People in Jersey could face a £1,000 fine if they break the two-metre social distancing rule.

The new law is being debated next week, and could see people fined if they disobey an order from a police officer to keep their distance from other people.

It would not apply in people’s homes, gardens or in their workplace.

A parent who doesn’t ensure their child is following the rules could also face a fine, as could under 18s who aren’t with a parent but are gathering with friends.

The Health Minister is asking politicians to approve the new legislation when they meet next week (27 May).

These regulations are intended to help control the transmission of coronavirus by requiring that people remain two metres away from other people who are not in their household, unless they are in a home, garden or workplace. The decision to proceed with that specific restriction follows advice from the Medical Officer of Health.

Deputy Richard Renouf

Although the law will not be enforced in homes, gardens and workplaces, existing physical distancing advice remains.