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East Arm spaces to make way for testing enclosure

East Arm spaces to make way for testing enclosure

Sunday 30 August 2020

East Arm spaces to make way for testing enclosure

More than 100 long-stay parking places in Town will be removed next month to facilitate a new on-arrival testing enclosure at the Harbour.

On-arrival testing facilities are currently being constructed at Guernsey Airport and Guernsey Harbours in anticipation of eased border restrictions, although a date is yet to be set for when the new arrangements will come into force.

In recent days, the States has issued more details on how it will roll out Phase 5c, which will see the island adopt testing on arrival for the first time since the corona virus hit earlier this year. 

on arrival testing airport

Pictured: Testing facilities are being built at the Ports in anticipation of less restricted borders. 

Jersey has employed an on-arrival testing strategy since 3 July. It has screened more than 40,000 travellers through the island's borders, leading to the detection and isolation of around 30 cases. The strategy has gained recognition and major UK Airport Heathrow is reportedly looking to Jersey for testing guidance. 

Both of Guernsey's testing facilities are expected to be completed by 7 September. 49 long-stay parking spaces will be removed from the East Arm of North Beach from 1 September as those plans progress. 

Once the new arrangements come into force, Chief Minister Gavin St Pier said somewhere between 107 and 175 spaces will be lost, which he described as a necessary "trade-off in order to facilitate the testing arrangements". 

"We will look at whether and where there could be alternative parking provision," he added.

Read more:

Next phase will bring testing on arrival

Testing facilitating being created at Guernsey Airport

What will testing look like in 5c

States weighs up charging for tests

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