Jersey restaurants and hotels reopen in the latest relaxation of lockdown restrictions

Restaurants and hotels can welcome back customers under government guidance. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Jersey restaurants and hotels can reopen today (Monday 22 February) in the latest relaxation of coronavirus restrictions.

Food and drink venues are able to welcome back customers under social distancing and group limits.

Hotels in the island can also open for staycation visitors and travellers that need to quarantine.

Government guidance for restaurants and hotels reopening:

Masks

Face coverings must be worn, except when eating, drinking or staying in your hotel room.

Group limit

A maximum of 10 people per table, which can include different households.

Distancing

Two metre social distancing must be observed at all times.

Alcohol

Alcohol can only be served with a main meal.

Last orders

Last orders will be at 10pm.

Customers are also asked to provide their details for contact tracing, regularly sanitise or wash their hands and to stay at a table for no more than two and a half hours when eating a meal.

Staff should wear and regularly change masks and routinely clean all surfaces.

Guidance for customers and businesses on hospitality safety measures was issued last week.

This is a big step in our reconnection strategy, and welcome news for many businesses who have been affected by the pandemic. I am pleased we can take these next steps and I can reassure islanders and businesses that the government is working closely with the industry to ensure they have all the support and information they need.

Senator Lyndon Farnham, Jersey's Deputy Chief Minister

Meanwhile leaders in the hospitality sector warn that while businesses must do all they can to keep the public safe, customers also have an individual responsibility to keep to the rules.

At the end of the day, the personal guidance still needs to be followed by everyone who wishes to use our industry. There needs to be some real conscious thought by everyone about how they do move into hotels, restaurants, bars etcetera and making sure they don't breach the guidance and that they follow the rules very carefully.

Simon Soar, Jersey Hospitality Association

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