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Islanders told to stay at home for Good Friday scorcher

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ISLANDERS face their second major test under lockdown beginning tomorrow – Good Friday – with temperatures set to soar well into the 20s for the first time this year.

Police are again urging the public to do their duty and ‘stay home to save lives’ after a largely positive first week under the restrictions described as the most stringent the Island has faced since the Occupation.

The government say ‘everyone has a part to play’.

Lockdown is due to last until at least the end of the month in an effort to slow down the rate of Covid-19 infections. As of Tuesday, there had been 170 positive cases in Jersey. A total of 112 results were pending and there had been three deaths.

Forecasters are predicting the mercury could rise as high as 24°C tomorrow – eclipsing the 21.7°C recorded on Wednesday.

And high spring tides are also forecast this weekend. Tides are expected to be around 12 metres [39.3ft] at high tide at 9am and 11.7 [38.4ft] at 9.20pm tomorrow.

More unsettled weather is forecast for Saturday and Sunday, with temperatures dropping to the mid-teens. Some showers are expected.

Despite the temptation to go outside and enjoy the sun and the beach tomorrow, the police are urging the public to continue to adhere to lockdown orders.

Islanders are allowed outside of their homes for up to two hours a day for essential purposes including buying food, medical reasons, taking supplies to people in isolation or exercise on their own or with others from their household.

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Driving to exercise locations is permitted, but the journey time counts towards the two-hour period and the police have urged people to limit the amount of driving they do as much as possible.

To date, four people have been handed fines – between £300 and £500 – for repeatedly flouting lockdown rules. Scores of Islanders have been given words of advice and the honorary police broke up several house parties last weekend.

A States police spokesperson said: ‘We’re extremely thankful for the co-operation of the public last weekend and hope that all Islanders will approach the Easter weekend in the same way.

‘The stay-home order is so important and will save lives. We will continue to engage with people, explain the importance of the stay-at-home orders, encourage them to follow the rules and, as a last resort, use enforcement powers at our disposal.’

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The police have asked Islanders not to call them if they see people appearing to flout lockdown rules due to a high number calls received so far. Instead, Islanders are urged to call the coronavirus hotline on 445566 or email not isolating@gov.je.

Those with symptoms of Covid-19 are also urged to contact the helpline.

Symptoms include: headache, tiredness, muscle aches, sore throat, blocked or runny nose, gastro-intestinal symptoms, loss of smell and taste (in some cases this may be the only symptom present).

Jack Maguire

By Jack Maguire
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