Jersey's politicians will be asked to decide if all the emergency powers given to Ministers to bring in covid restrictions should expire at the end of October, or if any need to be extended.
If follows this week's announcement that most restrictions will end on Thursday, 26 August. Currently, ministers emergency covid powers are due to end on October 31.
The legislation was first introduced in March 2020, and was due to be in place until 30 April 2021. Then the Covid-19 (Amendments - extension and suspension) Regulations extended the end dates until 31 October to ensure the powers could still be used if required.
The range of covid legislation aimed to help the control the spread of the virus – for example, the Workplace Regulations provided powers to close workplaces to help prevent transmission – included changes to Marriage and Civil Status law which allowed the Superintendent Register to check people’s documents online rather than in-person.
Pictured: The regulation that states masks are required in ports and public transports remains in place.
Those Regulations will remain after 26 August as, despite most of the restrictions due to be lifted, two will remain.
This includes the Workplace Order which requires contact details to be taken for track and trace purposes, as well masks in ports and public transport and the Screening, Assessment and Isolation Regulations, which provide the powers to require people to be tested at the border and to self-isolate if they have covid.
Ministers announced on Wednesday that from Thursday 26 August:
Before 31 October, the States Assembly will be asked whether all the covid legislation should expire or whether any of this legislation should be further extended to allow for ongoing controls such as the requirement to isolate or the possibility to bring back some restrictions should a vaccine-resistant variant emerge.
Responding to a report from a panel of politicians tasked with reviewing the Government's pandemic response, Senator John Le Fondré and Deputy Susie Pinel confirmed in May that work on a new 'Civil Contingencies Law' was underway and had reached the briefing stage.
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