People travelling to Guernsey from anywhere in the world will have to self-isolate for 14 days, from Thursday 19 March.

The States of Guernsey says a review of the latest epidemiologicalevidence regarding coronavirus and an assessment of agencies and services has resulted in this change of policy.

This new measure includes all travel, by any means including privately owned or chartered vessels and includes travel between the Bailiwicks of Guernsey and Jersey.

However, people will be able to travel within the Bailiwick of Guernsey, between Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm.

An exemption list for "critical roles" to travel for reasons that are essential to the running of the island is being prepared.

As I said on Monday, we will not be afraid to take whatever steps we need to, to help protect the health and welfare of Islanders and our Island infrastructure. These new measures today, along with the advice that all non-essential travel should cease, will help slow the spread of Covid-19 in our community. Everyone has a personal responsibility to take these new measures seriously and self-isolate if required. We will take further steps as and when needed.

Deputy Gavin St Pier, Guernsey's Chief Minister

The decision to insist on self-isolation for anyone entering the Bailiwick for 14 days is a significant change and one which has the potential to impact a number of Islanders. All evidence shows us that if we can contain the virus and prevent community seeding we can lessen the burden on our health and care services.

Deputy Heidi Soulsby, President of the Committee for Health & Social Care

Anyone in self-isolation having entered the Bailiwick who develops symptoms, however mild, of a cough, fever or shortness of breath must ring the coronavirus helpline on 01481 756938 and 01481 756969.