Covid Guidance from 25th October 2021

As you will be aware, the States of Guernsey has updated its guidelines in order to protect islanders from COVID-19. The health and safety of our service users, staff and volunteers is paramount, therefore we must ensure that appropriate arrangements are in place to prevent further spread of the virus.

From the 25 October 2021, if you are due to attend a meeting, or hearing please note the following:

In person hearings/meetings: We will be giving careful consideration as to who attends in-person meetings or activities, which we will discuss and confirm with you in advance. The numbers of people attending meetings or hearings will be kept to a minimum and if appropriate a location will be identified in advance to ensure that social distancing can be adopted. If this is somewhere different to our regular offices, we will let you know as soon as we can, bearing in mind that some changes may be required at short notice.

Remote hearings/meetings: Some hearings may be carried out either in part or entirely remotely in order to limit personal contact. We will give careful consideration when making this decision, and we will make you aware if this is the case, providing the relevant login details and secure links. In order to maintain confidentiality, and for the safety of all participants, please do not share these details with external parties.

Social distancing: While there is no legal requirement to exercise social distancing, we understand that some people may still wish to maintain some degree of personal distance. The safest approach is to maintain two metres distance between individuals, in addition to the wearing of face coverings in the building. Windows will remain open whilst our rooms are in use to ensure good air flow.

Symptoms: If you have any of the symptoms listed on the States of Guernsey website, please do not attend any in-person meetings and contact our office via the details below at the earliest convenience to make alternative arrangements.

Self-isolating: If you are required to self-isolate, the Convenor will consider the best way for you to participate. Please contact the Convenor via the details below to make them aware at the earliest convenience.

Lateral flow test: In accordance with Government recommendations, members of the public are being advised to complete two lateral flow tests a week and we would ask that you schedule one of these on the morning prior to your hearing or meeting.  If you receive a positive result, please stay at home and self-isolate, following the relevant Government guidelines.

Face coverings: We ask that everyone over the age of 12 wears a mask or face covering when attending a meeting or hearing. If you are exempt or unable to do so, please contact the Convenor via the details below and we will put additional measures in place to keep everyone safe.

We intend to regularly review the measure we have in place to ensure that we are aligned with the most up to date advice and guidance. Please keep an eye on our website and our Facebook page (click here) for further updates.

If you have any concerns, or would like to attend a session remotely, please contact us telephone: 223290 or email [email protected]

More general guidelines can be found here on the States of Guernsey website.

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