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Two Metre Distancing Order Lifted

The two-metre distancing order has been lifted and there is no longer any limit on the number of people who can attend controlled events like weddings.

The island has moved to the next stage of the roadmap to recovery with case numbers remaining low. Four people are known to have the virus here.

Despite it no longer being law to keep two metres apart, it's still recommended where possible to reduce the chance of becoming a close contact and having to isolate.

There are no limits on gatherings for organised controlled events like weddings, football matches and theatre performances. More than ten people can now sit at tables in pubs and restaurants.

Informal gatherings - like meeting in someone's home or garden or getting together in public places like parks and beaches - has a 20-person limit.

People are now encouraged to return to work. Guidance includes trying to keep two metres apart, thinking about how meetings are managed, and being careful not to gather in bottlenecks like corridors, entrances, and exits.

Masks still have to be worn inside public places like shops, hotels, and venues for the likes of indoor weddings.

"These changes all come with new public health guidance to support a safe transition. While the 2m physical distancing is no longer required by law, people should still make every effort to maintain distance from those they don’t live with, wherever possible.

"Maintaining 2m helps keep people safe and reduces the risk of having to self-isolate because you came into close contact with someone who has COVID-19. This change from law to guidance is about a gradual movement to less stringent measures, it does not mean the risk has gone.

"As people gradually return to work, we really want to encourage eligible Islanders to take part in the workforce testing programme. This not only will protect you, but also your team members and workplace.

"I’m really pleased that people can once again gather, without limit, to enjoy controlled events such as weddings, theatre performances and sporting events, which I’m sure many people can look forward to this summer.

"Masks remain mandatory within public, indoor spaces and there are no changes to this requirement. I really hope Islanders can enjoy meeting again and respect the subtle but important measures that remain, to keep us all safe." - Deputy Richard Renouf, Health Minister.

The government says the plan remains to resume the traffic light system for inbound travel for the UK and Crown Dependencies from 26 April.

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