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COVID-19 updates

8:00pm - 28 January

Media Briefing - Monday 1st February at 12:30pm

The next media briefing will take place on Monday 1st February at 12:30pm.

It will be live streamed on the homepage of this website and on our facebook page (

3:30pm - 27 January

Distance learning guidance sent to parents to explain high-quality programme

Parents will today receive a guidance document direct from their child’s school explaining how its distance learning programme will work.

The guidance aims to answers questions parents might have and explain how schools and the College of Further Education will best support students at this time. Staff have worked incredibly hard to produce a quality distance learning programme across more than 20 education settings.

Read the media release

5:15pm - 26 January

Payroll co-funding scheme and hardship fund reinstated

The Policy & Resources Committee today agreed to reinstate the payroll co-funding scheme to support businesses not able to trade during the second lockdown, and the hardship fund for individuals facing financial difficulties as a result of the lockdown.

The list of eligible sectors is based on that used in the early part of the first lockdown and is intended to capture sectors where trade will be heavily restricted during this period.  Eligible businesses will be able to apply from the 1st February in order to claim for the period commencing 23rd January.

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4:35pm - 26 January

Schools, colleges and early years providers closed to ALL students for rest of this week

Schools, colleges and early years providers closed to ALL students for rest of this week

Schools, colleges and early years providers (pre-schools, nurseries and child-minders) will remain closed to ALL students for the rest of this week.

The decision to close education sites to all students – including vulnerable students and children of essential workers – for the rest of this week will help support our principle objective to stop the rapid transmission of COVID-19.

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2:25pm - 26 January

States of Guernsey customer services from 25 January 2021

States of Guernsey customer services returned to a remote service on Monday 25 January until further notice following the Civil Contingencies Authority (CCA) decision for an immediate lockdown.

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6:10pm - 25 January

Parents receive advice, reassurance and information on cases direct from schools

Parents received advice from their child’s school this morning to reassure them following confirmation of COVID-19 cases across seven education settings.  
Headteachers wrote to parents to provide information relevant to their school’s current circumstances and also offer guidance aimed at supporting Public Health’s efforts to contact trace and test any students and staff that is considers necessary.

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4:10pm - 25 January

Testing tent extended

The drive through testing centre at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital nearly doubled in size last night.  
Between 11 pm last night and 3 am this morning, the Estates Team provided the swabbing teams with an additional 4.5 metres of capacity by extending the testing tent. This will allow 4 cars to be undercover at any one time and the flow through the tent will be more efficient.

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1:00pm - 25 January

Guidance on who, how and when to contact COVID-19 services

Many services working on our COVID-19 response experiencing high numbers of calls and emails.

To help ensure our professionals are able to work, please only contact the relevant service for your circumstances.

Read the media release.

5:45pm - 24 January

Schools, colleges and early years providers closed to ALL students after cases confirmed in seven education settings

Due to the number of confirmed staff and student cases of COVID-19, the Director of Public Health has closed schools, colleges and early years providers (pre-schools, nurseries and child-minders) to ALL students for the next two days.

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4:30pm - 24 January

Changes to bus services from 25 January

An ‘enhanced Sunday’ bus service will be operated Monday - Friday from Monday 25 January until further notice. A normal Sunday service will run on weekends. Night bus services have been suspended until further notice. 

Read the media release.