The Civil Contingencies Authority (CCA) has confirmed that Alderney will move to Stage Three on Tuesday March 9th.
From that date the Island can enjoy social and work freedom without social distancing and the school can return to normal. Face coverings and masks will no longer be a legal requirement although some people may wish to remain cautious in indoor public areas.
The 14-day self-isolation rule remains in place for anyone arriving from Guernsey although there are variations to this that may be granted for critical workers, those undergoing medical treatment, and on compassionate grounds.
This early move to the next stage has been possible because of the low risk of the introduction or spread of COVID-19 to the community.
“We will be in an ‘Alderney open bubble’ with restrictions on travel into the island still in place,” said Alderney’s representative on the CCA, Bill Abel, who was interviewed on QUAY-FM 107.1 on Monday morning.
“It allows Islanders to once again enjoy our pubs, cafés and restaurants without restrictions and for retailers and businesses to return to normal.
However, we must remain vigilant and immediately report any symptoms as we do not want to undo all the hard work that has been put into controlling the outbreak over the past few weeks.”
Guernsey is expected to enter Stage Two on March 8th while Sark entered Stage Three on Thursday March 4th . For information on lockdown exit, symptoms, vaccinations and business support, visit https://covid19.gov.gg/guidance.