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New measures for shoppers as town reopens

New measures for shoppers as town reopens

Wednesday 03 February 2021

New measures for shoppers as town reopens


Shoppers are being urged to stay on the left and keep their masks on while passing through town as it reopens today.

Non-essential retail has been closed since Christmas Eve, when the sector was closed down to bring down the number of covid infections in Jersey.

Non-essential retail was originally due to reopen last Wednesday, but was postponed after a cluster of cases was identified in the supply chain.

The Chief Minister said last night that a total of eight cases had been identified as a result of the cluster, which has now been successfully contained.

In advance of today's reopening, a number of new covid safety measures were put in place, including:

  • The removal of bins and benches where space is limited, and where they could interfere with the flow of people around town
  • New signs encouraging pedestrians to keep left and stay two metres away from each other 
  • Floor signs and chevrons delineating two-metre spacing 
  • A recommendation that people treat town as a 'mask zone', wearing face coverings inside and out when moving between shops 

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Pictured: Islanders are being urged to treat town as a 'mask zone' and wear their masks when moving between shops - not just inside them.

A safe opening checklist was also created for retailers, advising stores that staff should not come to work if they have any symptoms and that they should be screened for covid regularly.

Retailers are also being advised to ensure their premises are well-ventilated, that they regularly clean touch points and shared equipment and that they limit the number of customers in order to ensure two metres between them.

A 'Covid Support Team' made up of 15 members of the Contact Tracing Team has also been established to visit retailers and offer advice.

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Pictured: Businesses are being reminded to ventilate their shops and make sure that any artificial ventilation is working properly.

Police will also be making extra patrols around St. Helier.

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Posted by Keith Marsh on
I hope they have kept enough benches for disabled people to rest between shops.
Posted by Scott Mills on
So keep to the left! What happens if you walking from bottom to top to get to JT, do you have to walk all the way up to Bastille and do a U'y. Can't see people flocking to town with all these extra rules, don'ts etc...
Posted by Robert Gabriel on
Do I go into town with all the hassles involved or shop online? Online it is then!
Posted by Donal Dolo on
good idea centrelane for disabled
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