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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

To help prevent the spread of coronavirus, everyone in Jersey is now ordered to stay at home. gov.je/coronavirus

Sickness benefit if you're isolating due to coronavirus

Who can claim sickness benefit

To qualify for sickness benefit if you're isolating due to coronavirus, you must be:

  • normally employed, self-employed or actively looking for work
  • working age (between compulsory school leaving age and pension age)
  • not working from home because you are unable to perform your role from home or because you are too unwell
  • isolating for one of the below reasons:
​Isolating because
​Advised length of isolation​Benefit payable*
​You have tested positive for Coronavirus (as confirmed by Environmental Health)     ​7 days
​Up to £222.53
​You have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for Coronavirus (and been advised to self-isolate by Environmental Health)​14 days​Up to £445.06
​You have a new continuous cough and/or fever which may be accompanied by one of more of the following; headaches, tiredness, muscle ache, respiratory symptoms beside cough such as a sore throat, blocked or runny nose​7 days​Up to £222.53
​Someone in your household has a new continuous cough and/or fever which may be accompanied by one of more of the following; headaches, tiredness, muscle ache, respiratory symptoms beside cough such as a sore throat, blocked or runny nose​14 days​Up to £445.06
​You are adhering to the latest Government advice on travel and have recently returned to Jersey
​14 days​Up to £445.06

​You may not receive the full rate of benefit if:

  • you have not paid full Social Security contributions in the relevant quarter and you were not normally employed, self-employed or actively looking for work prior to isolating
  • you are currently claiming or are part of a household that is claiming Income Support

Extended isolation

You may need to extend your period of isolation if:

  • you are still experiencing symptoms after 7 days, or
  • you were previously isolating because someone in your household had symptoms, and you now have symptoms yourself

In this case, you may qualify for further Sickness Benefit. Email Health.Zone@gov.je confirming:

  • your name / Social Security Number / date of birth / address
  • the symptoms you are experiencing
  • the date you first starting self-isolating
  • the date you first started experiencing symptoms (this may be the same as the date above but will be different if you were in household isolation prior to experiencing symptoms)

Failure to provide any of the information listed above may delay the processing of your application.

You can also call Customer and Local Services on +44 (0) 1534 444444.

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    don't go into any GP surgeries, pharmacies or Government buildings if you're self-isolating, including hospital buildings and Customer and Local Services at La Motte Street

Support for people over 65’s and / or with underlying health conditions

If you are isolating because you’re over 65 and/or have an underlying health conditions, you may qualify for financial support through Income Support or through the new scheme currently being developed for people who have been in the island for less than 5 years. 

If you're working from home

If you're working from home you can't claim sickness benefit as you should still be paid by your employer.

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