Guernsey will reduce its requirement for isolation for travellers re-entering the Bailiwick from 14 days to seven, from Monday 17th August.
The Alderney element of the Bailiwick Civil Contingency Authority has for the time being decided to retain the requirement to self isolate for 14 days.
This new 5B stage of Exit from Lockdown will allow passengers travelling into the Bailiwick from a Group B country able to self-isolate for 7 days then take a test Covid 19 test. If they test negative they will move to ‘passive follow up’ – meaning they report any symptoms consistent with Covid 19 and if experienced return to self isolation and arrange for a follow up test.
Sark will also progress to this stage.
Group B countries currently include the UK – although some areas are categorised as Group A – France, Germany, Jersey, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
According to a press release issued by the Committee for Health and Social Care: ‘Alderney will not be taking part in this Phase 5b arrangement but have indicated that they will review their decision at the beginning of September.’
It underlined that ‘passengers returning to Alderney from outside the Bailiwick will still need to self-isolate for 14 days’.
The Alderney representative on the Civil Contingency Authority is James Dent, chairman of the Policy and Finance Committee.
Mr Dent was not contactable today to offer any insight into why the States of Alderney had delayed the introduction of self isolation requirements.