Petition Adopt a strategy of COVID-19 elimination in Jersey with border controls/testing.
Due to the timely Island lockdown we have successfully ‘flattened the curve’ giving us a window of opportunity to eliminate COVID-19. This would enable the local economy to resume, protect the most vulnerable and improve the mental health of Islanders whilst avoiding hundreds of unnecessary deaths.
New Zealand and Guernsey have embarked upon this strategy. We are geographically similar and have invested in measures for contact-tracing with potential for digitally-based solutions on the horizon. Border controls and testing would be necessary to maintain elimination and could enable free movement within the Channel Islands if we succeed. Tourism will remain limited due to COVID-19 activity elsewhere but Islanders are more likely to be welcomed abroad if we have eliminated COVID-19.
This response was given on 31 July 2020
Since this petition commenced, the States Assembly has adopted three propositions which set out the detail of the Government's Covid-19 strategy and border policy.
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Since this petition commenced, the States Assembly has adopted P.61/2020, lodged by Deputy Perchard and as amended by the Chief Minister, Deputy Morel and Deputy Pamplin. The proposition, amendments and votes can be viewed here: http://ow.ly/9Luy50AN7ni
The updated Covid-19 strategy, required by P.61, was presented to the States by the Council of Ministers on 3rd June 2020 as R.55/2020 - http://ow.ly/mVzp50AN7oA
The States Assembly has also adopted P.84/2020, lodged by the Council of Ministers and as amended by Deputy Ward and the Scrutiny Liaison Committee. This authorised the commencement of a safer travel period from 3rd July 2020. The proposition, amendments and votes can be viewed here: http://ow.ly/vyil50AN7qM
Further to this, the States Assembly has adopted P.89/2020, lodged by Deputy Young and as amended by the Chief Minister. This proposition sets out further requirements for the operation of the safer travel period. The proposition, amendment and votes can be viewed here: http://ow.ly/tFJP50AN7rB
The Government’s Covid-19 strategy and border policy is clearly set out within these documents.
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