Ministers have decided to delay the return of stand-up drinking and nightclubs - but mask requirements will be relaxed from Monday.
The decision to delay parts of the original reopening strategy follows 10 to 11 covid cases being linked to hospitality venues and private parties.
Following crunch meetings last night and today, the Government confirmed that the next steps in the reopening process would now be as follows:
From Monday 14 June:
From Monday 21 June:
The Government said a delay in the reopening plan would allow contact tracers to catch up with tracking and testing, while reducing onward transmission in hospitality settings.
It said that delaying parts of the final stage of the reopening process will also allow more time for hospitality workforce screening to be completed and "hopefully avert the need to introduce more restrictive measures in the coming two months".
The current number of covid cases in Jersey is 17 - with three detected in the past 24 hours, two being direct contacts of other positive covid cases.
There are currently 271 people in isolation as direct contacts.
Since Tuesday 8 June, 3 new cases have been identified. 1 case has been identified through inbound travel and 2 cases have been identified through contact tracing.— Government of Jersey (@GovJersey) June 9, 2021
The number of active cases in the Island is 17.
11 cases are symptomatic and 6 cases are asymptomatic. pic.twitter.com/bnGnehBbDC
The Chief Minister, Senator John Le Fondré, said he was "acutely aware" the announcement "will be a disappointment to islanders and businesses who had planned for full reconnection this coming Monday" and "particularly difficult for nightclubs who have long anticipated reopening after 15 months of closure", but said: "However, given ongoing contact tracing within hospitality settings, it is appropriate that we do not open nightclubs at this stage.”
Health Minister Deputy Richard Renouf added: “It is absolutely critical that all travellers to Jersey remain vigilant and follow the latest public health guidance, including on isolation.
“As we open vaccination appointments to younger islanders, it’s vital that people book for their vaccine when they become eligible. Our vaccination programme continues to make excellent progress, but it is essential we keep this momentum up.
“It is also incumbent on those in the hospitality industry to continue taking accurate contact details from all of their patrons, to ensure that where cases emerge, contacts can be traced quickly and effectively. The requirement for relevant businesses to collect details for contact tracing purposes is still a requirement in law.”
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