Restrictions on French visitors fresh blow for Jersey's hospitality industry

People returning from France must now isolate for five days as the country has moved from 'green' to 'amber'. Credit: PA Images/ITV Channel

Hospitality bosses have spoken of the impact that France being re-categorised as an amber country in Jersey's traffic light system will have on the industry.

It moved from green to amber at 00:01 on Sunday 9 August as part of the island's protective plan against Covid-19.

The change means those who return to the island will now be required to undertake two coronavirus tests - one on the day they arrive and another on day five. They must also self-isolate until they get a negative result from both tests.

For the hospitality industry here, new restrictions mean business have been dealt a fresh blow for the last part of the summer season.

Just last week, ITV Channel TV heard how reopening the borders had been absolutely critical for the little season they have had this year. Simon Soar, Head of the Jersey Hospitality Association, said in a statement that although it was a "shame", "we understand the absolute necessity to protect our borders and our island." Hotelier Lawrence Huggler says every booking counts right now.

Meanwhile, the French consul in Jersey fears the new travel restrictions come at a time where Brexit is already posing a threat to the island's relationship with France. Christopher Scholefield also says moving France from green to amber could impact on French businesses operating in the island.