'Hospitality circuit breaker' and other 'significant' Covid-19 measures due to be announced tonight

FURTHER measures designed to combat a spike in Covid cases – including a 'hospitality circuit breaker' – are due to be announced by ministers tonight [2 December].

Chief Minister John Le Fondré (29738443)
Chief Minister John Le Fondré (29738443)

Chief Minister John Le Fondré told States Members this morning that further work had been done in recent days and passed to ministers late on Tuesday night and a public press conference was now to due to take place at 7pm on Wednesday.

He said the plan at this stage was to keep schools open but he did say that there would be further advice for over 70s to limit their social contact with others.

The government has issued updated guidance for high risk Islanders, including recommendations to:

• Work from home wherever possible

• Avoid indoor activities which take place outside their home

• Choose a small number of family or friends from outside of their household, that they choose not to maintain physical distancing with. This should be the same, small consistent group.

• Maintain a 2m distance from people outside their household wherever possible, other than this small consistent group.

• Avoid visits to other people’s homes, and limit having visitors into their own home, unless it is for delivering care or other essential services

A post on the government's social media pages has since revealed that there is to be a 'hospitality circuit breaker' alongside other 'significant' measures. However, no explanation has so far been given as to what these may mean.

The announcement follows the biggest daily rise in cases since the pandemic began, with 42 new cases reported yesterday. There are currently 278 active Covid-19 cases in Jersey - a significant jump since last week.

The Chief Minister said there had been further work on the escalating situation in Jersey in recent days. Increased measures were announced on Monday, including working from home where you can.

'The results of that work were reported late last night and we have considered it this morning and will be making a further announcement at a press conference this evening and briefing States Members,' he said.

He added: 'Our intention at this stage is to keep the schools open as far as it is possible and that remains the case today. But we do have to be mindful of what is happening with numbers.'

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