Friday 28 February 2020
The Director of Public Health has today issued guidance for anyone who is organising or attending sporting or cultural events in view of the evolving situation regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Public Health Services in Guernsey has no current plans to stop any sporting or cultural events being held in the Bailiwick as the possibility of there being an outbreak remains low and there are no positive cases of COVID-19 at this time.
This situation will be regularly reviewed and advice may change at short notice in the rapidly evolving situation.
However, Public Health Services wanted to remind islanders of the recent advice on how to protect yourself from the coronavirus (and indeed any virus) and what to do if you have recently travelled to an affected area.
Dr Nicola Brink, Director of Public Health said:
'This guidance is for the good of the community so that we can stop the spread of COVID-19. We appreciate the help and support of islanders as we try and minimise the spread of any infection in the Bailiwick.
Public Health Services does insist that if a participant or attendee is suspected of having been exposed to, or is exhibiting the symptoms of the coronavirus, they do not attend any events or activities until they are advised they are able to do so having completed the period of self-isolation determined by Public Health Services. COVID-19 is a statutory notifiable disease and we are asking people with a suspected or confirmed infection to self-isolate for the good of our community.
Furthermore, in line with normal good hygiene practices all children with any kind of respiratory symptoms, even if they haven't been to an affected area, should NOT attend events.'
This guidance, along with detailed information and advice, can be found at www.gov.gg/coronavirus