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Hospitality ‘circuit breaker’ to be announced

Hospitality ‘circuit breaker’ to be announced

Wednesday 02 December 2020

Hospitality ‘circuit breaker’ to be announced


Ministers will tonight announce a two-week ‘circuit-breaker’ for the hospitality industry in an urgent bid to bring down covid transmission in the community before Christmas, Express understands.

Industry sources told Express this afternoon that the temporary measure will take effect shortly after midnight this Friday (4 December) and run until at least Friday 18 December.

The effectiveness of the restrictions is expected to be reviewed around Wednesday 16 December, with an option to extend them further if deemed necessary. 

All premises holding a liquor licence will fall under the circuit breaker, apart from off-licence shops. 

Affected establishments are thought to include: pubs, hotels and guesthouses, restaurants, social clubs and entertainment venues. 

Royal Yacht Hotel

Pictured: The Royal Yacht, where a gathering recently led to a 'super-spreader' event.

It follows a significant number of covid ‘clusters’ being linked with large gatherings held at local hospitality venues in recent weeks. 

Among the key ‘super-spreader’ events was a party at the Royal Yacht – though the hotel stressed in a statement released yesterday that they had followed all public health guidance

The Chief Minister, Senator John Le Fondré, will discuss the new hospitality restrictions in further detail and a media briefing this evening at 19:00. 

He will be accompanied by Health Minister, Deputy Richard Renouf, and the Deputy Medical Officer of Heath, Dr Ivan Muscat.

They are also expected to elaborate on other new measures aimed at curbing the spread of covid announced today, including closing the hospital to most visitors and tougher restrictions for islanders deemed to be at high risk of becoming seriously ill from covid-19.

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Posted by Steven Simon on
Can the new measures include this useless government stand down, he might of withstood a vote of no confidence in the house. But I'm pretty damn sure if the public could vote JLF & Co would be gone.
Posted by Jon Jon on
Had the government taken action weeks ago and curbed travel into this island,then maybe this wouldn’t of happened.Think of all the locals that would of gone out for meals and few drinks,supporting local businesses even shops who now won’t be,then there’s the support package for these premises via free cash.....what a mess!
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