All pubs, bars and restaurants are ordered to shut for a month in Jersey in ‘hospitality circuit breaker’ over Christmas after surge in coronavirus cases
- Pubs, bars and restaurants Jersey are to be plunged into a month-long lockdown
- Chief Minister John Le Fondre warned rise in Covid poses a risk to islanders lives
- Shops can stay open, but indoor sport and fitness classes and gyms must close
Pubs, bars and restaurants in Jersey are to be plunged into a month-long lockdown amid a spike in coronavirus cases.
Chief Minister John Le Fondre last night announced a ‘hospitality circuit breaker’ in a bid to quell the rising cases on the island, where the R number stands between 1.6 and 2.0.
Senator Le Fondre warned the rise in cases poses, ‘a real and immediate risk to health services… and islanders’ lives’.
He added Jersey, ‘now stands at an important crossroads in our pandemic response’.
The hospitality circuit-breaker will begin on Friday at 00:01am and will require all hospitality venues including pubs, restaurants, cafes and hotels, to close. Pictured, Halkett Street by St Helier Central Market in Jersey
The hospitality circuit-breaker will begin on Friday at 00:01am and will require all hospitality venues including pubs, restaurants, cafes and hotels, to close.
Under the raft of measures coming into force by the weekend, shops can remain open, but gyms and indoor sport and fitness classes must close.
Takeaways and delivery services will be allowed to continue and Senator Le Fondre has encouraged businesses ‘to innovate.’
Ministers say the draconian restrictions are likely to remain in place until January 4.
Senator Le Fondré added: ‘If we don’t take this action now, we could be facing more stringent restrictions.
‘However, we anticipate that these actions will, in the next two to three weeks, lead to a reduction in case numbers.
‘We must therefore take this action to protect both our population and our healthcare system.’
Chief Minister John Le Fondre last night announced a ‘hospitality circuit breaker’ in a bid to quell the rising cases on the island
The two-metre guidelines for shops and cafés on the island will be reintroduced, and people are warned they will be liable to prosecution if they refuse to move apart when asked to by an enforcement officer.
The Minister for Health and Social Services, Deputy Richard Renouf, said ministers had been given ‘sobering advice from our scientific and medical colleagues.’
He added: ‘We are convinced that this is the right approach. If these numbers continue to rise, we will need to open the Nightingale Ward.’
Ministers will set out the guidelines on household bubbles over Christmas over the next few days.
The El Tico restaurant in St Ouen’s Bay, where Ingram shared a pictured to her social media
Last month, a student was fined £6,600 after being caught breaching self-isolation rules by posting a picture of herself eating out on Instagram.
Carys Ann Ingram failed to quarantine on arrival to Jersey from Manchester, before visiting a restaurant, a friend’s house, and shopping.
She was seen in the seafront area of First Tower of the island and then at El Tico restaurant in St Ouen’s Bay, where she shared a pictured to her social media.
The 22-year-old was subsequently taken to court and hit with a fine.
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