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Driving tests set to resume with some precautions

Driving tests are set to resume in Jersey after being cancelled since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Both practical and theory tests will get back under way, although with some new measures.

For practical tests:

  • Both the person taking the test and the examiner will need to wear a face covering or face mask
  • The windows of the vehicle will need to remain open to provide ventilation
  • Touch points in the vehicle will need to be cleaned before each test
  • Six tests slots will be available per day, rather than the usual nine

For theory tests:

  • Anyone taking a test will need to wear a face covering or face mask
  • Anyone taking a test will need to stay 1m apart from other people in the theory room
  • The theory test consoles will be cleaned between each test
  • Only six candidates will be able to take a theory test at any one time

Airline 'delighted' to resume Jersey flights

The airline EasyJet has said it is "delighted" to be resuming flights to and from Jersey from Friday.

It follows States approval for the borders to reopen to all travellers from 3 July.

It means commercial flights to the UK and other destinations can resume for holiday-makers.

British Airways, who have also put flights on for Friday, described it as a "fast-moving situation".

Blue Islands Airline has not yet confirmed when it will resume its commercial flights.

The airline has been providing life-line services between Jersey and the UK for essential travellers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Financial coronavirus claims scheme 'made more flexible'

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Jersey's government has made amendments to the way businesses can claim financial support in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Businesses can now make a claim on the basis that their revenue has reduced by 30% over a three-month period compared to the same period in 2019.

Previously the claim could only be made by comparing one month's turnover to the previous month.

The second change to the scheme allows holiday clubs to apply for financial relief as well.

“This is unchartered territory for the island, its businesses and, inevitably, unforeseen issues arise as we progress," said Senator Lyndon Farnham.

"It is important that the government monitors the impact, is responsive, and is ready to evolve the scheme if necessary," he added.

The scheme will now run until at least August 2020, and remains under review.

New Covid case found through 'planned workforce screening'

The only active case in Jersey, which was discovered on Wednesday, came through the government's workforce screening.

The support worker at a private school works outside of normal school hours so has had no contact with children or parents, a letter to parents set out.

On Tuesday the island marked the first time it had no known active cases of the virus since 10 March.

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First half of 2020 the warmest since 1894

Despite double the average rainfall in June, the first six months of 2020 was the warmest first half of the year since records began, says Jersey Met.

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