September 25, 2022

First with the Alderney News

UK travel without mandatory isolation could be introduced from September 1st – depending on their infection rates

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The criteria for future travel to and from the UK without mandatory self isolation have been set out by the States of Guernsey

Travel to and from the UK without the need to isolate on return could commence on 1st September if key disease control criteria are met, the Civil Contingencies Authority announced today.

The key to removing travel restrictions will be how well the UK manages to reduce and suppress infection.

The criteria for lifting restrictions is detailed on a page called ‘The Pathway to Phase 6 on the States of Guernsey website.

It says:

‘To enable safe travel into and out of the Bailiwick we will need to
monitor the COVID-19 activity of our near neighbours – in particular the
UK. It is unlikely that this will commence before late summer or early
autumn 2020.

‘The key trigger to enable travel from the UK with no self-isolation
requirements will come from the Office of National Statistics (ONS)
and any other identified data sources. The Public Health target is a
prevalence of 1 in 5000 or less on two consecutive points in time with
the anticipated implementation of changes on the first of September if
these criteria are met.

‘At the same time as we analyse the ONS data, we will align their data
with the information gathered during the testing on day 7 pilot and the
air bridge to the Isle of Man.

‘Additional mitigation to opening the borders could be testing for
the virus at specified time-points with any period of self-isolation (if
required) kept to an absolute minimum.’

According to the latest available data on the ONS website an average of 1 in 3,900 individuals within the community population in England had COVID-19 at any given time between 22 June and 5 July 2020.

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