Organisers are continuing to work hard to ensure Guernsey is ready to host the NatWest International Island Games in 2021.
This week is ‘Dying Matters Awareness Week’, a national initiative with the aim to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life which we have marked in Guernsey for the last seven years.
Public Health Services is reminding those who are returning to the island that they must self-isolate for 14 days and that their self-isolation must be away from the rest of their household – even if they have chosen them to be in their ‘bubble’.
Journeys to the UK from within the Common Travel Area, including those from the Bailiwick of Guernsey, will be exempt from the new restrictions on people entering the UK announced by the Prime Minister.
The amount of time Islanders can spend outside of their house for exercise or recreational activities is being extended from 2 to 4 hours. The Committee for Health & Social Care have agreed to make this change, supported by advice from the Director for Public Health, as Guernsey reaches a sixth day without a new positive case of COVID-19.
Public Health Guernsey have issued guidance ahead of the Liberation Day weekend for those who are considering some form of celebration with neighbours or those outside their extended household bubbles.
The States of Guernsey has released its full ‘Exit from Lockdown’ Framework document, explaining how it intends to gradually relax the COVID-19 restrictions. The document also looks at what ‘triggers’ would allow the Bailiwick to move to the next phase of easing restrictions, or if necessary, return to a more strict set of lock down measures. It is hoped that by publishing this document in full, Islanders will have a clearer understanding of how the States intends to return safely to normality and the reasoning behind the various steps that will get the Bailiwick there.
The Social Investment Fund is inviting charitable groups in the Bailiwick to apply for funding from the COVID-19 Community Charity Appeal.
The Appeal has already raised over £123,000, with the aim of providing support to the local community through the voluntary sector in the short and medium term. The Social Investment Fund has set out criteria for charities which apply, and how it intends to prioritise the issuing of grants.
Planning applications need to be publicised in order for public representations on the proposal to be made however, on lockdown, publicity for planning applications which had started was suspended. In readiness for the lifting of restrictions, the D&PA has considered representations received and has agreed that publicity will need to be re-started rather than just completing the steps which remained at the point of lockdown. Therefore, following the lifting of lockdown, all affected applications will be subject to a further 21 day site notice period and be published or re-published in the Guernsey Press.