June 26, 2022

First with the Alderney News

Limited resources and worries over number of visitors is behind refusal to move to seven day isolation

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Alderney is retaining the full 14 day isolation requirement for travellers entering the Island outside the Bailiwick because of its limited medical resources and a population already ‘nervous’ about the large number of visitors on Island.

From 17th August Guernsey and Sark will move to Phase 5B of the Exit from Lockdown where passengers entering the Bailiwick from Group B countries such as the UK, Ireland and France will be required to self isolate for seven days and then undergo a test. If they then test negative will be able to move to monitoring themselves for symptoms and adhering to certain precautions such as not entering a care home without prior arrangement with the manager.

The test has to be privately paid for and travellers can choose to isolate for 14 days instead. The number of people who can opt for the seven day self isolation will initially be capped at around 600 per day but that will increase as more resources become available.

The States of Alderney, led by advice by local medics, decided the Island would not progress to Phase 5B. Contrary to a statement made by Deputy Gavin St Pier at yesterday’s press conference, Alderney will not move to a seven day isolation on September 1st either, but will review the decision.

Mr Dent explained that Dr Sally Simmons, Clinical Director at the Island Medical Centre, had advised Alderney moving to Phase 5B at present because of the limited resources on Alderney and the larger number of people already on the Island in August.

Mr Dent said:

‘Besides the increase in risk, our Doctors saw a number of logistical and resource difficulties specific to Alderney. The situation in the UK is not improving in the manner originally hoped. We have a large number of visitors on-island and many people are already nervous.’

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