All hospitality venues, gymnasiums and indoor sport / fitness facilities are required to close in Jersey.
These measures will be effective from 12:01 am on Friday December 4 and should remain in place until January 4, 2021, but the situation will be regularly reviewed.
While stores will be allowed to remain open, social distancing needs to be increased from one meter to two.
The chief minister says the decision was made due to an increase in cases, both in the community and in the hospital. He added that the island Rate R is now between 1.6 and 2 – meaning each case on average transmits the infection to more than one other person.
If we don’t act now, we may face more stringent restrictions. However, we predict that these actions will lead to a reduction in the number of cases over the next two to three weeks. It won’t happen right away, as a change in metrics takes at least two weeks to impact the numbers.
Health Minister MP Richard Renouf said without action, the number of active cases could increase exponentially, doubling every 13 days. By Boxing Day, the number of active cases could reach 1,100 with around one in ten Islanders isolating themselves by that time.
The health minister called the latest medical advice “sobering”, but he also offered some reassurance to islanders about new restrictions.
This is not a lockdown and we will not limit the time people can spend away from their homes, but we are trying to limit the potential for the uncontrolled spread of Covid-19 by closing reception areas, gyms and facilities. indoor exercise classes, and keep people away in public areas.
The government has also announced that “gatherings of a certain size” will be dispersed by an enforcement officer, but it has not yet been specified exactly what the maximum size of gatherings is.