The Public Health Team has identified a case of community seeding and, together with reviewing the broader local evidence of COVID-19 cases and international developments, has decided that the most appropriate course of action is to introduce strict measures for an initial period of 14 days. This will give the States of Guernsey time to commission and start on-island testing which will give the Public Health Team a clear indication of on-island seeding.
Reducing our day-to-day contact with other people will reduce the spread of the infection. That is why the States of Guernsey is now introducing three new measures:
1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
2. Closing non-essential shops and community spaces
3. Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public
The single most important action we can now take as a community in fighting the coronavirus is to stay at home in order to protect our Island and our medical infrastructure and save lives. ‘
Every Islander must comply with these new measures. The relevant authorities, including the police, will be given the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.