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  1. Possible five-day quarantine for arrivals from France

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Travellers arriving in Jersey from France could soon face five days of quarantine on arrival if coronavirus cases continue to rise in the country, Jersey health officials have said.

    Currently France is listed as a green country by the Government of Jersey, meaning people arriving don't need to isolate, but are due to be tested for the virus on the day of their arrivals.

    But health authorities are closely monitoring the spread of Covid-19 infections in France and revealed quarantine restrictions for passengers could be introduced in the next few days.

    Travellers arriving in Jersey from Australia, the Faroe Islands, Aruba and San Marino will now have to self-isolate for at least five days, as they are now classified as amber jurisdictions.

    The government's also tightened restrictions on arrivals from Bosnia and Herzegovina, now classified as red, meaning they have to quarantine for 14 days on arrival.

  2. One new case of coronavirus in Jersey

    Rebecca Thorn

    BBC News

    The latest statistics show there are now eight active cases of coronavirus in Jersey.

    One case, identified through a hospital admission, has been confirmed since Wednesday.

    The individual was asymptomatic and is now based in the community, the government said.

    There have been 345 confirmed cases in the island, and 31 Covid-related deaths.

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  3. Money earmarked for contact-tracing app

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's government has agreed to put more than £240,000 of public money towards a contact-tracing app for coronavirus.

    The Treasury Minister, Deputy Susie Pinel, has earmarked the money from the government's general reserve.

    Contact tracing in the island is currently carried out by a team of officials.

  4. Jersey to find ways to boost hospitality recruitment

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's hospitality sector is looking at ways it could encourage people to work in hotels and restaurants following the coronavirus pandemic.

    Figures show 700 people in Jersey are currently registered as actively seeking work - 900 more than at this time last year.

    Yet there are currently 80 job vacancies in the sector listed on the States website.

    A waiter serving a table

    Simon Soar, the head of the Jersey Hospitality Association, says any programme that is put in place to encourage people back to work needs to benefit both employers and employees in the long run.

    "If someone doesn't want to work in an industry it is detrimental to the industry to force them to work in there," he told Radio Jersey.

    "It has to be a very careful balance to make sure these people want to and can work in a positive approach.

    "You wouldn't want a waiter serving you who was unhappy to be in that role and was being forced to serve so it's a very careful balance."

  5. Jersey economy to 'shrink more than expected'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A panel of experts expects Jersey's economy to shrink by 7.5% this year.

    The forecast is worse than initial projections in March, and is based on the more recent effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The Fiscal Policy Panel - which advises the government on the economy - said the drop is partly down to a cut in interest rates, which could affect banking profits.

  6. Jersey Weekender Festival cancelled for 2020

    Rebecca Thorn

    BBC News

    Jersey Weekender Festival has been cancelled for 2020, organisers have confirmed.

    Those in charge said they were "absolutely heartbroken" the event could not go ahead in September due to "ongoing restrictions related to Covid-19".

    The two-day festival in St Helier was due to feature artists including The Jacksons, Sigala and Ella Henderson.

    Organisers said that advice under level one of Jersey's safe exit framework, which they expect to be released "in the next 24 hours", made it "impossible" for the festival to continue this year.

    Those who require a refund must contact the organisers via Eventbrite before Thursday 20 August 2020.

  7. Windturbine sea crash caused by 'distracted' crew

    Rebecca Thorn

    BBC News

    A collision that saw a Jersey-registered vessel crash into a windfarm tower in the North Sea has been investigated.

    The report, published on the government of jersey's website, found that a proper lookout had not been kept on-board the Njord Forseti on 23 April because the Master "was distracted from his primary role".

    The crash resulted in "serious damage" to the boat, injuring two on-board crew and a third member requiring medical attention.

    The Chief Marine Surveyor, who commissioned the report, found that the behaviour of the vessel's controllers and company owner had been "appropriate" following the accident.

    Five recommendations directed at the owner were received and "acted upon positively".

    The Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture has also been urged to ensure the report is sent to the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch.

  8. Designing a Youth Parliament for Jersey

    Andrew Segal

    BBC News

    Plans are under way to create Jersey’s first Youth Parliament and young people are being invited by those setting it up to get involved.

    The parliament - to be called Jersey Youth Connect - wants to see "the formation, development and ongoing support of a representative group of young people aged between 12 to 18 years old," the States said.

    It added the parliament would aim to "provide meaningful input into Government of Jersey policy and legislative developments, as well as assisting children and young people’s voices be heard by the scrutiny process".

    From September, staff from Jersey Youth Service, who are leading on this development, in partnership with the States Greffe, are to start engaging with young people through secondary schools and youth organisations to promote Jersey Youth Connect and how they can get involved.

    And a logo competition has been launched over the summer for the new body.

    Young people have a month to design a logo and email it in by the end of August, when a group of youth ambassadors will select their five favourite logos and these will then go out to a public vote.

    It was hoped the parliament itself would be launched by March next year, the States said.

    Jersey Youth Parliament logo competiton
  9. Apology after tax letters sent to islanders who have died

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's treasury minister has apologised unreservedly after sending tax letters to islanders who had died.

    The government letter explained planned changes to the income tax system for those who paid based on their previous years' earnings.

    But Deputy Susie Pinel said the database was not cross-checked, meaning some letters were sent to people who had died, and others were addressed to people by their first names only.

    She said she and her staff were sorry to anyone upset by the mistakes.

  10. Lenders 'should be flexible over income loss in pandemic'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Lenders to people in Jersey should be flexible with customers whose incomes may have dropped during the coronavirus pandemic, the island's government has said.

    New guidance has been published to help those are struggling to pay back loans.

    It said companies should offer debt holidays, during which customers did not need pay back anything, or only charge interest until a borrower's financial situation improves.

  11. Naming of sex offenders 'could affect rehabilitation'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's chief probation officer has strongly criticised an online list naming and shaming sex offenders, saying they should be given the chance to be rehabilitated.

    Mike Cutland works with police to monitor individuals who are classed as posing a risk to others.

    He said he was particularly concerned at posts that shared details of convicted offenders.

    Mr Cutland said such things could hamper efforts to make sure those convicted did not reoffend.

    He said: "Putting up blanket postings causes unintended consequences whereby the offender's or the ex-offender's lifestyle is damaged. But also, just as importantly, the health and the impact on family members is often quite significant."

    Officials have written to the poster, asking them to consider the wider effects of their social media posts.

    Speaking to the BBC, the poster said they felt they must do their duty to those who have suffered.

    They said: "The offenders themselves have to think about the actions after they offend and what [effect] that can have on their families and friends. That's down to them.

    "It's very annoying because these people who are up on my list have been requested by the victims themselves and I think who am I to tell them that they can't have them exposed."

  12. Passengers with hidden disabilities exempt from mask use

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Passengers travelling through Jersey's airport and port will not have to wear a mask if they have specific medical conditions or disabilities, staff have said.

    Masks are normally compulsory in terminals, but those who were eligible could wear a "hidden disability" lanyard to show they were exempt from normal travel rules, they added.

    Such disabilities can include learning difficulties and mental health conditions, as well as mobility, speech, visual or hearing impairments and chronic illnesses.

  13. Smuggler's shorter sentence after supplier giving details

    Jersey Evening Post

    A woman who tried to smuggle £16,000 of cocaine - hidden internally in three egg-shaped toy containers - into Jersey has been jailed for four years.

  14. Harbour renovation plans 'collecting dust'

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey marina

    A company that sells boats in Jersey is calling for the government to modernise the island's marinas so bigger yachts can dock.

    BRIG Ribs says its sales have doubled this year despite the coronavirus pandemic - and puts its success down to the recent good weather and more people taking staycations.

    Andy Lewis, from the company, said the ability to host larger yachts would generate more money for the island.

    He said: "We're quite disappointed that the master plan for the ports of jersey, particularly the leisure aspect, appears to be collecting dust, not a lot has been happening.

    "The master plan was originally prepared over 20 years ago and has been a number of amendments to it since, and there was a plan to create more berths... but unfortunately covid has delayed that."

  15. Hospitality head wants States to reject minimum wage hike

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The head of the Jersey Hospitality Association wants the States to reject calls to increase the minimum wage.

    Simon Soar said plans put forward to increase it to £8.66 an hour from next April - up 34 pence - could come at a time when many businesses were struggling to pay staff and meet their overheads.

    He said he wanted politicians to wait until recommendations were published by Jersey's Employment Forum.

    The States is due to debate the proposal in September.

  16. Backbencher criticises delay to Covid information release

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A Jersey States backbencher says the government's failure to release the background information relating to its coronavirus decisions is frustrating and does not look good.

    Politicians agreed to Deputy Kevin Pamplin's call for an enhanced communications strategy - which included publishing the evidence cited by the government when it used the phrase "based on medical advice".

    That information should have been published over the weekend - but the States said it had been been delayed and should be released by the end of next week.

    Deputy Pamplin said it was a failure by the government to stick to timelines agreed by politicians, and raised issues when it come to its communication processes.

  17. Jersey government working with UK on 90-minute tests

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's government is assessing whether new rapid coronavirus tests would be suitable for use in the island.

    New tests that can detect the virus within 90 minutes are to be made available in care homes and labs in Britain from next week.

    Testing usually takes about a day in UK hospitals, while results from tests at Jersey's harbour or airport take 30 hours on average before results are returned.

    Health officials in Jersey said the new kit was "among many interesting developments", but was not immediately available.

    They added that they were working with the UK Department of Health "to look at all testing technologies" and would "continue to assess the suitability of these and other testing solutions for use in the Island".

  18. Businesses told to ensure they can support the disabled

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Businesses in Jersey are being urged to make sure they can support workers with all types of disabilities before a new island law is introduced next month.

    From 1 September, employers must ensure offices and work sites are accessible to all employees, customers or visitors with a disability.

    Jersey employment law experts Law at Work said that included people with hidden disabilities, such as learning difficulties and mental health conditions, as well as mobility, speech, visual or hearing impairments and chronic illnesses.

    They said they were urging businesses to talk to individuals about what changes were needed to better support their needs.

    Figures suggest that about 14% of Jersey's population - about 14,000 people - have some form of disability.

    Button for disabled to open door
  19. Malta and Czech Republic move to amber Covid-19 risk

    Andrew Segal

    BBC News

    Malta and the Czech Republic are to move from green to amber on Jersey's Covid-19 risk assessment, the island's government has said.

    Jersey States said the change, from 00:01 on Tuesday meant anyone arriving from those countries would will have to take two PCR [polymerase chain reaction] antigen tests, on the day of their return and one five days later and "isolate until they receive a negative result from their second test".

    Jersey categorises jurisdictions as either green, amber or red, applying different requirements for self-isolation and testing depending on their risk.

    Meanwhile, the States said four new positive results had been identified through its arrivals screening since Friday, 31 July, with two cases have recovered.

    The arrivals screenings has detected 12 cases in total, the States said, with eight coming by plane and four by ferry.

    The island has six known active Covid-19 cases.

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