Jersey's two-metre distancing to stay for 'immediate future'

Jersey’s two-metre physical distancing rule could be reduced to one metre, but not any time soon according to the medic leading the island’s pandemic planning.

Jersey, like Guernsey and the UK has adopted the two-metre rule, whereas the World Health Organization recommends one metre as a minimum distance.

Dr Ivan Muscat, the Deputy Medical Officer for Health, confirmed to ITV News it was something they will be reviewing, but no imminent changes are planned.

Not at the moment. It may very well be that at some point in the future we do reduce to one metre but we are not going to look so far ahead and we’ve a number of things we need to work on in the immediate future and that has two metre as its physical distancing.

Dr Ivan Muscat, Jersey's Deputy Medical Officer for Health

He added the ongoing testing regime would be key to deciding when to relax the rules.

When or how depends on the monitoring so that is our measuring stick of how we move from one phase to another and at what rate we move from one phase to another.

Dr Ivan Muscat, Jersey's Deputy Medical Officer for Health