Investigations into two large parties ongoing

POLICE are continuing investigations into two large parties that took place over the bank holiday weekend in August.

One of the parties was allegedly held at Resistance Nest L'Oeillère, a bunker near La Pulente (29214124)
One of the parties was allegedly held at Resistance Nest L'Oeillère, a bunker near La Pulente (29214124)

The parties, which were held at La Pulente and near the Watersplash, may have been in breach of Covid-19 legislation, which restricts large gatherings.

The parties prompted medical officer of health Dr Susan Turnbull to warn that such events could ‘set back all the progress we’ve made so far in keeping Covid-19 under good control’.

Meanwhile, officers from the Health and Safety Inspectorate have also spoken to a number of establishments and individuals in the past four weeks, which has led to some events being adapted to comply with guidelines or, in some cases, cancelled.

Currently, up to 20 people can meet for informal gatherings, although a maximum number of 40 attendees is allowed provided they can prove they can meet relevant guidelines. Everyone attending informal gatherings should follow general public health measures, including keeping one-metre distance from those outside their household.

Tammy Fage, director of health and safety, said: ‘It cannot be stressed strongly enough that the reason behind the guidance is to protect against potential Covid-19 infections. Please seek advice if you are unsure how the guidance fits with your event. The government wants to do everything it can to support individuals and businesses to put on their events – we would much prefer to provide you with advice to ensure that your party runs safely rather than forcing you to stop your party.’

Regulations approved by the States earlier this year state that events can be considered a ‘statutory nuisance’ if it could result in a Covid-19 infection due to its size. Under this law, an abatement notice can be served and if this notice is breached the offence may be prosecuted. The maximum fine under this law is £10,000.

Anyone who is due to host an event and is unsure of the rules can seek advice by emailing workplacecovid@gov.je and anyone concerned that an event is not complying with the Covid-19 rules can report it to the same email address.

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