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Source: Channel Islands – Jersey

This evening, after consulting the Medical Officer of Health, the Minister for Health and Social Services has made two orders amending existing coronavirus-related restrictions in Jersey. 

The COVID-19 (Restricted Movement) (Amendment – Exemptions) (Jersey) Order 2020 makes changes to the existing Stay at Home instruction.

From tomorrow Islanders will be allowed:

  • to spend up to four hours outside their homes 

  • to spend time outside their homes doing necessary shopping, for medical needs or providing care, and any form of safe outdoors activity (not just exercise) as long as they maintain physical distancing

  • to spend time outside with people they live with, and up to two people they don’t live with as well, as long as they maintain physical distance from those they don’t live with. 

The COVID-19 (Restricted Trading) (Jersey) Order 2020 assists in slowing the spread of coronavirus transmission in the Island by restricting which businesses may trade until 11 May 2020.

Until now, there have been voluntary restrictions on the operation of some shops and service providers, while others considered essential were allowed to operate.

The Order is made under the COVID-19 (Restricted Trading) (Jersey) Regulations 2020 approved by the States Assembly on 21 April 2020. These Regulations create a framework for the introduction of restrictions on public-facing businesses, and sit alongside relevant health and safety legislation.

Article 4 of the Order lists which businesses may open to the public for certain purposes, including a limited number of retail premises.

The Minister for Health and Social Services, Deputy Richard Renouf, said: “These two orders are part of Government policy to safely relax the lockdown restrictions on Islanders, while at the same time ensuring that we limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus in a manageable way.”

Under the COVID-19 (Restricted Trading) (Jersey) Order 2020 

i) Premises which must remain closed are:

a) amusement centres and mini-golf courses;

b) art galleries, libraries and museums, including any property operated by Jersey Heritage; 

c)  business premises that are used for the purpose of auction houses or betting agencies; 

d) business premises that are used for the purpose of:

i. spas, nail salons, beauty salons, waxing salons, tanning salons, hair laser removal,
ii. tattoo or piercing parlours or massage parlours, or
iii. providing haircuts, hair styling or the professional application of make up;

e) entertainment facilities;

f) indoor recreation facilities; 

g) nightclubs; 

h) outdoor playgrounds and gymnasium equipment in public places; 

i) public swimming and paddling pools; 

j) soft play centres; 

k) subject to Article 4(1)(g), retail premises.

ii) Premises which may open to the public for certain purposes are:

a) boarding houses, caravan parks, camping grounds and hostels for the purpose of accommodating permanent residents of the boarding house, caravan park, camping ground or hostel;

b) commercial accommodation for the purpose of accommodating (including providing food and beverages to persons using the accommodation to consume in their room) persons who are employed or contracted to work in Jersey for a purpose relating to the Covid-19 outbreak; 

c) community centres for the purpose of providing services, free of charge, to assist vulnerable members of the public, such as food banks, blood donations or services providing for the needs of homeless people; 

d)  food and drink premises for the purpose of selling food or beverages for persons to consume off premises; 

e)  golf courses for the purpose of allowing access to open spaces to be used for the purpose of playing golf; 

f)  markets for the purpose of enabling food and drink premises and permitted shops to open for the purpose specified in subparagraphs (d) and (g) respectively; 

g)  permitted shops for the purpose of selling the goods and merchandise ordinarily sold by those shops; 

h)  places of public worship for the purpose of conducting a funeral service or facilitating the formation of a marriage.

iii) ‘Permitted shop’ means any of the following types of retail premises:

a) dry cleaning premises, being premises used for providing dry cleaning services to members of the public;

b) garden centres, being premises the principal purpose of which is the retail sale of plants and landscaping and gardening supplies and equipment; 

c) hardware and building supply shops, being premises the principal purpose of which is the sale or hire of goods and materials, such as household fixtures, timber, tools, paint, wallpaper, plumbing supplies and the like, that are used in the construction and maintenance of buildings and adjacent outdoor areas;

d)  newsagents, being premises the principal purpose of which is the retail sale of newspapers, cards and magazines; 

e)  off-licences, being premises holding a licence of the sixth category (referred to as an ‘Off-Licence’) under the Licensing (Jersey) Law 1974; 

f) pharmacies and chemists; 

g) post offices;

h) service or fuel stations (including heating fuel retailers), being premises used for the retail sale of fuels and lubricants for motor vehicles, whether or not the premises is also used for the ancillary retail sale of spare parts and accessories or general merchandise, or the cleaning of motor vehicles; 

i) specialist bicycle sale and repair shops, being premises used for the sale, hire and repair of bicycles and the like; 

j) specialist mobile phone retailers, being premises used for the retail sale of mobile phones and mobile phone accessories; 

k)  specialist office supply shops, being premises used for the retail sale of office supplies such as stationery, printers, computers and other office accessories; 

l) specialist pet shops, being premises used for the retail sale of pet supplies;

m)  supermarkets and corner shops, being premises the principal purpose of which is the sale of groceries and foodstuffs to provide for the day-to-day needs of members of the public, and may include ancillary services such as a post office or dry cleaning; 

n) vehicle repair premises, being premises used for the purpose of carrying out repairs to, or the selling and fitting of accessories to, vehicles, boats, agricultural machinery and the like; 

o) vehicle sales or hire premises, being premises used for the display, sale or hire of motor vehicles, caravans, boats, trailers, agricultural machinery and the like, whether or not accessories are sold or displayed on the premises.

iv) Nothing prevents the use of business premises: 

a)  to provide services, free of charge, to assist vulnerable members of the public, such as food banks, blood donations or services providing for the needs of homeless people; or 

b)  to provide accommodation (including providing food and beverages to persons using the accommodation to consume in their room) to a person accessing a public service (including emergency accommodation) whether provided by the Government of Jersey, a private provider or a non-profit organisation.

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