Backlash after Covid exemptions for rugby boss' visit to Guernsey

Warren Gatland
Guernsey's former Chief Minister says he is "uncomfortable" that special Covid exemptions were for the British and Irish Lions Head Coach. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Guernsey's former Chief Minister says he is "uncomfortable" that the British and Irish Lions Head Coach was allowed to visit the island without isolating.

The government gave Warren Gatland permission to visit the island and view its sports facilities without needing to isolate for 14 days, as all other arrivals would.

The team is in talks about using Guernsey - and potentially Jersey - as a training camp this summer.

Now, Deputy Gavin St Pier has taken to social media to share his frustrations about the decision.

Meanwhile a Guernsey businessman has accused the government of "putting money and sport above the island's health and happiness". Dan Meinke who runs boat trips says he was asked to take Gatland out at cost price.

In response, the government said it takes border restrictions "very seriously", but maintained there needs to be some flexibility.

Dr Brink added that this is a process they have used many times during the management of the pandemic where there has been a justifiable need for someone to visit the island.