Guernsey is one of the Channel Islands in the English Channel that is located just off the beautiful French coast. The island has been popular with Britons looking for a holiday closer to home. Guernsey is known for its coastal scenery, beach resorts and Castle Cornet, a 13th-century harbor island castle in the capital of St. Peter Port.
But since the coronavirus pandemic hit Europe earlier this year, the island, like many other countries has been quieter than usual.
The pandemic has caused countries across the world including the UK to enforce travel restrictions on arrivals.
From midnight tonight, passengers arriving into Guernsey from some regions in England will have to self-isolate for 14 days.
The States of Guernsey decided to impose the new measures after the UK’s average case rate over a seven-day period surged above 30 cases per 100,000 people last week.
The States of Guernsey has split the UK into Groups A, B and C.
Regions with infection rates below 30 per 100,000 over a seven-day period will remain in Group B.
Arrivals from those regions will be allowed to leave quarantine if they test negative for COVID-19 after being in quarantine for seven days.
The regions in Group A, which entails two weeks in quarantine, are London, the North East, North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, East Midlands, West Midlands, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and Scotland.
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Wales is currently on Guernsey’s “watch list”, according to their website along with Bonaire, Sint Eustatius & Saba, Denmark, Slovakia and Slovenia.
The east of England, South East and South West are all in Group B.
Countries and regions will move into the Group A category if they record more than 30 cases of coronavirus per 100,000 over seven consecutive days.
A Group C country or region is one that “has eliminated COVID-19 or has a comparable prevalence of infection to the Bailiwick, together with a robust and transparent testing strategy.”
So far, the Isle of Man is the only region in Group C.
States of Guernsey’s Twitter page has been providing updates on the UK’s categorisation.
They said today: “Remember, from 00.01 15 Sept (tonight) regional variations for England begin. You need to declare which regions you’ve stopped at throughout your journey.
“The classifications can change at short notice & may impact self-isolation time upon arrival.”
If a person’s travel history is unclear or complex, they will be initially asked to self-isolate for 14 days by the Guernsey Border Agency.
Guernsey reported its first coronavirus case since May on September 7.
The individual was a passenger who has recently come back from the UK.
The person followed travel advice and went into self-isolation.
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