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CCA will not renew emergency regulations when they expire on 17th February

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Wednesday 09 February 2022

End of legal requirement to self-isolate for COVID-19 cases and border restrictions

The Civil Contingencies Authority has today announced that, from 17th February 2022, it will no longer use emergency powers to manage COVID-19 - signalling an end to legally mandated self-isolation for cases and the removal of all border restrictions.

However, the need for vigilance has not disappeared and the Authority is urging the community to continue to act responsibly, particularly regarding the absolute need for people to stay at home if unwell to minimise the risk of outbreaks. All islanders and employers are asked to take this important Public Health message onboard and support it by not only acting responsibly themselves, but also by encouraging everyone around them to do the same.

The CCA decided that it was no longer proportionate or necessary to continue utilising emergency regulations to manage the implications of COVID-19, largely because of the high vaccine uptake amongst the community resulting in very few hospitalisations due to the virus. Furthermore, there is now strong evidence, following the recent Omicron wave, that critical services across the Bailiwick can be maintained, despite having to work through challenges.

In addition to the removal of legally mandated self-isolation and border restrictions, the way the islands will manage the continued impact of COVID-19 from 17th February 2022 includes (these measures will be kept under review):

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Deputy Peter Ferbrache, Chair of the Civil Contingencies Authority, said:

'Today's announcement is hugely significant as it marks the date - 17th February 2022 - when the emergency powers, which have impacted all of our lives in the last two years, will no longer be used for the ongoing management of COVID-19. While we can of course never say never in terms of needing to move backwards and use them again, now is the right time to move the Bailiwick out of an emergency and begin managing COVID-19 without the use of regulations.

'But in order for that to be possible in the long term, we still need the community's support. I know that the vast majority of people in the Bailiwick want to do the right thing and have demonstrated that throughout the pandemic. That must continue if we're going to be successful in moving forwards. Everyone must heed the Public Health advice and we must develop a culture where it is considered unacceptable for someone to be out and about willingly and knowingly spreading their germs if they are unwell. Staying at home if you are unwell is the number one thing we must as a community take away from all that we have learnt in managing this pandemic.'

Dr Nicola Brink, Medical Officer of Health, said:

'We have seen four waves of cases of COVID-19 in the Bailiwick in the last two years and on each occasion we have as a community pulled together. The support of islanders, including the huge take-up of the vaccination programme, has put us in the position where we can now move with confidence towards the ongoing management of the virus outside of emergency regulations. We have said this previously but it is not within our gift to say the pandemic is over; it is for the World Health Organization to make that distinction. But what we can say is that we, in the Bailiwick, are now moving towards treating COVID-19 as an endemic disease. This is a huge step forward for us.

'We have consistently said that nothing is risk-free, and there may well be times in the months ahead where further waves will occur, but right now with the evidence we have this is the right time to further de-escalate the measures in place. It is absolutely essential, however, that the vigilance many islanders have shown around staying at home if unwell remains. In fact, it needs to go further and become ingrained in our culture that it is socially unacceptable to put others at risk by going to work, events or anywhere where you'll be in close proximity with other people, if you're unwell. We will continue pushing this message very proactively going forwards as it is simply the best mechanism to avoid outbreaks.'

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