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Hairdressers, beauticians and cinemas to reopen in Guernsey from next weekend

Phase Four comes as the island reaches its 22nd consecutive day of no new coronavirus cases. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Hairdressers, beauticians and cinemas can reopen in Guernsey from next weekend.

Guernsey's government has announced that the island will move into phase four of the lockdown exit strategy on Saturday 30 May.

It comes as the island reaches its 22nd consecutive day of no new coronavirus cases.

Guernsey entered phase three on 16 May and have not had any new cases of unexplained community transition since 21 April 2020.

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Number of active cases in the Bailiwick.

The government says there "is clear evidence that the community is working together".

Health and Social Care says it has made the announcement in time to allow businesses to prepare for the new arrangements.

As well as enabling the vast majority of businesses to re-commence operations, including all retail, hairdressers and beauticians, Phase Four will also allow public venues, including museums and cinemas to open, subject to social distancing and hygiene guidelines being followed.

– Deputy Heidi Soulsby, President of the Committee for Health & Social Care
Phase Four enables the above activities to take place providing social distancing is adhered to where possible and cleaning and hand hygiene requirements are met. Credit: Guernsey States

In addition to this, restrictions on contact between households and those outside the household will be lifted. Social distancing and strict hygiene measures must remain in place as they are "more important than ever as we return to a new normal".

Non-essential travel will be allowed providing people self-isolate for 14 days on their return to the Bailiwick.

We are conscious that people are desperate to travel to meet new babies that have been born during lockdown or to see relatives who don’t live in the Bailiwick. I am therefore delighted that we have been able to make this happen now.

– Deputy Heidi Soulsby, Guernsey's President of the Committee for Health & Social Care

Guernsey's Director of Public Health is urging people to continue to come forward and get tested if they think they may have symptoms of the virus.

Adding the that the 'test, trace and quarantine’ strategy remains in place. Dr Brink says "it continues to be effective as evidenced in the lack of new positives and the low number of active cases".

Commencing Phase Four on 30 May 2020 means we will have had 14 days in Phase Three and will be certain of the epidemiology.

I would like to reassure the community that if we see positive cases occurring again they should not panic. It is possible that there may be islanders who have shown no symptoms who have had Covid-19.

We know Islanders have been watching the statistics daily and are waiting for the day that we get to zero. That will indeed be a momentous day.

However, it should not be seen as a failure if we find other positive cases. Indeed, that will be a sign of success in that our ‘test, trace and quarantine’ in identifying cases.

– Dr Nicola Brink, Guernsey's Director of Public Health

Dr Brink says the government has extended the testing programme to "proactively seek" cases by targeting key workers.

Guernsey's Chief Minister says the government will "continue to be lead by the advice of Public Health".

We are currently in a very strong position and have got here much more quickly than we could reasonably have hoped.

We are actively discussing how off-island travel can recommence safely and will update Islanders as soon as we can as plans evolve.

– Deputy Gavin St Pier, Guernsey's Chief Minister
Phase Five is expected to see people return to 'a normal level of activity'. Credit: Guernsey States

Phase Five is expected to see people return to "a normal level of activity" where pubs and clubs can reopen and the people can resume contact sports.

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