Guernsey's government is closing some roads to traffic in St Peter Port to allow islanders more space in the centre of town.

As Guernsey moves into phase four of its lockdown strategy, spaces are being adapted to provide more room for social distancing in town.

  • The Quay

Between 10am on Saturday 30 May and 7am Monday 1 June, The Quay will be closed between the Crown Pier and Fountain Street to allow islanders to enjoy the seafront without traffic and access local businesses in the area.

The government will also consider whether to make these closures during the evenings to help support the night-time economy and wider community.

  • The Lower Pollett and Church Square

The Lower Pollet and Church Square will also close to traffic from 10am on Saturday 30 May through to 7am on Monday 1 June to provide more space for shoppers, with more retailers being able to open as phase four begins.

There will be no access permitted during these times and the States warn that any deliveries or specific visits will need to be managed accordingly.

Blue Badge parking pays and the taxi rank in Church Square will also be relocated temporarily to The Albany on the South Esplanade.

Chief Minister Deputy Gavin St Pier says he hopes that the island can take some of the benefits of lockdown forward.

Lockdown has been incredibly challenging for many of us and we all share an understandable sense of excitement at the progress we have made as GuernseyTogether, with that progress enabling us to move through the phases quicker than expected. But for many, the huge reduction in general movement around our island has been a surprising bonus. Guernsey is a beautiful place and having been able to enjoy the outdoor environments we have been blessed with, without heavy traffic, is something I and colleagues are keen to maintain in some way. The road closures will also help ensure that pedestrians can more easily ensure good social distance from each other.

Deputy Gavin St Pier, Guernsey's Chief Minister

The government says it appreciates that these decisions have been made at short notice and is working with businesses to help them make the most of the opportunity.