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  1. Sark Christians set up food bank

    A group representing the island's Christian community has set up a food bank in Sark and is asking for locals to get one extra item when they shop and donate it.

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  2. Pub closures: 'Social distancing needs to be observed'

    "Individuals have a moral responsibility too. Those that continue to visit pubs and restaurants for meals, must make sure they observe social distancing, " said Deputy Heidi Soulsby, President of the Committee for Health and Social Care.

    "We need the community to work with us, for everyone’s sake. I’m hopeful that islanders will do this.

    "These measures may seem severe but they are similar to the old-fashioned Sunday licensing rules. We are looking to our past for a solution to this new present.

    Quote Message: We don’t want to curtail all social interaction, we know it’s important for people’s mental health and wellbeing, but these are extraordinary times and we will do what we must to keep people safe."

    She said: "I especially want to appeal to students, many of whom have just returned to the Island.

    We know this is a strange time for them with a lot of disruption, but it’s incredibly important they respect these new restrictions and observe social distancing. I cannot stress that enough."

  3. Pub closures: Islanders urged to follow 'spirit of law'

    Quote Message: We will not take any chances. Bars and clubs present a very real risk. This will come at very short notice to licensees but we will not make apologies for taking swift action to protect our community."

    "We are in a position where it’s become less clear to what extent coronavirus may be spreading in our community," says the president of the island's emergency committee.

    "We have worked to come up with a proportionate solution, given the circumstances," said Deputy Gavin St Pier, Chairman of the Civil Contingencies Authority.

    "Licensees must not only respect the new legal restrictions, but also the reasons we are introducing them.

    "We expect both customers and licensees to follow the spirit not the letter of the law."

    Quote Message: If anyone is trying to think about how they can ‘get around’ these rules, they have failed to grasp the severity of the emergency we face and our determination to act in the wider interests of the community."
  4. Nightclubs and some pubs to close at 18:30

    The States of Guernsey has brought in the "temporary measure to mitigate against the spread of coronavirus in the Bailiwick of Guernsey".

    From 18:30 nightclubs and bars that do not serve food will have to close.

    You will still be able to get an alcoholic drink at pubs and restaurants that serve prepared and plated food - as long as "it is ancillary to the service of food".

    These temporary measures will be reviewed in 10 days’ time.

  5. Coronavirus: Second case is person returning from France

    Guernsey has a second positive case of COVID-19 in the Bailiwick.

    The patient returned from France and later started displaying symptoms.

    Dr Nicola Brink, director of public health, said: "The patient has a clear travel history and went into self-isolation immediately on their return.

    "This underlines our consistent messaging to the community regarding self-isolation, seeking advice if you become unwell having returned from travel and practicing social distancing."

    She said the patient sought help promptly and is doing well and being supported by staff from health.

  6. Reduced Aurigny schedule released

    Aurigny's "consolidated" flight schedule, which will apply from 23 March, has been released by the airport.

    The new schedule from Guernsey:

    • Two Gatwick routes - first departing at 10:20 and returning 11:50, second departing at 14:50, returning 16:30
    • One Southampton route - departing at 14:40 and returning at 15:50
    • One Manchester route - departing at 10:40 and returning at 12:35

    No changes to Alderney services were announced.

  7. Alderney GP surgery to stop Saturday openings

    The move to close on Saturdays after this weekend is in a bid to protect the doctors and other staff by providing a rest period.

    Outside its opening hours islanders who need urgent treatment are asked to call the Mignot Memorial Hospital on 822007 or in an emergency 999.

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  8. People without symptoms can exercise alone - Public Health

    Islanders showing no symptoms of infection and who feel well can go out and exercise alone, Guernsey's director of public health has said.

    Dr Nicola Brink said activities like walking and cycling are good for people.

    She said: "If you are healthy and have no symptoms, go out for a walk, but just don't stop and have a half-hour face-to-face conversation with someone."

  9. Herm moorings closed until end of April

    There will be no spots on Herm for Guernsey boats to moor until 30 April, the island's management has announced.

    Boats are free to anchor "at their own" risk, but the island has requested boats do not tie up at the harbour in order to "maintain access for Trident, service vessels and emergency boats".

    No boats from outside the Bailiwick will be allowed to land, due to travel restrictions.

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  10. Food delivery options in Alderney

    Alderney's Chamber of Commerce has published contact details for shops and restaurants offering home delivery.

    The chamber also provided the details of businesses that offer take away services for pick up on the island.

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  11. Guernsey historic sites opening delayed

    The seasonal opening of Guernsey's Castle Cornet, Fort Grey and the German Naval Signals HQ has been delayed indefinitely.

    The Guernsey Museum at Candie, which opens year round, remains open.

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  12. Cruise liner visits cancelled until start of May

    Individual operators have taken the decision in light of the spread of coronavirus.

    The first ship scheduled for the 2020 season was cancelled by Guernsey Harbours earlier this month.

    Following the closure of borders across Europe operators have been cancelling trips.

    All nine due to visit the island in April have been cancelled along with three scheduled for May.

  13. Pubs may be closed as 'spread of virus unclear'

    The States is considering asking pubs and bars in Guernsey to close because of the potential to spread coronavirus

    An announcement is due on Friday as the wider situation is being reviewed due to delays in the testing of samples for coronavirus in the UK, which led to the move to close all schools from Monday.

    Health and Social Care President Heidi Soulsby says it's no longer possible for the local health authorities to know with certainty if the virus is spreading on the island, so social restrictions may be necessary.

    It follows news in Jersey of two cases of coronavirus among islanders who have "no travel history" and so have contracted the virus on-island.

  14. Team in Torteval set up to help parishioners

    The Torteval Douzaine and Torteval Church are working together to provide volunteers for anyone who may need help running errands at the current time.

    Anyone in the parish who wants help can call 268116, 264831 or 264816.

  15. Local man offers to help islanders in need

    One Guernsey man helping others was inspired by his time caring for his mother when she was extremely ill.

    Greg Zimmerman said: "Everybody needs a bit of a hand sometimes.

    "I'm offering to help with dog walking, I can go and collect people's shopping for them if they need."

    Mr Zimmerman said he was willing to be there if people just needed a "bit of a chat" about anything.

    Greg Zimmerman

    He said he had already managed to get five or six friends to help him look after people as well.

    Anyone who wants to ask Mr Zimmerman for help can contact him via email at gregzim1985@gmail.com or call him 07781 168488.

    "It's just trying to get people through as best as we can," he added.

    Anyone offering help is being encouraged to use #Guernseytogether on social media to make it easier for people to find them.