Alderney will be following the same lockdown protocol as Guernsey for the coming days.
Chief Minister Peter Ferbrache said Alderney’s government would work with Guernsey on any tailoring of the guidance – with lockdown powers shortly to be ratified in law – but for time being any edicts issued in the media briefing will cover both the islands.
Alderney’s Covid 19 taskforce is led by the chairman of the Policy and Finance Committee, Dr Sally Simmons, Clinical Director of the Island Medical Centre and the acting Chief Executive Officer, Richard Naish.
William Tate, President of the States of Alderney, acted as liaison between the States and the public last year.
Mr Tate, who was staycationing in Guernsey when news of the lockdown was broke, said:
‘We have always been aware that this situation may occur and we are prepared. Until the source is identified we should all act with maximum caution, remain calm and follow the guidance which has served us so well over the past year.
‘For now we will be following the lead from Guernsey and taking any Alderney-centric issues through the normal channels.
‘By Monday we should have a clearer picture.’
On Alderney, shops, clubs and societies and medical services were making arrangements for lockdown.
The Island Medical Centre assured patients that all Covid 19 vaccinations would still go ahead and that Wednesday appointments were being brought forward.
IMC office manager Tracy Jean said: ‘If you have a Covid vaccination booked for Sunday 24th January it will go ahead as planned.
‘We are also inviting those booked for Wednesday 27th January to come along from 2pm onwards tomorrow and we will work late to get everybody due to be vaccinated done as soon as possible
‘Please, arrive wearing a mask, short sleeves and be ready to have your temperature taken on the door.
‘It goes without saying that if you are feeling unwell with Covid symptoms please do NOT come to the IMC.’
Island deliveries by boat will be made as usual.
The Farm Shop and Jean’s Stores will remain open and will not be offering the delivery service carried out last time during lockdown. They urged friends and relatives of anyone shielding to help them out by doing their shopping.
Manager Hannah Benfield said Jean’s Stores and the Farm Shop would provide a safe environment to visit.
‘We are not closing either of our stores, because of this we cannot provide the delivery service we did previously.
‘We are asking people to help out elderly relatives or those who are vulnerable or those who are unable to come shopping themselves and we are providing a perfectly safe environment for anybody to come shopping.
‘Social distancing measures have been re-implemented. There is one door for entry and one for exit, which will allow us to control numbers coming into the store. Only one person per household should do the shopping at a time. We also ask people to wear masks where possible. Card payments are preferred.’
The Alderney Centre is waiting for further guidance as to how it can serve customers during lockdown.
Restaurants and pubs are closed and take-aways and meal deliveries are not permitted.
Clubs meanwhile cancelled upcoming events such as football matches, the AWT volunteer session and a Cancer Research puddle jumping photocall. Burns Night celebrations were also called off.
The Sailing Club closed its doors and urged anyone was at the clubhouse on Friday night, socialising with members who had just returned from Guernsey, to be vigilant for any Covid symptoms.