive cases of COVID-19 on the Island, the testing protocol due to laboratory capacity in the UK and the identification of the first case of community transmission (community seeding).

As of 14:00 on Wednesday 25 March, there were 23 positive results, 286 negative results with 89 results outstanding. The single most important action we can now take as a community in fighting the coronavirus is to stay at home in order to protect our Island and our medical infrastructure and save lives.

There strict measures will be put in place initially for 14 days (until 8 April) and include:

  1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
  2. Closing non-essential shops and community spaces
  3. Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public

Every Islander must comply with these new measures. The relevant authorities, including the police, will be given the powers to enforce them - including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

These measures will be reviewed in 14 days (8th April), and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible. Guidance on staying at home and away from others is now available.

Guidance on shielding is also available and this is for people, including children, who are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) because of an underlying health condition, and for their family, friends and carers.

8:00am - 23 January

Events and gatherings should be immediately cancelled following new positive cases

4 new positive cases of COVID-19 were confirmed yesterday evening in Guernsey. There is concern that it is not immediately clear how these 4 individuals contracted the virus, as none are directly from travel or the contacts of known cases or travellers. Contract tracing is continuing to determine whether there is a link between the cases and whether these cases are linked or this is as a result of wider community seeding.

All Islanders are advised to adopt social distancing measures.

The CCA will be holding an urgent live COVID-19 Press Briefing at 12noon today. 

Read the media release

3:35pm - 5 January

Statement on exams following national lockdown announcement by UK Goverment

Laurie Baker, Strategic Education Advisor to the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture, has given a statement on 2021 exams following the national lockdown announcement by the UK Government. 

Read the statement.