Jersey announces hospitality circuit breaker

A four week hospitality circuit-breaker is set to be imposed in Jersey on 4 December to combat the spread of Covid-19

As part of the measures, all hospitality venues including pubs and restaurants will have to remain closed, with only takeaway and delivery services being able to continue.

Government officials said that these new measures will be “regularly reviewed”, however, they confirmed restrictions are “likely to remain in place until 4 January 2021”.

Jersey is the latest British dependency state to tighten restrictions surrounding access to hospitality services. Just this week Wales also announced that pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes will now have to close by 6pm and will not be allowed to serve alcohol. 

At the time the country’s first minister, Mark Drakeford revealed a £340m support package, with Welsh hospitality business granted access to a “specific fund” as part of the deal. 

It is also said that more aid for affected businesses in Jersey will be provided under the Co-funded Payroll Scheme.  

Deputy Richard Renouf, the minister for Health and Social Services, said: “We have received some sobering advice from our scientific and medical colleagues, and we are convinced that this is the right approach. If these numbers continue to rise, we will need to open the Nightingale Ward.”

“I have already made mask-use and contact-tracing a legal requirement, and the permitted size of gatherings has been reduced. Now it’s time to take these restrictions further.”

He added: “This isn’t a lockdown and we won’t be limiting the time people can spend outside their homes, but we are trying to limit the potential for uncontrolled spread of Covid-19 by closing hospitality venues, gyms and indoor exercise classes, and by keeping people further apart in public areas.”

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