Wednesday update from Chamber HQ
Government Support for Businesses Update
The form required for those in Phase 1 of co-funding, is now on the Gov.je site… and Phase 2 has both a list of the businesses included and excluded.
Read everything and download the form HERE.
For Phase 2, there are no FAQ’s yet, they will come and also note this line: ‘The scope and operation of Phase 2 is still under development and final information on this will be published on 10th April 2020’.
The Government of Jersey is close to agreeing a contract with Blue Islands to maintain a reliable and regular essential air service between Jersey and the UK. This service, which will remain in place until further notice, will be accessible only to passengers who meet essential travel criteria.
Restrictions on who can travel to and from the Island are currently in place. Therefore, only passengers in the following categories will be able to book and board Blue Islands flights until further notice:
Essential workers travelling to/from Jersey for the purposes of their work. Further guidance on the definitions of essential workers can be found here
Those travelling to/from non-emergency medical treatment in the UK
Those travelling on urgent compassionate grounds
Those travelling to reach a permanent home in, or via, the UK or in Jersey
Passengers who do not fall into the above categories should not attempt to book or travel.
Read more HERE.
Tomorrow in the States Assembly they will debate a proposition to temporarily suspend some of the rules that restrict jobs for people with less than 5 years residency.
If Deputy Gardiner's proposition is successful, businesses will be permitted to employ people who are resident in Jersey to work in any paid role, no matter how long they have been living in Jersey.
Relaxing the rules would enable businesses to deal with increasing customer demand in essential services, or to cover a reduction in staff due to sickness, self-isolation or relative care, by employing those who are available in Jersey and not currently working due to the closure of non-essential businesses in certain sectors.
This change to the rules would be time-limited, applying only for the period while Jersey's economy is considered to be significantly affected by the Covid-19 crisis. It is not clear how long that will be.
If the proposition is adopted, businesses will need more detail to ensure that they continue to comply with the rules when employing staff. We will update you following the States debate on Thursday.
All should be aware that Customer and Local Services (CLS) is now closed to the public.
New or updated registration cards can be applied for online after registering for a digital ID with Yoti. Clients should allow longer than usual for this process as CLS is experiencing a very high volume of queries.
The Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture will make a statement regarding the application of Control of Housing and Work legislation during the Coronavirus crisis.
He will also make a statement regarding financial support for self-employed Islanders during the Coronavirus crisis.
The full order paper is HERE.
To watch the States Assembly live tomorrow, click HERE.
Construction Sites – what are the UK doing?
Lots of talk on what our construction sites will do, so what have the UK done? To see the UK Guidance for construction sites, which Jersey may adapt to our situation, or perhaps be more strict, clicke HERE.
Making life easier
Effective tomorrow the contactless payment limit is set to rise from £30-£45, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
This is brilliant! Rubis want to say thank you to frontline healthcare workers, who provide critical support in our community. They are providing fuel vouchers to Jsy & Gsy Hospital, as a small gesture of their appreciation. Full story HERE.
SoulGenic have been in touch…
They are giving their wellbeing app FREE to businesses for 3 months - only admin/hosting charge of 199 a month up to 400 employees
And Jersey residents are getting the app for free for 6 months in a collaboration between Jersey Sport and Move More - email@example.com
Personal Trainer anyone?
Train from the comfort of home at a time that suits you with personal trainer Dan Galloway from Absolute Fitness. Dan will be hosting online sessions every day of the week with a live early morning session at 7.30am to get you ready for the day, a lunchtime session at 1pm for those working and needing a break as well as evening sessions at 6pm. Dan is offering new members a free week’s trial to get you started, feeling fit and motivated every day. Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or find Absolute Fitness on Facebook and drop Dan a message.
BT Sport customers can ask for 1mth's bill credit. As there's no live sport, they have relented and are now allowing BT Sport customers to claim bill credit (that link explains how this works on the different platforms). This follows news reported last week that Sky Sports customers can pause subscriptions.
And finally, some wine…
If your stocks are running low (yes this homeworking, seems to make the wine rack in easier reach at 6pm) our friends at Dunell’s may be able to assist – the Beaumont store only has click and collect. On the delivery side they are busy - deliveries slots for next week are very FULL. They are now taking orders for deliveries commencing Monday 6th April and Tuesday 7th April 2020 and will endeavour to communicate with you as best as they can to inform you of when the delivery will be made. They hope to add to the delivery team next week too. Click HERE for more details.
They do some great mixed boxes of wines too. Thanks to Neil & Jane and the team… important supplies!
Stay safe, stay home and cheers,
CEO, Jersey Chamber of Commerce.