Travel Arrangements in Phase 5C

2nd November 2020

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On Wednesday 28th October, Guernsey moved into Phase 5c of the planned Exit from Lockdown Framework. Phase 5c sees the introduction of testing on arrival for the vast majority of travellers coming into the Bailiwick and four category groups for countries and regions.

Category 1 will be for countries and regions where there is no requirement for any travel restrictions

Category 2 will introduce a category where arrivals coming from countries with a low prevalence of COVID-19 cases (between 0 and 30 cases per 100,000 of population) can enter Guernsey and, provided they take a test on arrival, they would only be required to self isolate until they receive an initial negative result. Once that negative result is confirmed, they will then come under rules for ‘enhanced passive follow-up’.

‘Enhanced passive follow-up’ is described in more detail below. Abiding by ‘enhanced passive follow-up’ requirements will be legally enforceable.

Categories 3 and 4 will also test travellers on arrival and there will be a requirement for arrivals to self-isolate for 7 or 14 days respectively.

What is ‘enhanced passive follow-up’?

In the revised phase 5c, arrivals from Category 2 countries who test negative in their day of arrival test, will then be subject to ‘Enhanced passive follow-up’ rules until their day 7 test. Category 3 arrivals will also be subject to these rules if they test negative on day 7, until day 14.

Enhanced passive follow-up means the person cannot go to indoor venues such as restaurants (including those offering al fresco dining), clubs, cafes, pubs, gyms, swimming pools, theatres or cinemas. They can only go to indoor shops for the purpose of buying essentials such as food or toiletries.

They must not attend any gathering of more than 10 people. If they attend any gatherings of fewer than 10 people, it should be in a room exclusively used by that group with controlled toilet facilities and a record should be kept of those attending for 14 days. They may not use public transport, unless it is a taxi with the appropriate mitigation in place to protect the driver.

Those working in public facing roles (i.e. retail assistants, receptionists, teachers etc) cannot return to work while under enhanced passive follow-up. Other workers should inform their employer to ensure they carry out a risk assessment and put in place any necessary measures.

Children in enhanced passive follow-up must not go to school. Anyone in enhanced passive follow-up is strongly advised to wear a facemask and practice social distancing when they are outside their home, including at work. They should also always observe good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.

Registration with the Travel Tracker

Everyone arriving into the Bailiwick from Wednesday 28 October, including private vessels and aircraft, will need to register their journey on the Travel Tracker. Critical workers, and those who have had a medical or compassionate permit approved will also have to register their journey on the Travel Tracker.

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