New rules in Guernsey: Here is what you can do

Guernsey has entered a new phase of its lockdown exit strategy today (30 May), meaning more businesses are open and some restrictions have been eased.

Chief Minister, Gavin St Pier, has been clear in his message that "lockdown is not over", but for many islanders today will mark a further progression to some level of normality.

  • Shops, hairdressers and restaurants are now reopening

Many businesses that can safely reopen have done so. No more dreaded lockdown haircuts, gyms are now operating and food is being served.

From Monday, pubs will also reopen, though people will not be able to mingle with others or stand at the bar.

You may find you are asked to provide your name and contact information in cafes, restaurants, bars, hairdressers and beauty salons. This is to help with contact tracing should someone test positive for coronavirus.

Nightclubs are among the businesses that remain closed.

  • Non essential travel allowed

Non essential travel is now allowed, but if you travel into the Bailiwick you must self isolate for 14 days.

Anyone caught breaking the rule could be arrested or fined up to £10,000.

  • Competitive sport starts again

Guernsey has become the first place in the British Isles to see the return of competitive sports.

Whilst contact sports are not allowed, many other sports are going ahead.

Today, cricketers were back out playing and cyclists racing. Social distancing and hygiene measures still have to be maintained.

  • Gatherings

You can now have gatherings of up to 30 people, so long as people can socially distance.

The States of Guernsey has asked people to think carefully before large groups of people have been invited to an event.

It recommends keeping a list of all those attending and make sure people do not come if they feel unwell.