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Coronavirus: Travel Limited And Social Distancing For Over 65s

In a change to its earlier advice, Jersey's government is now telling us we should only travel in and out of the island if it is essential,to help contain the spread of coronavirus in Jersey.

Over 65s have to limit all close contact with people unless absolutely necessary, 

Anyone with flu-like symptoms must self-isolate for at least a week.

The advice is the opposite to that issued on Thursday, when the Chief Minister asked people to carry on as normal, which included going away on holiday.

The latest statement says:

"Dr Ivan Muscat, Deputy Medical Officer for Health, is recommending new measures from today (Saturday) to protect Islanders and significantly contain the number of potential Covid-19 cases as a result of updated modelling over the past 24 hours."

Islanders with a combination of fever, a cough, headaches and muscle aches should self-isolate for a minimum of seven days - whether they've recently travelled off-island or not and irrespective of whether they've been in contact with someone who's been diagnosed.

The new travel advice does not include key workers who need to travel to make sure services carry on running.

Over 65s have been told to stay at home 'as much as possible', to stay more than one metre away from others when not at home - and to avoid gatherings, events or public transport.

"Social distancing for over 65s who are not essential for the running of the Island’s services should they wish to continue carrying out their roles."

Dr. Muscat, says these new recommendations come into effect immediately.

"Social distancing is one of the most important things over 65s can do to protect themselves from coronavirus. Within our current model, this specific form of social distancing could save lives by up to 35% in this age group. It will also reduce the demand on the health service.

"At the same time, we must isolate all those with flu-like symptoms and minimise travel. This advice will help us slow down the virus in Jersey and save lives."

Over 65s who have to stay at home as much as possible can still get fresh air by, for example, gardening or dog walking along a quiet lane.

However, that is only if they don't come into close contact with others. It's different to self-isolating, as those people have to avoid any contact and remain in an isolated space to avoid transmitted the infection onto others.

Social distancing includes:

* No kissing, shaking hands and hugging with people from outside of the household.
* Vulnerable adults should avoid close contact with children and grandchildren in multi-generation households.
* Try to stay home as much as possible
* Avoid large public events and large crowds (sports and other organised activities).
* Keep a distance of 1 meter/3 feet from any person who is not in the household.
* Avoid public transport at peak hours unless essential.
* Work from home if possible.
* Avoid visiting other households.
* Avoid social gatherings in the home.
* If it's absolutely necessary to visit other households, make sure they are not displaying symptoms and keep a safe distance.

Guidelines on large gatherings and events are due to be updated on Monday (16 March).


 Coronavirus Advice

If you think you might have the virus, you should self-isolate and call the Health Department's coronavirus helpline:

01534 445566

It's open every day between 8am and 8pm. Calls outside these times, or when the line is engaged, won't be answered straight away - but we're told to leave a message and Health officials will call you back.

Please don't visit your GP or the Emergency Department at the General Hospital if you think you have the virus.

Self-isolation

Coronavirus symptoms are similar to that of the flu - a combination of a cough, fever and aching muscles. If you've had any symptoms, even if you haven't travelled abroad, we're being told to self-isolate until they clear up (for a minimum of seven days).

Anyone who has come into contact with a person confirmed to have the coronavirus should stay in self-isolation for at least 14 days.

As of Saturday 28th March, entire households should self-isolate immediately if anyone within that home shows symptoms of coronavirus.

Lockdown restrictions

Jersey's government has announced a phased approach to easing the island's lockdown restrictions. See what's changing below:

Level 4: Lockdown

Calendar date Until Sunday 10th May

Physical Distancing: Keep a two metre distance with people outside your home.

Leaving home: You can go out for up to four hours a day - but only for essential shopping, medical care and outdoor activities.

Gatherings: Household + 2. You can spend time outside with your household and up to two other people. Larger groups and going into others' homes are still not allowed.

Education: All schools and colleges remain closed.

Travel: On-island travel allowed, passenger ferries cancelled and flights only running to Southampton for medical/compassionate reasons or essential work.

Hospitality: Restaurants, bars, pubs and hotels have to stay closed.

Leisure: 'Non-essential' venues have to stay closed.

Retail: 'Essential' shops can remain open as long as physical distancing is maintained. 'Non-essential' shops have to stay closed.

Businesses: 'Essential' work is allowed, but employees should be working from home where possible. Up to two people can work and travel together, as long as physical distancing is maintained.

Level 3: Soft Lockdown

Calendar date Monday 11th May-Thursday 11th June

Physical Distancing: Keep a two metre distance with people outside your home.

Leaving home: Allowed out for up to six hours a day, but we're advised to stay at home as much as possible.

Gatherings: Household + 5. You can spend time outside with your household and up to five other people. Larger groups and going into others' homes are still not allowed.

Education: Schools gradually re-opening from Monday 8th June, starting with years 6, 10 and 12.

Travel: On-island travel allowed, passenger ferries cancelled and flights only running to Southampton for medical/compassionate reasons or essential work.

Hospitality: Restaurants, pubs and hotels that offer outside eating areas can re-open as long as diners can physically distance themselves. Bars and other drinks-only venues have to stay closed.

Leisure: Some outdoor 'non-essential' attractions can re-open, as long as physical distancing can be maintained.

Retail: 'Essential' shops can remain open as long as physical distancing is maintained. 'Non-essential' shops can begin to re-open as long as they adhere to physical distancing rules.

Businesses: Outdoor work can resume, as long as teams have fewer than five people. Businesses can allow some staff to return to offices in a staged way, but employees should be working from home where possible. Work requiring entry to private homes is now allowed under strict guidelines.

Level 2: Soft Opening

Calendar date From Friday 12th June

Physical Distancing: Keep a two metre distance with people outside your home.

Leaving home: Limits and restrictions on going out lifted, but we're advised to stay at home as much as possible.

Gatherings: Household + 20. You can spend time outside with your household and up to 20 other people. Larger groups and going into others' homes are still not allowed.

Education: Schools gradually re-opening from Monday 8th June, starting with years 6, 10 and 12.

Travel: On-island travel allowed. Flights and passenger ferries also allowed as soon as travel routes are re-instated by the operators.

Hospitality: Restaurants, pubs and hotels that offer outside eating areas can re-open as long as diners can physically distance themselves. Bars and other drinks-only venues have to stay closed.

Leisure: Libraries, community centres, youth clubs, places of worship, museums, cinemas, theatres and other attractions can re-open as long as physical distancing can be maintained.

Retail: All shops are allowed to open, as long as physical distancing is maintained.

Businesses: Businesses can allow some staff to return to offices in a staged way, but employees should be working from home where possible. Businesses with proof they are able to physically distance can re-open fully.

Level 1: Physical Distancing

Calendar date Dates TBC

Physical Distancing: Keep a one metre distance with people outside your home.

Leaving home: No restrictions on going out, but we need to keep one metre away from others at all times.

Gatherings: Household + 25. You can spend time outside with your household and up to 25 other people. Larger groups are still not allowed, but groups of up to 10 people are now allowed in private homes.

Education: Schools gradually re-opening from Monday 8th June, starting with years 6, 10 and 12.

Travel: All on and off-island travel is allowed, as soon as travel routes are re-instated by the operators.

Hospitality: All pubs, bars and restaurants are able to re-open, as long as physical distancing is maintained. Hotels, B&Bs and other accomodation can also re-open subject to guidelines.

Leisure: Libraries, community centres, youth clubs, places of worship, museums, cinemas, theatres and other attractions can re-open as long as physical distancing can be maintained.

Retail: All shops are allowed to open, as long as physical distancing is maintained.

Businesses: All staff are now able to return to their regular place of work, as long as physical distancing can be maintained.

During the self-isolation period of 14 days, anyone who develops flu-like symptoms should call the helpline on +44 (0) 1534 445566.

All the latest information can be found on Gov.je.

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