The Competent Authority Ministers have agreed changes to measures within the COVID-19 Reconnection Roadmap, following the advice from the Scientific and Technical Advisory Cell (STAC).
From Friday 30 April, normal opening hours will resume in restaurants and bars. This is earlier than previously planned.
From 10 May, Jersey will enter Stage 6 of the Reconnection Roadmap, with new measures allowing:
- up to 50 people to attend a wedding reception, as opposed to just a marriage ceremony, in a private garden
- saunas and jacuzzis to reopen
The limit of 50 people in a private garden does not apply to gardens or outdoor spaces which are available for hire for weddings and other events. No limit applies in these locations.
Children aged under 4 years old do not count within the 50-person limit.
Ministers have, however, delayed the proposed reintroduction of stand-up drinking until Stage 7 reconnection on Monday 14 June.
It is intended that from Stage 7, an unlimited number of people will be allowed in homes and gardens, nightclubs will fully reopen, standing drinks will be allowed in all venues and large indoor and outdoor events such as festivals will be permitted.
Minister for Health and Social Services, Deputy Richard Renouf said: “I’m pleased that we have been able to bring the policy surrounding wedding receptions into line with marriage ceremonies. Islanders will be able to enjoy weddings in their own gardens with a greater number of family and friends.
“Islanders will be aware that last month we accelerated other parts of the reconnection roadmap, including increasing gathering limits earlier than planned. As a result, following advice from STAC, it has been decided that we should now delay stand up drinking until Stage 7. This decision will, however, remain under review.
“I would like to thank Islanders for their continued support by adhering to COVID-19 guidelines. It is due to this that we can manage a slow and safe return to normality.”
Islanders can see the measures which will be introduced within each stage of the roadmap online on the Jersey Reconnection Roadmap page on gov.je.
Government of Jersey News Release.