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Guernsey residents say no to a CI travel bubble

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GUERNSEY residents are generally opposed to the idea of a Channel Islands travel bubble despite their Jersey counterparts showing enthusiasm for the proposal, a new survey has found.

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A total of 58% of Sarnians who completed a survey by polling firm Island Global Research said they did not want Guernsey to open its borders to Jersey, with just 19% saying they were in favour of doing so.

By contrast, 49% of respondents in Jersey welcomed the idea of a travel bubble with Guernsey, with 17% opposed to it.

The governments of Guernsey and the Isle of Man recently announced a quarantine-free travel link between the islands, while keeping borders closed to people from other jurisdictions. Jersey is not included in the link.

Both Jersey and Guernsey now have no known active cases of Covid-19. Jersey’s tally dropped to zero for the first time since before the lockdown this week, while Guernsey has not had a single positive case since the end of April.

The latest survey also indicated that Sarnians tended to feel that their government was doing a better job of steering their island through the crisis than Chief Minister John Le Fondré’s administration.

About 6% of respondents in Guernsey said that they disagreed with their government’s exit strategy, compared to 37% in Jersey.

Jersey residents were also asked whether they would like to form a travel bubble with the Isle of Man, which also has zero active cases and has been free of the virus since 20 May.

A total of 28% of respondents in Jersey backed having a Manx bubble, with 36% against it.

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The survey also indicated that recent government efforts to encourage Islanders to take a ‘staycation’ to help boost the local economy might be falling flat.

About 6% of Jersey residents said they had booked a staycation, while 70% said they had no intention of doing so.

The survey was undertaken in the week commencing 22 June and was completed by 1,340 residents in the Crown Dependencies, 454 in Jersey, 501 in Guernsey and 367 in the Isle of Man.

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