Phase 3 came into force on Saturday 16th May. More non-essential businesses will be able to resume, and four hours of recreation time will remain in place at this time. Up to 4 households may bubble together in total. This may be formed by the joining of two bubbles (already joined) with another two households already previously joined together, or may be formed by the addition of one or two single households with another two-household bubble. Essentially, these four households form one bubble – anything else is outside of that bubble.

Border restrictions remain in place and there is still a legal requirement for anyone returning from outside of the Bailiwick to self-isolate for 14 days. Spot checks will be carried out on those returning to the Island to ensure compliance with compulsory self-isolation.

Office based businesses will be encouraged to continue the majority of activity from home. Formal restrictions on the numbers of people permitted in offices are removed, subject to being able to maintain social distancing of 2 metres. Where appropriate, members of the public may attend office buildings for appointments, subject to prior bookings being made and social distancing being maintained.

Building and other trades are permitted to increase their activity for outdoor work with phase 2 hygiene requirements remaining in place. This means that there are no long restrictions on the number of people working on each site, but 2 metre social distancing and hygiene measures must be maintained.

Indoor building and allied work within houses is permitted under strict hygienic precautions. However, this will be limited to two people unless Health & Safety guidance indicates more than two people are required, for example to lift a heavy object. All indoor work must be carried out away from the occupiers of the household. If the house or premises is unoccupied more workers can be on site, as long as social distancing of 2 metres is maintained unless close contact is required on an ad-hoc basis for Health and Safety reasons – for example lifting a heavy object. Activity within occupied households by a limited number of tradesmen is permitted under strict guidelines unless:

Either those attending the household or anyone resident in it has or has had any symptoms consistent with of COVID-19 within the last 48 hours;

Anyone in the household is under a compulsory isolation order;

Anyone in the household is considered medically vulnerable.

This now includes trades such as carpet fitters, curtain fitters, alarm companies and audio/visual companies. At this time it does not include domestic cleaners and cleaning services.

Building wholesale and supply traders are permitted to increase their activity with continued social distancing measures and phase 2 cleaning and hygiene requirements in place. This means that there are no longer restrictions on the number of people working on each site, but social distancing and hygiene measures must be maintained. Premises may be open to the public with restrictions on the numbers of people permitted as currently applied in food retail. 2 metre social distancing to be maintained at all times.

Certain other premises and non-essential retail will be able to open to the public with restrictions on the numbers of people permitted as currently applied in food retail and subject to maintaining social distancing measures. In the first instance, a pilot would be run for a period of up to two weeks to include:

Bicycle shops

Sports shops

The retail sale of children’s clothes and shoes only

Garden retailers

The initial opening reflects concerns from the community about the availability of clothes and shoes for growing children and to enable individuals to get to work by means other than car or public transport.

Other goods cannot be purchased even if sold from the same retail outlet or in a shared retail space and changing rooms must remain closed. Restrictions on the numbers of people permitted, and strict hygienic precautions, aligned to those in place in supermarkets will apply to all retail outlets. Play areas, cafes and restaurants within retail outlets cannot open in Phase 3.

Takeaway food services are able to operate from the start of Phase 3 between the hours of 9am and 10pm daily, subject to appropriate public health measures. This is dependent on:

If the takeaway food outlet can adhere to a strict 2 metre social distancing in the kitchen that may be subject to inspection by the Office of Environmental Health and Pollution Regulation.

The ability of the business to demonstrate that they are able to adhere to strict hygienic precautions.

The availability of contactless payment as the preferred method of payment.

The availability of a home delivery service with strict adherence to strict hygienic precautions aligned with the current home delivery guidance.

Takeaway collections subject to social distancing and strict hygiene precautions. A pre-ordering system needs to be in place.

Restaurants and hotels may open their kitchens to provide a takeaway service only.

Vehicle servicing and sales (including cars, bikes and marine) businesses may be permitted to increase their activity as restrictions on the maximum number of people working on each site are lifted, but with continued phase 2 cleaning and hygiene requirements in place. 2 metre social distancing must be maintained unless closer contact is required on an ad-hoc basis for Health and Safety reasons, for example, lifting a heavy object. Protocols need to be in place to clean a car after it has been taken for a test drive.

Manufacturing and warehouses may be permitted to enhance their activities as restrictions on the maximum number of people working on each site are lifted, but with continued phase 2 cleaning and hygiene requirements in place. 2 metre social distancing must be maintained, unless closer contact is required on an ad-hoc basis for Health and Safety reasons, for example, lifting a heavy object.

Childminders for children of essential work can begin to operate in the essential worker’s home. There are Guernsey Minimum Standards for Childminders (https://gov.gg/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=106027&p=0) and these must be adhered to. The childminder or nanny has to be a registered person. Usual lockdown rules regarding time outside etc. apply. Parents need to accept there is a risk, albeit low, that infection with COVID-19 could occur with these easing measures.

A childminder/nanny with one household’s children only can work in their own home. This could be one household in addition to their own children as long as strict hygiene can be maintained. A childminder/nanny who works in their own, with several children from more than one household (including their own) cannot work, as this mixes several households, unless the households are ‘bubbled’ together.

All childminders/nannies must have access to appropriate hand washing facilities and hand sanitisers. All childminders/nannies must have evidence of rigorous daily cleaning programmes. This includes any tops or equipment that is being used. All childminders/nannies must provide strong messaging of “Stay at home if you are not well even if only with mild symptoms”.

Libraries, museums and other ‘visitor attractions’ cannot yet reopen. Places of worship may open for individuals to pray by themselves, subject to maintaining social distancing. Congregation services are not allowed. Public toilets can re-open subject to strict cleaning protocols.

4 hours of recreational time remains in place, but families can now go to the beach for a swim with their immediate household or for other forms of exercise, and must maintain 2 metre social distancing from others at all times.

Extended household bubbles cannot yet go out together. The household bubble consisting of two households can now double up again so the bubble now contains four households. This arrangement needs to be reciprocal i.e. all households agree to the arrangement. A single household can also bubble with another double bubble; the important thing here is that no more than 4 households can bubble together on a reciprocal basis. Gatherings permitted in this phase are wedding ceremonies (not receptions) and funerals (not wakes) for a maximum of 10 people only, in addition to officials or celebrants. People who are unwell with COVID-19 symptoms, or are in self-isolation, must not attend. The following needs to be in place for any public venue that re-opens: The ability to keep a 2 metre distance from people who are not in your extended bubble. There are appropriate hand washing facilities and access to hand sanitizers. Access to toilets that have appropriate cleaning processes in place. Regular cleaning of the areas used. A list of those who attended the event to ensure that contact tracing can take place if necessary. After up to two weeks in Phase 3 and subject to evident of continued compliant, further changes may be made within Phase 3.