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Update from Chamber 05/05/2020

May 05, 2020

Welcome friends to the Tuesday 5th of May edition of the nightly round up. 

One day down and only two more until four days off for most of us.

Plenty to talk about and squeeze in today, so onwards and head-long into the news…


Key milestone reached at Nightingale Wing

The construction of the Jersey General Hospital’s temporary Nightingale Wing at Millbrook Playing Field has reached a key milestone on time and within budget.


And few words from Marc Burton of J3 too:

“33 days after our first conversation, 25 days after starting on site, today we handed over a 180 bed functional hospital to HCS and GoJ in their fit against Covid 19.

An unbelievable experience and effort by all involved. Great working relationships and friendships built with a lifetime of memories. We have had 541 operatives in site, with 510 being locally resident people, employing 89 sub-contractors and suppliers, 83 being local. We have consumed 3,280 breakfast rolls, 800 litres of milk, 1,400 evening meals, 3,988 pack lunches which has feed our army enabling us to finish this essential project on time.

Quite an unbelievable effort and on behalf of J3 thank you to each and every person involved in the project. It was an honour and a privilege to be involved.”

Well done to all

Minister for Health and Social Services signs Coronavirus Orders, amending restrictions in force

On Friday evening, after consulting the Medical Officer of Health, the Minister for Health and Social Services has made two orders amending existing coronavirus-related restrictions in Jersey.

The COVID-19 (Restricted Movement) (Amendment – Exemptions) (Jersey) Order 2020 makes changes to the existing Stay at Home instruction.

And, The COVID-19 (Restricted Trading) (Jersey) Order 2020 assists in slowing the spread of coronavirus transmission in the Island by restricting which businesses may trade until 11 May 2020.

For the clarity of many – the order restricts some from opening but also gives clarity on the one’s that can open…

ii) Premises which may open to the public for certain purposes are:

a) boarding houses, caravan parks, camping grounds and hostels for the purpose of accommodating permanent residents of the boarding house, caravan park, camping ground or hostel;

b) commercial accommodation for the purpose of accommodating (including providing food and beverages to persons using the accommodation to consume in their room) persons who are employed or contracted to work in Jersey for a purpose relating to the Covid-19 outbreak;

c) community centres for the purpose of providing services, free of charge, to assist vulnerable members of the public, such as food banks, blood donations or services providing for the needs of homeless people;

d) food and drink premises for the purpose of selling food or beverages for persons to consume off premises;

e) golf courses for the purpose of allowing access to open spaces to be used for the purpose of playing golf;

f) markets for the purpose of enabling food and drink premises and permitted shops to open for the purpose specified in subparagraphs (d) and (g) respectively;

g) * ‘permitted shops’ for the purpose of selling the goods and merchandise ordinarily sold by those shops;

h) places of public worship for the purpose of conducting a funeral service or facilitating the formation of a marriage.

* iii) ‘Permitted shop’ means any of the following types of retail premises:

a) dry cleaning premises, being premises used for providing dry cleaning services to members of the public;

b) garden centres, being premises the principal purpose of which is the retail sale of plants and landscaping and gardening supplies and equipment;

c) hardware and building supply shops, being premises the principal purpose of which is the sale or hire of goods and materials, such as household fixtures, timber, tools, paint, wallpaper, plumbing supplies and the like, that are used in the construction and maintenance of buildings and adjacent outdoor areas;

d) newsagents, being premises the principal purpose of which is the retail sale of newspapers, cards and magazines;

e) off-licences, being premises holding a licence of the sixth category (referred to as an ‘Off-Licence’) under the Licensing (Jersey) Law 1974;

f) pharmacies and chemists;

g) post offices;

h) service or fuel stations (including heating fuel retailers), being premises used for the retail sale of fuels and lubricants for motor vehicles, whether or not the premises is also used for the ancillary retail sale of spare parts and accessories or general merchandise, or the cleaning of motor vehicles;

i) specialist bicycle sale and repair shops, being premises used for the sale, hire and repair of bicycles and the like;

j) specialist mobile phone retailers, being premises used for the retail sale of mobile phones and mobile phone accessories;

k) specialist office supply shops, being premises used for the retail sale of office supplies such as stationery, printers, computers and other office accessories;

l) specialist pet shops, being premises used for the retail sale of pet supplies;

m) supermarkets and corner shops, being premises the principal purpose of which is the sale of groceries and foodstuffs to provide for the day-to-day needs of members of the public, and may include ancillary services such as a post office or dry cleaning;

n) vehicle repair premises, being premises used for the purpose of carrying out repairs to, or the selling and fitting of accessories to, vehicles, boats, agricultural machinery and the like;

o) vehicle sales or hire premises, being premises used for the display, sale or hire of motor vehicles, caravans, boats, trailers, agricultural machinery and the like, whether or not accessories are sold or displayed on the premises.

iv) Nothing prevents the use of business premises: 

a) to provide services, free of charge, to assist vulnerable members of the public, such as food banks, blood donations or services providing for the needs of homeless people; or

b) to provide accommodation (including providing food and beverages to persons using the accommodation to consume in their room) to a person accessing a public service (including emergency accommodation) whether provided by the Government of Jersey, a private provider or a non-profit organisation.

Philanthropic donations support Healthcare system

The Bailiff’s Covid-19 fund has already received £1.2 million since it was launched by the Bailiff, Mr Timothy Le Cocq, earlier this month.

Deputy Kirsten Morel has lodged a Proposition calling the Government to spend on island as a preference

Protecting Livelihoods is a key priority in the Government of Jersey’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic and this proposition is designed to enhance the protection of those livelihoods in a simple and highly effective manner – by ensuring that Jersey taxpayers’ money is spent within Jersey, thereby providing an economic stimulus that will enhance the Island’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Putting Jersey businesses first [P.56/2020]


Inkblot creative

On 11th May they start their first ever, full length online course - Sell your story: How to communicate with your customers & colleagues (

Jacqui says “Members will receive 3-hour long classes and a live Q&A session with me, every week for 5 weeks. Before I created this course, I asked my social media followers what they were struggling with most in their communications and they said

🌟 It's hard to know how to build great messaging

🌟 Selling online feels a bit weird and hard

🌟 Communicating with colleagues (especially in hard times) can be confusing

🌟 And then there's all the different channels to make sense of too.

So, this is what I’m going to cover in the 5 weeks.

I’ve intentionally priced the course very low for the amount of learning because I know a lot of businesses are struggling at the moment - it costs £115 so works out at about £6.50 an hour”

Email Jacqui quick… [email protected]

PBS Supplies Masks and more

With the Government announcing the phased approach to lifting restrictions it is important to plan a safe working environment at the office.

If your business is planning to re-open and you need advice on how to do that safely and understand what measures you can put in place to protect your employees and customers, please contact our specialist team. We are on hand to discuss your needs and options.

We also have a range of products which meet Government standards that can support you with the re-opening of your business including Sanitising Gel, Wipes, Gloves, Masks and Protective Screens.

For more information please contact us on 01534 761400 or e-mail on [email protected]

Public waste facilities to reopen following relaxation of lockdown

If you’ve been tidying up lots and need to clear away a few things, the news you’ve been waiting for.

Wednesday, 6 May - Thursday 7 May 8am – 4pm: HRRC at La Collette reopens. Household green waste reception and commercial sites open

Friday, 8 May and Saturday, 9 May (Bank Holidays) Closed: All sites at La Collette

From Sunday, 10 May onwards, sites will be open Wednesdays to Sundays, 8am to 4pm, and closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Important customer information:

Only one person per car

Expect delays of more than 1 hour - Updates on queue times will be given on social media

Please be considerate to staff - customers will need to unload their vehicles themselves - coronavirus precautions mean that staff cannot help

social distancing is required at all times

please keep your time on site to 10 minutes by loading your vehicle in a way that is easy to unload (i.e. all electricals together, all paper together)

no trailers at the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre (HRRC), and anyone with a large load must make an appointment

no commercial vehicles – household vehicles only


And as we eye up Liberation Day a little differently… my favourite bit.

Food and Drink

Toast to Liberation 75 in the comfort of your own home with a celebration Afternoon Tea for two including wine from The Farm House. You can treat yourself or order as a gift for a friend. Available until Sunday 24th May! Afternoon Tea for Two £29 includes:

Finger sandwiches on white bread: Egg & Cress, Cheese & Ham, Chicken mayonnaise

2 fruit scones with butter & strawberry jam & 2 pots cream cheese & 2 pots whipped cream

4 flavoured macaroons & selection of mini cake treats (contents may vary)

2 flavoured tea bags and 50cl bottle of Chardonnay *Swap for 2 x 200ml bottles of Prosecco for an additional £4 (telephone orders only)

The Farm House can also write a personalised message on the box for your loved one too, just let us know when placing your order! TO ORDER please call The Farm House on 861697 or order online at On Liberation Day, Saturday 9th May, deliveries will run from 12pm – 8pm. Available for delivery island wide.

Now I’m hungry, so be off with you until tomorrow when we rather quickly reach the middle of the week – doesn’t time fly? A phrase I can endorse, on being reminded that today is my 2nd anniversary in the ‘new job’ here at Chamber. Where did those two years go?

Stay safe and stay in touch,


Murray Norton

Chief Executive


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