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Minister plans to make face masks compulsory

Minister plans to make face masks compulsory

Tuesday 22 September 2020

Minister plans to make face masks compulsory


Wearing face masks will be made compulsory in indoor public spaces, if States Members approve plans being drawn up by the Health Minister.

Responding to a question in today’s States Assembly as to whether he would push to change the law to make mask wearing mandatory, Deputy Richard Renouf confirmed: “That is in our legislative programme, to introduce a law that would provide for mask-wearing in indoor public places and that will come before the Assembly to make that decision.”

He further explained: “To make it compulsory, I’m advised we need to introduce legislation that is being drafted. I have had talks around it, but it will need to be lodged, I hope at the beginning of October.” 

This would then be followed by a six week lodging period, although he noted that it could be less if “it is the case that the Assembly wish to take the debate within a shorter time.”

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Pictured: Health Minister Richard Renouf said he hoped the proposals could be lodged in October. 

Deputy Renouf also cautioned that mask wearing in public spaces such as shops “remains strongly recommended, and we are to engage in discussions with retailers particularly about how they might encourage the wearing of masks in outlets.”

He went on to emphasise that, despite the low levels of the virus on the island, covid is still a threat, noting: “I believe we are very relaxed in Jersey – anyone who has been to the UK or other countries this summer will have seen how much more the wearing of masks is prevalent there. 

“There’s a much greater sense of what we face whereas perhaps in Jersey we’ve become too relaxed about this, and we don’t realise covid is still with us and poses a threat.”

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Posted by Peter Richardson on
Not the best idea as all indoor restaurants pubs etc will have to close until the law is repealed and we may as well go back to a draconian lockdown too as most people will avoid shops, town etc in the speciation we have a worse epidemic than in March and April.
Posted by john garner on
When does private property become "indoor public space "?
Posted by Valerie Payne on
Ridiculous! Jersey is doing very well under these strange circumstances. We need to breathe fresh air not stale carbon dioxide. Adults have the right to make their own decisions about wearing a mask not be dictated to by politicians. As long as we continue to social distance & wash our hands frequently we will be fine. It’s time to get on with our lives and learn to live with this virus. Our economy is getting better, wearing masks will not help.
Posted by Valerie Payne on
Ridiculous! Jersey is doing very well under these strange circumstances. We need to breathe fresh air not stale carbon dioxide. Adults have the right to make their own decisions about wearing a mask not be dictated to by politicians. As long as we continue to social distance & wash our hands frequently we will be fine. It’s time to get on with our lives and learn to live with this virus. Our economy is getting better, wearing masks will not help.
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