Guernsey's government has reviewed the restrictions after the first two weeks, deciding that they should remain in place. They say the measures will remain under constant review.
The decision to extend the lockdown was based on advice from Dr Nicola Brink, Guernsey's Director of Public Health. She says that despite on-island testing being up and running, the government has not yet been able to gather enough data to relax the restrictions.
The clusters we’ve identified in certain care homes in the Island has meant a lot of new testing capacity has been concentrated on these areas. We still need more time to get a real sense of what’s happening more widely in the Island. For now, staying at home is the best way we can stay safe and save lives.
One change to the measures is that non-essential retailers will be able to carry out home deliveries, so long as they follow guidance to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus. All orders must be made on-line or over the phone and businesses will only be able to have two staff on their premises - and they cannot open to the public.
Guernsey's Chief Minister Deputy Gavin St Pier says as well as benefiting islanders' mental health, the government is conscious of the economic impact the lockdown is having on the island.
Our objective has not changed, we must reduce the spread of this infectious disease and make sure our health infrastructure, which includes our frontline nurses, doctors and health and social care workers, are not overwhelmed. The best way we can all do that, and help save lives, is by staying at home. But we know we need to look after people’s physical and mental health and wellbeing. That is why we’re making some allowance now for a wider range of goods to be delivered to Islanders, as it will give us greater choice and more options while we stay at home. Helping more people to work effectively, at home or in a safe environment, will also have in itself a positive impact on our mental health.
The changes will be introduced from midnight on Wednesday 8 April.