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Lockdown Exit: Jersey Moving To 'Level Three'

Health Minister Deputy Richard Renouf has signed new orders to ease lockdown restrictions further

Large retail shops can reopen, restaurants and cafes with outdoor seating can begin serving food again and islanders can leave home for up to six hours a day and meet up to five people outside their household from tomorrow.

The Health Minister, Deputy Richard Renouf, has signed new orders to move onto Level 3 of the coronavirus lockdown exit strategy.

Level 3 will still include a Stay Home instruction, and the two-metre physical distancing has to continue when outside the home.

The following changes will come into effect:

  • Islanders can be outside the home for up to six hours a day and meet up to five people they don't live with as long as physical distancing is maintained.
  • Restaurants and cafes can offer an outdoor-seated food service while maintaining physical distancing.
  • Open-air recreational sites can welcome visitors but not indoor enclosed areas (apart from entering and exiting)
  • Large, non-essential retail shops (with a sales area of at least 700sqm) can reopen as long as physical distancing is maintained.

The government says later in level three, restrictions on movement and how long islanders can leave home for will be eased further 'if Covid-19 remains under control'.


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 From Monday 11th May

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 closed through until Friday 22nd May. Highlands College closed until Friday 29th May.

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 Dates TBC

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 + 10. You can spend time outside with your household and up to ten other people. Larger groups and going into others' homes are still not allowed.

Education: Department for Children, Young People, Education and Skills is due to publish a seperate plan to re-open schools, colleges and nurseries to be brought in as part of Levels 2 and 1.

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: Department for Children, Young People, Education and Skills is due to publish a seperate plan to re-open schools, colleges and nurseries to be brought in as part of Levels 2 and 1.

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.


People who are extremely vulnerable should still stay at home.

Public health guidance for businesses and organisations who can reopen will be published tomorrow (Monday 11 May). The government says this will give advice on opening and operating safely.

"This weekend has shown us the best of Jersey and I call on Islanders to continue to protect our Liberation generation by following the advice and staying home.

"I have signed updated Orders to begin the phased and measured exit from Level 4. Islanders’ adherence to the lockdown has been a great expression of Jersey’s character and we will not rush into moves that could endanger the health of our most vulnerable.

"From last week’s antibody study, we know that only a small proportion of the population has been infected at this time. This shows our success in limiting the spread of the virus so far, but also tells us that we must be careful when lifting restrictions, to make sure that we avoid a sudden or rapid outbreak of new cases.

"The phased relaxation will follow medical advice on how to best move through the levels of the framework, so we are making sure Islanders’ physical and mental wellbeing is protected and enhanced while continuing our response to the virus.

"We must protect Islanders and our finite health services by spending our time outside safely and continuing to shield the severely vulnerable. The Government will monitor the situation closely and medical advice will guide any new relaxations through Level 3." - Deputy Richard Renouf, Health Minister.

Islanders still can't visit other people in their own homes unless they are providing care and the government is still advising people to wear cloth masks in public indoor places such as shops.

There are 293 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Jersey, although it's predicted that around 3,300 people have been infected based on the results of antibody tests. You can read more about that here.

25 people in Jersey have died after contracting COVID-19.

The Chief Minister, Health Minister and Economic Development Minister will host a press briefing to discuss the changes at 9:30am tomorrow (Monday 11 May), which you will be able to hear live on 103.7FM and www.channel103.com

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