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Jersey's Safe Exit Framework

We are at Level 3 of the Safe Exit Framework

Jersey will begin to move through the Level 3 measures of the Safe Exit Framework from 8am on Monday 11 May 2020.

Analysis shows that Level 4: Lockdown measures have been effective in suppressing the spread of COVID-19 in Jersey and so we can begin to lift restrictions in a phased, measured and controlled way. Consequently, the Government will move through the measures shown in Level 3 of the Safe Exit Framework Table published on 1 May. Not all measures will be introduced at the same time.

Ministers are committed to removing restrictions as early as it is safe to do. Throughout Level 3, the impact of the relaxation measures on the spread of COVID-19 will be closely monitored and the pace at which new measures are introduced will be informed by medical assessment of the potential risks.

If at any time public health monitoring indicates a rapid increase in cases, especially cases requiring hospital care, relaxation of measures may be suspended – or if absolutely necessary Level 4: Lockdown could be re-imposed. No one wants to return to Level 4. Further lockdown will impact people's wellbeing, their livelihoods, and the culture of Jersey. A phased relaxation of such measures is better than a rapid return to stricter lockdown. 

Safe Exit Framework: Level 3 Policy statement 

Read the full statement on the Safe Exit Framework: Level 3 Policy from Public Health.

COVID-19 Safe Exit Framework: Level 3 Policy statement 

Safe Exit Level 3: Advice for Islanders

Further detail and advice for all Islanders on what Level 3 means for you.

Advice for Islanders during Level 3

Safe Exit Level 3: Advice for businesses

Further detail and how the policy applies to work and business.

Advice for businesses during Level 3

Everyone should follow this guidance, to help control the spread of COVID-19 and continue to protect lives. If people disregard this guidance, more restrictive measures may need to be re-introduced.

Summary of changes from Level 4 to Level 3

During Level 3, the Stay Home instruction will be lifted, permitting Islanders to be outside their homes with no time restrictions.

Islanders will continue to be encouraged to spend more time at home than normal, including working from home wherever possible, to help continue to suppress the spread of COVID-19. You should continue to adhere to general public health guidelines including maintaining strict two-metre physical distancing when outside the home wherever possible.

From 20 May, indoor workplaces are permitted to open, within strict guidelines as published

From 28 May, there is no longer a time limit on how long you can spend outside your home underpinned by law. Islanders are encouraged to continue staying at home when possible, including working from home, to continue to suppress the spread of COVID-19 within Jersey.

People who are severely vulnerable to serious complications of COVID-19 (those with serious underlying medical conditions, who will have been contacted individually by their GP) are still advised to shield themselves.

People vulnerable, but not 'severely vulnerable' to serious complications of COVID-19 (those with less severe medical conditions), continue to be advised to be especially careful when outside the home. The guidance no longer categorises over 65s by default into this vulnerable group, but they should still rigorously follow public health guidelines.

The move through Level 3 will allow for some phased increases in business trading in certain circumstances, if two-metre physical distancing can be maintained and all hygiene, health and safety requirements are met.

From Monday 11 May:

  • Islanders may be outside their homes for up to 6 hours in total each day and may meet outside with 5 people, per day, who are not from their household
  • restaurants and cafés can operate physically-distanced outdoor seated food service
  • open air recreational sites can welcome visitors, excluding their indoor enclosed areas (except for purposes of entry and exit)
  • large, non-essential retail shops are also able to reopen (those with a retail sales area of at least 700 square metres), provided they maintain two-metre physical distancing.
From 18 May 2020, the following non-essential business are also permitted to open within published guidelines:
  • All retail premises (i.e. those with a retail sales area of under 700 square metres) including outdoor and indoor markets and auction houses and retail premises associated with estate agents 

About our Safe Exit Framework

The Government is pursuing a strategy to delay and suppress the spread of coronavirus, contain it where cases occur, and to shield the vulnerable from it. The primary goal is to flatten the epidemic curve. The second is to exit this pandemic as quickly as we can safely do. 

This safe exit framework is determined by the Government and specifies the public health and social measures to be taken at each level as we seek to progress through the pandemic as safely as possible.

The framework is based on evidence available up to 11 May 2020. The measures may be updated based on new scientific knowledge about COVID-19, information about the effectiveness of control measures in Jersey and overseas, or the direction of travel (for example the application may be different if there is a surge of cases and Jersey needs to tighten up a level rather than relax a level).

Public Health Policy for a safe exit from COVID-19 pandemic

Print version of the Safe Exit Framework

A detailed statement of the measures to be introduced at each level, and supporting guidelines, will be published prior to the start of levels 3, 2 and 1. Where guidelines are mentioned below, they will be published by the Government in due course.

Any requirements placed on business in this framework are additional to usual regulatory and health and safety obligations.

We are at Level 3 of the Safe Exit Framework

Summary of Level 4 (applied until Monday 11 May)

Level 4 applied until 7.59am on Monday 11 May 2020

General public health measures

Wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel throughout the day. 

Catch your cough or sneeze in a tissue, bin it and wash your hands. If you don't have a tissue, cough into your elbow and avoid touching your face. 

Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.

Cloth masks are advised, especially in enclosed public spaces such as shops and on public transport (for staff and customers).

If you have flu-like symptoms, stay or go home immediately and call the Helpline on +44 (0) 1534 445566.

Keep 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household. 

Test

Increasing capacity to enable testing of all potential cases of COVID-19 (clinically judged to be displaying relevant symptoms). Stratified sample testing will be carried out to inform our understanding of the prevalence of the virus in Jersey over time.

Trace

Enhanced contact tracing capacity, enabling tracing of all confirmed and probable new cases of COVID-19

Isolate

Home isolation for confirmed cases:

  • household/self isolation for people who are symptomatic or who’ve been in contact with confirmed cases
  • self-isolation for anyone arriving into Jersey (unless by very limited exception)

Enforced quarantine for individuals with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 who do not have sufficient capacity to self-isolate effectively, or choose not to do so.

Personal movement

Stay at Home order in place. No movements outside home except for essential shopping, medical care, exercise (2 hours per day).

People severely vulnerable to severe illness from COVID-19 (those with serious underlying medical conditions) should shield themselves.

People vulnerable to illness from COVID-19 (those with less severe medical conditions and those over 65, see definition on gov.je) are advised to be especially careful when outside the home. They may work, if they agree with their employer that they can do so safely.

Shielding the vulnerable from coronavirus

From Saturday 2 May:

  • you can spend up to 4 hours outside the home 
  • you can spend time outside your home doing necessary shopping, for medical needs or providing care, and any form of safe outdoors activity (not just exercise) as long as you maintain physical distancing. You are encouraged to spend time outdoors. Avoid risky activities that may result in accidents and create pressure on health services
  • You can spend your time outside with people you live with, and up to 2 people you don't live with as well, as long as you maintain physical distance with those you don't live with. For the purposes of this scenario, this can be one household plus a maximum of 2 other people.

Gatherings

No gatherings, marriages by exception, and strict limits on funeral attendance.

From Saturday 2 May:

You can spend your time outside with people you live with, and up to 2 people you don't live with as well, as long as you maintain physical distance with those you don't live with.

People should still not meet others inside their own home or go into others' homes for social purposes.

Education and childcare

All schools and colleges closed, except for children of critical workers.

Children under 18 are able to move between the care and households of separated parents, with tailored guidance provided. 

On-island travel

All forms of on-island transport permitted, with physical distancing and hygiene measures in place.

Off-island business measures

People should not travel on and off island unless essential (for example, for essential work, medical or compassionate grounds).

Upon arrival into Jersey, people must isolate for 14 days unless government permission granted.

Information leaflets on arrival. Hand sanitizer should be available and prominent in all entry ports.

General business measures

Essential work is permitted, with organisations requested to keep staffing at minimum levels and enable working from home wherever possible, with strict physical distancing and hygiene (as above).

Non-essential work permitted in groups of up to 2 people working and travelling together, with strict physical distancing and hygiene (as above).

Any work requiring entry to an occupied private household is discouraged unless absolutely necessary (for example emergency repairs, or caring for a vulnerable person), with guidelines provided.

Retail

Essential retailers requested to keep staffing at minimum levels, with strict physical distancing and hygiene (as above).

Non-essential retailers required to close. Up to 2 people can work together on premises and in public to enable the business to continue to trade as an online business.

Legal and financial sectors

Legal sector scheme and financial services scheme apply, defining lockdown restrictions in the sector contexts.

Construction

Construction sites are able to operate if permitted via the new construction scheme, which requires strict public health measures to be in place. The construction scheme is anticipated to continue throughout each level of the safe exit framework. 

Hospitality (food, drink and hotels)

Restaurants, cafés, public houses, wine bars and other drinking establishments, or other food and drink establishments including within hotels and members’ clubs required to close.

Food delivery and takeaway permitted, with delivery preferred while maintaining physical distancing.

Other leisure business and venues

Non-essential venues / premises where gatherings may occur closed. Further guidance will be issued.

We are at Level 3 of the Safe Exit Framework

Summary of Level 3

General public health measures

Wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel throughout the day. 

Catch your cough or sneeze in a tissue, bin it and wash your hands. If you don't have a tissue, cough into your elbow and avoid touching your face. 

Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces, especially toilet facilities.

Cloth masks are advised, especially in enclosed public spaces such as shops and on public transport (for staff and customers).

If you have flu-like symptoms, stay or go home immediately and call the Helpline on +44 (0) 1534 445566.

Keep 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household. 

Test

Increasing capacity to enable testing of all potential cases of COVID-19 (clinically judged to be displaying relevant symptoms). Stratified sample testing will be carried out to inform our understanding of the prevalence of the virus in Jersey over time.

Trace

Enhanced contact tracing capacity, enabling tracing of all confirmed and probable new cases of COVID-19

Isolate

Home isolation for confirmed cases:

  • household/self isolation for people who are symptomatic or who’ve been in contact with confirmed cases
  • self-isolation for anyone arriving into Jersey (unless by very limited exception)

Enforced quarantine for individuals with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 who do not have sufficient capacity to self-isolate effectively, or choose not to do so.

Personal movement

From Monday 11 May, you can be outside your home for up to 6 hours each day in total, and in the following circumstances, observing physical distancing and hygiene at all times:

  1. when you need to shop, which should be as infrequently as possible
  2. for daily safe outdoor activity. This can include for example exercising, caring for animals, relaxing and eating on beaches or in parks
  3. for any medical needs, including providing care to others.

Later in Level 3, if COVID-19 remains under control, these restrictions on personal movement will be fully lifted. This decision will be based on medical advice and the latest data.

People who are vulnerable to COVID-19

For people with certain medical conditions, and for people of older ages, there are additional risks if you become infected with COVID-19. 

During Level 3, if you are regarded as vulnerable to serious complications of COVID-19, you are encouraged to continue to limit contact with people you don’t live with to reduce the likelihood of becoming infected.

Everyone’s situation is different, and if you are regarded as vulnerable to serious complications of COVID-19, you need to make a personal choice about the extent to which you wish to continue to shield yourself from becoming infected, by staying at home and limiting physical contact. You should talk with your GP or consultant if you need help understanding your own levels of risk, in the context of your own personal situation.

The general advice continues to be:

  • those people who are in the ‘severely vulnerable’ group because of their much higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 (those with serious underlying medical conditions, see definition on gov.je) are strongly encouraged to continue to shield themselves at home
  • people vulnerable, but not ‘severely vulnerable’ to serious complications of COVID19 (those with less severe medical conditions) are advised to follow general public health measures but to be especially careful to do so, especially when outside the home. If you work, you may choose to attend your workplace if you agree with your employer that you can do so safely. You may also choose to take medical advice to inform this decision. As for the population generally, those able to work from home should continue to do so.

Shielding the severely vulnerable from coronavirus

Gatherings

No gatherings, marriages by exception, and strict limits on funeral attendance (maximum 10 people).

You should continue to limit social contact to help restrict the spread of COVID-19.

However, as an individual and or as a household, you can meet with up to 5 other people a day (individuals or a household group containing a maximum of 5 people), as long as a physical distance of 2 metres is maintained between all those that do not live together. 

If you have a garden large enough, you can have up to 5 people you don’t live with visit you in your garden.

People should still not meet others inside their own home or go into others' homes for social purposes.

You can go into someone’s home to care for them but must follow the advice

Education and childcare

All schools and colleges remain closed, except for children of critical workers.

Children under 18 are able to move between the care and households of separated parents, with tailored guidance provided. 

On-island travel

All forms of on-island transport permitted, with physical distancing and hygiene measures in place. A limited bus service is in operation.

People are discouraged from ride sharing in private vehicles with people from outside their household.

Off-island travel

People should not travel on and off island unless essential (for example, for essential work, medical or compassionate grounds).

Upon arrival into Jersey, people must isolate for 14 days unless government permission granted.

Information leaflets on arrival. Hand sanitizer should be available and prominent in all entry ports.

General business measures

Where a businesses and organisation is permitted to open, staffing on the premises should be maintained at the minimum viable level with staff working from home wherever possible.

Non-essential business that operate outdoors, or away from its own premises (e.g., gardening, window cleaning, pool cleaning), can continue to provide services with no more than 6 people gathered at one time and you are able to enforce strict physical distancing at all times. 

Non-essential indoor work permitted in groups of up to 2 people working with strict physical distancing and hygiene.

Some additional non-essential businesses are permitted to open from the 11 May if they can operate within published guidelines: 

  • outdoor recreational sites, facilities and services
  • cafés and restaurants, for the purpose of offering safe outdoor seated food service
  • large shops (with a retail sales area of at least 700 square metres)

Detailed guidelines are provided to enable these businesses and organisations to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19 as they open and operate.

From the 18 May 2020 additional retail was allowed to open.

Work requiring entry to an occupied private household is possible under strict guidelines (for example emergency repairs, or caring for a vulnerable person). Property viewings are permitted, with strict guidelines (Associated retail premises were permitted to open from 18 May 2020).

Businesses must not offer services that involve close personal contact, unless it is an essential service, emergency or urgent situation.

Retail

Large retail (larger than 700 square metres) were able to open on May 11, subject to strict physical distancing and hygiene guidelines.

People are advised to wear cloth masks in indoor open spaces such as shops and markets (staff and customers).

Measures to be introduced to facilitate physical distancing in retail areas.

Non-essential shops with a retail sales area of less than 700sq.m are able to open on 18 May, these include shops, indoor and outdoor markets, auction houses and retail assosiated with estate agents.

Legal and financial sectors

Legal sector scheme and financial services scheme apply, defining lockdown restrictions in the sector contexts. These include retail banking call centres.

Construction

Construction sites are able to operate if permitted via the construction scheme, which requires strict public health measures to be in place. The construction scheme is anticipated to continue throughout each level of the safe exit framework. 

Hospitality (food, drink and hotels)

Restaurants, cafés and other food establishments able to offer a physically distanced outdoor seated food service can open, subject to guidelines.

Reservation-only service strongly encouraged. Alcoholic beverages may be sold with meals, but a drinks-only service is not permitted (even if outdoors). Pubs and bars should remain closed unless they offer meals. Strict physical distancing and hygiene measures required for both staff and customers.

Food delivery and takeaway permitted, with delivery preferred while maintaining physical distancing.

Other leisure business and venues

Non-essential venues or premises where gatherings may occur closed. Further guidance will be issued. Some outdoor non-essential venues or premises where gatherings may occur may open subject to guidelines and providing they enable strict physical distancing and hygiene.

Summary of Level 2

General public health measures

Wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel throughout the day. 

Catch your cough or sneeze in a tissue, bin it and wash your hands. If you don't have a tissue, cough into your elbow and avoid touching your face. 

Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.

Cloth masks are advised, especially in enclosed public spaces such as shops and on public transport (for staff and customers).

If you have flu-like symptoms, stay or go home immediately and call the Helpline on +44 (0) 1534 445566.

Keep 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household. 

Test

Increasing capacity to enable testing of all potential cases of COVID-19 (clinically judged to be displaying relevant symptoms). Stratified sample testing will be carried out to inform our understanding of the prevalence of the virus in Jersey over time.

Trace

Enhanced contact tracing capacity, enabling tracing of all confirmed and probable new cases of COVID-19

Isolate

Home isolation for confirmed cases:

  • household/self isolation for people who are symptomatic or who’ve been in contact with confirmed cases
  • self-isolation for anyone arriving into Jersey (unless by very limited exception)

Enforced quarantine for individuals with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 who do not have sufficient capacity to self-isolate effectively, or choose not to do so.

Personal movement

People asked to stay home wherever possible including working from home.

Strict physical distancing continues to be required at all times outside your own home.

People severely vulnerable to severe illness from COVID-19 (those with serious underlying medical conditions) will be provided with information and support to decide how to balance wellbeing and shielding. 

People vulnerable to illness from COVID-19(those with less severe medical conditions)are advised to be especially careful when outside the home. They may work, if they agree with their employer that they can do so safely.

Shielding the severely vulnerable from coronavirus

Gatherings

You can spend time outdoors with people you live with only, or with up to 10 people you don't live with, as long as you maintain physical distance with those you don't live with.

Funeral and marriage guidelines remain the same.

People should still not meet others inside their own homes or go inside others' homes for social purposes.

Education and childcare

A detailed plan for the opening of schools, colleges and nurseries is under development. It will be staged to align to levels 2 and 1 of this framework, and responsive to businesses opening.

On-island travel

All forms of on-island transport permitted, with strict physical distancing and hygiene (as above). Hand sanitizer should be available and prominent.

People are discouraged from ride sharing in private vehicles with people outside their own household.

Off-island travel

People are permitted to travel on and off island as and when commercial travel becomes available.

Requirement to isolate upon arrival will be reviewed.

Information leaflets on arrival. Hand sanitizer should be available and prominent in all entry ports.

General business measures

Businesses should enable working from home as the default operating model wherever that is possible

Businesses with evidenced mitigation plans can re-open fully, maintaining strict physical distancing and hygiene (as above) and following sector-specific guidance.

Work requiring entry to an occupied private household is possible under strict guidelines (for example, emergency repairs, or caring for a vulnerable person). Property viewings are permitted, with strict guidelines.

Healthcare and dental practices may resume, following professional body guidelines. 

Other services that involve close personal contact may begin to open where they are able to follow strict sector-specific guidelines (for example, hairdressers, barbers, beauty and nail salons, including piercing and tattoo parlours, laser and cosmetic clinics delivering non-essential cosmetic treatments).

Retail

All retail permitted to open, subject to strict physical distancing and hygiene guidelines.

People are advised to wear cloth masks in indoor open spaces such as shops and markets (staff and customers).

Measures to facilitate physical distancing in retail areas maintained.

Legal and financial sectors

General business measures apply.

Construction

Construction sites are able to operate if permitted via the construction scheme, which requires strict public health measures to be in place. The construction scheme is anticipated to continue throughout each level of the safe exit framework. 

Hospitality (food, drink and hotels)

Restaurants, cafés and other food establishments able to offer a physically-distanced indoor or outdoor seated food service can open, subject to guidelines. 

Reservation-only service strongly encouraged. Alcoholic beverages may be sold with food, but a drinks-only service is not permitted (even if outdoors). Pubs and bars should remain closed unless they offer meals. Strict physical distancing and hygiene measures required for both staff and customers. Venues to close by 10pm.

Food delivery and takeaway permitted, with delivery preferred while maintaining physical distancing.

Other leisure business and venues

Libraries, community centres, youth centres, places of worship, museums and galleries, cinemas, theatres and concert venues, arcades and bowling alleys can open, with strict physical distancing and hygiene.

Business premises of services that involve close personal contact may open, where they are able to follow strict sector-specific guidelines. 

Summary of Level 1

General public health measures

Wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel throughout the day. 

Catch your cough or sneeze in a tissue, bin it and wash your hands. If you don't have a tissue, cough into your elbow and avoid touching your face. 

Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.

Cloth masks are advised, especially in enclosed public spaces such as shops and on public transport (for staff and customers).

If you have flu-like symptoms, stay or go home immediately and call the Helpline on +44 (0) 1534 445566.

Keep 1 metre apart from anyone outside your household (especially on public transport). 

Test

Increasing capacity to enable testing of all potential cases of COVID-19 (clinically judged to be displaying relevant symptoms). Stratified sample testing will be carried out to inform our understanding of the prevalence of the virus in Jersey over time.

Trace

Enhanced contact tracing capacity, enabling tracing of all confirmed and probable new cases of COVID-19

Isolate

Home isolation for confirmed cases:

  • household/self isolation for people who are symptomatic or who’ve been in contact with confirmed cases
  • self-isolation for anyone arriving into Jersey (unless by very limited exception)

Enforced quarantine for individuals with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 who do not have sufficient capacity to self-isolate effectively, or choose not to do so.

Personal movement

Strict physical distancing continues to be required at all times.

People severely vulnerable to severe illness from COVID-19 (those with serious underlying medical conditions) will be provided with information and support to decide how to balance wellbeing and shielding.

People vulnerable to illness from COVID-19 (those with less severe medical conditions) are advised to be especially careful when outside the home. They may work, if they agree with their employer that they can do so safely. 

Shielding the severely vulnerable from coronavirus

Gatherings

You can spend time outdoors with people you live with only, or with up to 25 people you don't live with, as long as you maintain physical distance with those you don't live with

Funeral and marriage guidelines remain the same.

Sports events may resume under controlled circumstances with no spectators.  

Small gatherings of up to 10 (including adults and children) allowed in private homes.

Education and childcare

A detailed plan for the opening of schools, colleges and nurseries is under development. It will be staged to align to levels 2 and 1 of this framework, and responsive to businesses opening.

On-island travel

All forms of on-island transport permitted, with strict physical distancing and hygiene.

Hand sanitizer should be available and prominent.

Off-island travel

People are permitted to travel on and off-island.

Requirement to isolate upon arrival will depend on risk level in the origin people have travelled from.

Information leaflets on arrival. Hand sanitizer should be available and prominent in all entry ports.

General business measures

Businesses can begin to step down working from home as the default operating model as required.

Businesses should maintain physical distancing and hygiene.

Businesses offering services that involve close personal contact should continue to follow professional and sector-specific guidelines.

Retail

All retail permitted to open, with strict physical distancing and hygiene.

People are encouraged to wear cloth masks in indoor open spaces such as shops and markets.

Measures to facilitate physical distancing in retail areas maintained.

Legal and financial sectors

General business measures apply.

Construction

Construction sites are able to operate if permitted via the construction scheme, which requires strict public health measures to be in place. The construction scheme is anticipated to continue throughout each level of the safe exit framework. 

Hospitality (food, drink and hotels)

Businesses able to offer a physically-distanced seated service can reopen, including pubs and bars, subject to guidelines.  All pubs, bars, restaurants and night-time venues to close by 10pm.

Strict physical distancing and hygiene measures required for both staff and customers. Where this is not possible, the business should remain closed.

Food delivery and takeaway permitted, with delivery preferred while maintaining physical distancing.

Hotels, hostels, B&Bs, boarding houses, lodging houses, self-catering vacation accommodation, caravan parks and campsites can open, subject to guidelines.

Other leisure business and venues

All venues permitted to open, with strict physical distancing and hygiene.


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