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WATCH: “Mixing between households indoors and in private gardens must stop”

WATCH: “Mixing between households indoors and in private gardens must stop”

Friday 18 December 2020

WATCH: “Mixing between households indoors and in private gardens must stop”

Islanders must NOT hold indoor gatherings apart from on Christmas or Boxing Day, according to new festive rules ushered in as 136 new cases and more deaths from the second wave of covid were confirmed.

In a press conference called at short notice this afternoon, Senator John Le Fondré confirmed that previous festive guidance was being superseded.

He said that there had been “casual compliance” with covid restrictions and confirmed that 136 new covid cases had been identified in the past 24 hours.

Video: Tonight's press conference.

He said that there were 548 symptomatic people, and 399 without symptoms, making 947.

Dr Ivan Muscat told islanders: “I cannot overemphasise this: We are in a serious position, and without concerted action by us all, it will become more serious as we enter the Christmas period.

“The most pressing issue is gathering indoors – whether at home or at work. 

“From now on, pending further information, mixing between households indoors and in private gardens must stop. If you must mix with another household, you should do so outside in a large space like on the beach, in a park, or in country lanes and maintain 2 metres of physical distance at all times.”

He said visits for caring purposes can continue, but that families “need to think very carefully about seeing elderly or vulnerable people indoors for a prolonged period of time.”

He said that islanders of different households should only meet on the “special occasions” of Christmas Day and Boxing Day - a new, tighter approach to previous festive advice.

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Pictured: Islanders should only gather indoors on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, if at all.

“…You should be limiting any visits to these days only, and should only be doing two gatherings, one on each day, with a maximum of ten people.

"However, I need to be clear. Christmas and New Year pose a significant risk to the health of our entire Island, and especially those who are most vulnerable.”

The Chief Minister went on to state that, “unless critical” all islanders must work from home for Monday.

He also confirmed that the hospitality circuit breaker would continue until at least 4 January and that, from midnight tonight, all cafes and other food premises that remain open must “close for everything other than takeaway service.”

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Pictured: All cafés and food premises - licensed or not - must close from midnight.

“Law officers are drafting an order to back this up and so this will be backed with enforcement as soon as possible.”

He also confirmed that more than one death had been reported by the Superintendent Registrar over the last 48 hours.

“Losing a loved one is a tragedy and I want to express my sincere and heartfelt condolences to the families of these individuals at this sad time.

“This is a sombre moment for Jersey, and it should stand as a reminder that the threat from this virus is very real.” 

Following a question from Express, Dr Muscat confirmed that two or three people had died directly as a result of covid, but confirmed that they had "severe underlying medical conditions."

One of the deaths was announced last night, said to be a "very elderly" islander in a care home, who had underlying health issues.

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Posted by Keith Marsh on
Senator John Le Fondré EVENTUALLY { when it was almost dragged out of him } confirmed that previous festive guidance was being superseded ~ but he did nothing to help the vast number of Islanders who Celebrate Christmas on Christmas EVE.
He is so far away from reality, it surprises me that he is on the same planet. The only one that gave a welcome, strong speech was Dr Muscat ~ who I guess lost the toss and had to do the dirty work, while C.M. just about managed to extract his head from the sand dunes; well almost.
Posted by Jon Jon on
Should of gone the full way and stated no get togethers at all,you can’t totally blame the public for this mess,government handled this extremely poorly! It is frustrating when you see Guernsey and how they managed it,Jersey looked at the economy first.Come back to bite now,the added millions having to be paid out to business.I’d advocate sacking all states members from today and bringing the election forward a year ,all standing on island wide mandates !
Posted by Private Individual on
Good luck with that one!

People getting together behind closed doors is the reason it's out of control!

The inconsiderate idiots are not going to stop just because you said so...its a fact I'm afraid.
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