Coronavirus: Bars and nightclubs to close in Jersey

Bars and nightclubs are to close in Jersey from 8pm this evening (Sunday 22 March).

Ministers say the decision has been made to help stop the spread of coronavirus - and is based on the advice from the island's Medical Officer of Health.

While there has been an overall drop in activity it has not been enough, and we now need all nightclubs and bars to close, as well as any bar facilities in restaurants and pubs.

Dr Ivan Muscat, Jersey’s Medical Officer of Health

Pubs that serve food, and restaurants, can continue to serve alcohol to tables as part of their restaurant service but should close their open bars.

Food and alcohol may only be served to customers seated at tables.

The advice states that any restaurant or pub that serves food must enforce social distancing for staff and customers in both the kitchen and the restaurant.

Further detailed guidelines on social distancing for restaurants can be expected over the next few days.

Ministers say they would like to thank the owners and managers of the nightclubs and bars that have already closed.

The Government says it will work with bar and nightclub owners to support them and their employees, in line with the package of measures announced by the Minister for Economic Development earlier this week.