Islanders over the age of 65 and those with underlying health conditions must now self-isolate, the Health Minister has said.
In a statement delivered this afternoon, Deputy Richard Renouf explained the measure - which is more extreme than social distancing - was agreed following reports that covid-19 was circulating within the island community.
He said it was being applied to this age group because they are "more likely" to suffer more severe symptoms, be hospitalised and require intensive care. They are also "at the greatest risk of death".
Video: Deputy Renouf addressing islanders.
From midnight, this group should not leave their homes for more than two hours per day, and only do so:
Meanwhile, islanders with medical conditions putting them at 'severe' risk of covid-19 are being asked to 'home-isolate'.
He noted that this advice would be in place for a "matter of weeks", not days, and aims to reduce demand at the hospital and save more lives as a result.
Closing his address, he stressed: "This is for your own safety and requires all of us to ensure that we keep our distance and practice good hygiene so we don’t take the infection into your homes."
More guidance will be made available on the government website.
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