June 25, 2022

First with the Alderney News

Lone traders can work from tomorrow and support bubbles can form

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Lone workers can return to their occupations tomorrow, provided they do not come into contact with anyone else, and single people can form support bubbles.

Chief Minister Peter Ferbrache outlined the two preliminary measures ahead of the official move to stage one of three phases to move out of the current lockdown, which could take place in a week’s time.

From tomorrow, Thursday 11th February, lone workers who are not considered essential workers, can return to their office or workshop, and outdoor workers like gardeners, builders and home maintenance professionals can return to work.

He and Deputy Heidi Soulsby stressed that those people could only return to work if the strict principle that they did not come into contact with colleagues or the public.

It means non-essential retailers can fulfill and deliver or dispatch orders received online as long as they can undertake work without any contact with other individuals, whether colleagues, customers or clients.

Support bubbles can also form between two households for psycho-social reasons.

A household with one adult living alone or one adult with one or more children under 18 can form a bubble with another household, as can a household with a single adult carer and a person or people who are being cared for, or one where there  is a child under the age of one, regardless of how may other adults are in the home. An individual can also move to another household to support their physical and mental wellbeing.

From Saturday, subject to some exemptions, it will be mandatory to wear face masks in indoor public spaces.

The exit from lockdown framework reflects that of the one followed last year but comprises just three phases.

Modelling shows how cases have decreased thanks to ongoing lockdown measures compared to if less emphatic action was taken

The earliest the Bailiwick can move to Recovery Stage One is next Thursday, 18th February.

It depends on no new clusters of cases being identified or individual cases being discovered that cannot be controlled by Track and Trace.

The Civil Contingencies Authority will meet early next week to decide whether Recovery Stage 1 can be rolled out.

The earliest potential date for the Bailiwick to enter Recovery Stage 1 is Thursday 18th February. 

Within this stage, two households will be able to bubble and outdoor gatherings of up to 5 people, maintaining a minimum of 2m social distance, can take place.

Non-public facing work places will be able to operate with:

  • Up to 10 members of staff for outdoor sites
  • Up to 5 members of staff for indoor sites where the work cannot be done remotely

Social distancing must be observed and sufficient handwashing facilities provided. 

Deliveries and takeaways are able to operate within the parameters and requirements of this stage.

This includes but is not limited to, finance, legal and professional services including property transactions, ICT and communications, bulk mailing and fulfilment, light manufacturing, catering, non-essential retail where goods can be sold online and delivered, construction with strict limit/conditions on non-resident workers, marine, motor vehicle and other repairs.

There will be a requirement on businesses to notify the States of Guernsey of their intention to operate and to maintain records, demonstrating that they are working to a clear method statement.

Criteria for moving to the next stage:

  • No new clusters of infections or individual cases of infection that cannot be controlled by ‘Test, Track and Isolate’;
  • Adequate hospital, primary care, community and emergency service capacity;
  • Continued local testing;
  • Surveillance programme;
  • Continued roll-out of vaccine;
  • Public adherence

Deputy Ferbrache said it was in the gift of the Alderney government to vary restrictions on the Island, where there is still just one non community case.

For example, Alderney can if it chooses, and with CCA ratification, choose to move through the recovery phases more quickly than Guernsey.

He said:

‘We were discussion this with Alderney yesterday, it is absolutely something that can happen.’

For more information on the exit framework visit

https://covid19.gov.gg/guidance

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