13 June 2019
The Council of Ministers are proposing that Friday 8 May be added as an extra public holiday in 2020, to recognise the significance of the 75th anniversary of not only Liberation Day, but also Victory in Europe (VE) Day.
Islanders will still have the bank holiday on Monday 4 May, and would now have Friday 8 May as an extra public holiday. Although it falls on a Saturday, Liberation Day, as Jersey’s national day, will remain a public holiday.
Explaining the decision, the Chief Minister, Senator John Le Fondré, said: “The Council of Ministers has decided not to replicate the UK or Guernsey. We have agreed to add an extra day on Friday 8 May as an additional public holiday, subject to the agreement of the States Assembly.
“This will allow islanders to mark the island’s liberation on Saturday, 9 May, as well as VE Day the day before. ”
The extra public holiday is subject to the States Assembly agreeing to the proposal, which will be lodged with the States Assembly next week.