Guernsey's Chief Minister: Strong borders 'best defence' against Covid-19

Deputy Gavin St Pier outlined new measures to prevent the spread of the virus as Guernsey moves into phase four of its lockdown. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Guernsey's Chief Minister says the borders are the Bailiwick's 'best defence' against Covid-19.

In a media briefing, Deputy Gavin St Pier outlined new measures to prevent the spread of the virus as Guernsey moves into phase four of its lockdown.

  • The number of random house checks on those required to isolate will be increased

  • Breaching self isolation rules when arriving in Guernsey will now be an arrestable offence

  • Fines for breaching regulations will rise from £1,000 to a maximum of £10,000

  • As well as individuals, employers and contractors will be liable for lockdown breaches

He warned that lockdown has "changed," but "categorically, it is not over" - and that reopening the Bailiwick to inbound travel would require the UK to "get a firm grip" on the virus.

Until the UK has got a firm grip on Covid-19, and frankly it has got some way to go yet, the borders are our best defence against new cases in the Bailiwick. We intend to ensure they are as strong as they need to be for as long as they need to be until the risks of inbound travel can be properly mitigated and managed.

Deputy Gavin St Pier, Guernsey's Chief Minister

The Chief Minister also warned that the island could end up "going backwards" if the "Guernsey Together spirit" breaks down and islanders fail to follow the measures in place.