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  1. Re-opening Jersey's schools 'not a cause for concern'

    Re-opening Jersey's schools would not - in medical terms - be a cause for concern, according to the deputy medical officer of health.

    Dr Ivan Muscat was speaking after Jersey's education minister announced the island's schools would not re-open until at least 8 June - eight days later than previously suggested.

    Dr Muscat said evidence from many countries showed children were not super-spreaders of the virus, and closing schools did not have an effect on the island's R number, which rates the virus's ability to spread within the community.

    He said his advice - which had been provided to ministers - was based on what he described as the very low number of cases currently in Jersey.

    But Dr Muscat accepted there were a number of practical issues to be ironed out before classes could resume.

    He also confirmed officials were drawing up plans to offer school children antibody testing, to see if they had been exposed to the virus.

  2. Fines up to £1,000 possible for Jersey distancing breakers

    BBC Radio Jersey

    People could soon be fined up to £1,000 if the police catch anyone breaking the rules on social distancing in Jersey.

    Health Minister Richard Renouf said he wanted the island's government to agree to enforce the 2m (6ft) separation rule.

    The legislation states that people would be fined if they did not take action to move away when asked to by a police officer.

    The fines would not apply if anyone was someone else's house, or unavoidably close to someone such as in an emergency, or for legal reasons.

    Parents will be responsible for making sure their children obey the rules, and young people themselves can be held responsible for their actions if their parents are not supervising them.

    The minister said it should help to manage situations where people under 18 years old gathered together and breached restrictions.

  3. More details next week on reopening of Jersey schools

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's education minister has said she'll give more details next week about how schools and colleges will reopen, after she decided to keep them closed until at least 8 June.

    Officials said they were working with head teachers and unions on plans to start classroom lessons again.

    Senator Tracey Vallois said decisions would be guided by medical advice, but she was aware that parents needed as much notice as possible.

    The children of critical workers, and those who are considered vulnerable, can still to go to school.

    La Sente and Mont a L'Abbe, which teach children with special educational needs, remain open.

  4. Islanders permitted to travel to work if employer asks

    People in Jersey will be allowed to travel to work if their employer instructs them to do so, following an update to level three of the coronavirus lockdown strategy.

    The minster for Health and Social Services, Richard Renouf, signed the agreement on Thursday.

    It means there will be no limit to the amount of time spent in the workplace by employees.

    Previously, restrictions limited travel to essential workers and some non-essential businesses.

  5. Calls for Easyjet to resume flying to Jersey

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The head Jersey's ports and airport wants EasyJet to begin flying to the island as soon as it was safe, he said, after the airline announced some flights would begin in the UK and France next month.

    Jersey was not named on the list of routes and the island's government is currently requiring people arriving to isolate for 14 days.

    Ports of Jersey chief executive Matt Thomas added the airport was investigating what changes would be needed to reopen safely, including providing perspex screens, personal protective equipment (PPE) and even air circulation within the terminal.

    Mr Thomas said: "Fortunately, we're not the only airport. Airports across Europe and the UK, we're all sharing information on how we deal with this unprecedented situation."

    Easyjet plane
  6. Coronavirus patient cheered after leaving ICU

    Staff at Jersey's General Hospital lined up to cheer for a Covid-19 patient who was leaving the intensive care unit.

    He is in recovery, but no longer needs to be treated in hospital, a spokeswoman said.

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    Video caption: Staff at Jersey General Hospital cheer a Covid-19 patient leaving the intensive care unit.
  7. Heritage sites reopening as restrictions are relaxed

    View from Mont Orgueil Castle

    Jersey Heritage is reopening the grounds of some of its sites as the coronavirus restrictions begin to ease.

    From next week, islanders will be able to visit some of the heritage sites across Jersey.

    The outside areas of Mont Orgueil Castle will open from 25 May, and the Hamptonne Country Life Museum as well as La Hougue Bie will reopen from 27 May.

    Exhibition spaces at all three sites will remain closed, plus playgrounds and shops.

    Chickens

    Louise Downie, Jersey Heritage's director of curation and experience, said they had been working closely with the government since closing the historic sites and are "very pleased" to be able to open some places to the public.

    "Our priority remains the safety of staff and visitors and, for that reason, we are unable to reopen exhibition spaces within the sites just yet," she added.

    Elizabeth Castle remains closed until licensing issues for the ferry can be resolved.

    Plus, Jersey Museum & Art Gallery, the Maritime Museum & Occupation Tapestry and Jersey Archive remain closed to the public.

  8. Weekly flight to Gatwick added to aid 'essential travel'

    Charley Adams

    BBC News Online

    Blue Islands plane

    A weekly return flight from Jersey to London Gatwick will start next week to support essential travel.

    Blue Islands will operate the service as part of its agreement with the island's government to maintain lifeline links with the UK.

    The route will depart from Jersey and Gatwick every Tuesday and run in addition to the current flights to Southampton.

    All passengers will need pre-travel authorisation before booking a flight.

    Anyone travelling into Jersey is required to self-isolate for 14 days.

  9. Fewer people using large stores due to lockdown

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The Channel Islands Co-op said far fewer people are using its larger stores because of the lockdown.

    The acting CEO Mark Cox said when the coronavirus pandemic started they were very busy with people stockpiling and panic buying, but since then shoppers have been staying away from the big shops.

    Last year people in the Channel Islands bought almost 4% more food and fuel from the Co-op compared to the year before.

    The new Charing Cross store in Jersey was a factor for the increase compared to the year before, explained CEO Mark Cox.

    He said the community stores "generally are performing well" but the numbers are mixed across the islands.

  10. Lifeguards could return to Jersey beaches this weekend

    BBC Radio Jersey

    lifeguard

    St Ouen's Bay in Jersey could be the first place in Britain to have RNLI lifeguards in place this summer.

    The charity's lifeguards haven't been able to patrol yet this year because of the coronavirus lockdown in the island and the UK.

    Darren Lewis, RNLI lifesaving manager, says they have been working closely with the States to find a way they can help to look after people as soon as this weekend, which is due to be a warm bank holiday weekend.

    He said: "We're still working on making sure we've got the right measures in place. and working with the government to ensure everybody can be as safe as possible, but we very much recognise there is a need."

  11. Isolation rules may be relaxed for healthcare staff

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Healthcare workers in Jersey may be asked to return to work even if they are living with someone who has symptoms related to coronavirus.

    Jersey's Chief Nurse, Rose Naylor, said staff will only need to come back in exceptional circumstances, and they will have to follow extra safety measures.

    Usually everyone in a household needs to isolate for 14 days if one person is displaying possible symptoms.

    But the health authorities have expanded their guidance on isolation, with some exemptions for health staff.

    They will, however, only be allowed back if they are not displaying symptoms themselves, and if no one in their household has tested positive.

  12. Further death announced as three more cases confirmed

    A further death due to coronavirus has been announced by the Government of Jersey.

    It means the number of fatalities in the island due to the virus is 29.

    Three more cases have been identified taking the total to 306 with 256 of those having recovered.

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  13. 'Elimination' strategy rejected by States

    Rebecca Thorn

    BBC News Online

    The States of Jersey has voted against an "elimination strategy" towards the coronavirus.

    Deputy Jess Perchard's proposal sought to maintain zero active cases in the island through "a short period of intense lockdown".

    Instead members voted in favour of an update to the government's "delay, contain and shield" approach which would try to achieve "very low levels" of the virus in Jersey.

    Chief Minister John Le Fondre said it would cause "the least harm overall" to the island.

    Senator Le Fondre said an elimination strategy would have imposed "disproportionate restrictive measures" on islanders and failed to take account of the "wider harms" caused by it.

    The States will return at 14:15 BST to deliver their final vote on the updated strategy.

  14. Weddings and civil partnerships can be held from 1 July

    Andrew Segal

    BBC News

    Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies in Jersey are to recommence from 1 July "under strict conditions", the States has said.

    The announcement comes after States members approved amendments to the law allowing the Office of the Superintendent Registrar to complete application processes with couples via video, in place of usual face-to-face requirements.

    However, ceremonies must comply with current government health advice and the guidelines on the opening of churches.

    Superintendent Registrar Claire Follain said the public health restrictions meant "that many couples will need to amend their wedding plans" because of social distancing.

    Quote Message: This is a challenging time for us all and I understand how disappointing it is to have your wedding plans disrupted. However, we look forward to helping couples to join together in marriage within the confines of the current guidelines, whilst protecting the safety of all involved." from The Very Reverend Michael Keirle Dean of Jersey
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  15. Police appeal for seafront fight witnesses

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Police are looking for witnesses to a fight at Havre des Pas on Monday evening.

    Armed officers were among those called to the scene at about 19:45 at the lido on the seafront.

    Jersey Police said that up to 20 people were involved. However, only two were arrested - a 16-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of grave and criminal assault, and a 17-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of breaching the peace by fighting.

    Both have been released on police bail.

  16. Risk of 'significant' job losses for Condor

    Rebecca Thorn

    BBC News Online

    Condor Ferries chief executive Paul Luxon has said the company is at risk of "significant job redundancies" because of the coronavirus.

    The ferry-operator, which serves routes between France, Jersey, Guernsey and the UK, has been forced to run a freight-only service since March.

    In addition the company expects to see a "tiny" number of people travelling this year, Mr Luxon said.

    He said the company was entering a "consultation process" with its employees, and would be discussing individuals' options over the next month.

    The operator currently employees about 100 crew members on its two high-speed ferries.

    Condor Rapide

    A passenger service between Jersey, the UK, and France could resume at the end of June, but this would depend on each jurisdictions' border controls, Mr Luxon said.

    Sailings to and from Guernsey were unlikely to restart until September, he added.

    "We’re absolutely determined that we’ll get back sailing passengers as quickly as we can," Mr Luxon said.

    “It would be really helpful if the four jurisdictions made their decisions in sync with each other because then we could plan across the whole ferry schedule service."

  17. Airport and port catering facing contractor problems

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Catering outlets at Jersey's airport and port could be at risk following news that the UK based Casual Dining Group is considering its future.

    The company is currently under contract to provide the facilities, which include the newly-opened restaurant at the Elizabeth Terminal.

    Ports of Jersey said it was monitoring Casual Dining's plans.

    The company owns high street restaurant chains Cafe Rouge, Bella Italia and the Las Iguanas chain.

  18. Condor in redundancy talks with fast ferries staff

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Condor Liberation

    Condor is to begin redundancy talks with a number of staff based aboard its fast ferries the Rapide and Liberation, due to the financial pressure of the Covid-19 pandemic, bosses have said.

    Because they effectively live on board, at sea, they are not covered by furlough arrangements put in place by the States of Guernsey and Jersey.

    CEO Paul Luxon said the decision has been made with a heavy heart and the company would try to make the most appropriate arrangements for those affected.

    The company added it could not go into detail on the number of staff affected.