October 3, 2022

First with the Alderney News

Financial help to be rolled out; elective surgery put on hold for next week

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Civil Contingencies Authority Advisor Deputy Heidi Soulsby

Businesses and self employed people will again be eligible for payroll co-funding during the new lockdown.

Civil Contingencies Authority Advisor Heidi Soulsby said access to a hardship fund would also be available for those not entitled to other financial benefits.

Deputy Soulsby said the arrangement would mirror the one rolled out during last year’s lockdown. The first claim date – for days of work missed since lockdown was announced – will be February 1st.

Employees are permitted to go to their office to collect equipment to work from home provided they do not come into direct contact with colleagues.

Elective surgery is being postponed until the end of the week and the situation will be kept under review. Urgent surgery will still be carried out.

During today’s press briefing Deputy Soulsby also fielded questions regarding exercise during lockdown.

She said one person could take their daily exercise with another person or household providing they observe social distancing and people can drive to a place of exercise – for example the beach. The type of exercise was of lesser importance than observing the practice of keeping away from others as much as possible, she said. No household ‘bubbles’ are yet permitted.

Children whose custody is shared between separated parents are permitted to travel between the two households.

Care homes and hospitals are closed to visitors except for end of life visits.

Funerals are permitted with attendance capped at 10 people; all must socially distance.

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