New Covid restrictions

NEW restrictions to limit the spread of coronavirus came into force at 2am yesterday.

Weighbridge Square. French Market. NO NAMES                                                            Picture: ROB CURRIE. (29660451)
Weighbridge Square. French Market. NO NAMES Picture: ROB CURRIE. (29660451)

All hospitality venues are now required to call ‘time’ at 10pm and close by 10.30pm. And the maximum number of people allowed at indoor events has halved, with informal gatherings now restricted to ten, organised events have been limited to 20 and funerals to 40.

The stronger measures were unveiled by ministers at a briefing on Monday in light of spikes in ‘unknown source’ cases and multiple clusters of infections.

As of Tuesday, secondary-school teachers have also been required to wear masks or visors, and pupils in Year 11 and above required to wear masks in communal indoor areas. Other new measures include a renewed focus on testing for care home residents and visitors; more staff to bolster test-and-trace efforts; and triple-testing for arriving passengers and the direct contacts of any Covid-positive cases, with tests on days zero, five and ten.

Following the new restrictions, Jersey Youth Service have also announced the following changes to their youth clubs around the Island. From yesterday, Junior Youth Club nights – which work with primary-school-age children – have reduced numbers from 40 children and ten staff to 25 children and five staff.

Youth club nights – Year 7 and above – have reduced from 40 young people and ten staff to a maximum of 20 young people, staff and volunteers. Islanders are asked to look out for information from their relevant clubs, many of which are introducing a ticketing system using Eventbrite.

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