Friday, 7 August 2020

Victoria Tower




This article dates from the late 1970s when there was an observatory dome on top of the tower, just visible in the above picture. I have also an extract on this from my book "Victoria College: A Chronicle 1972-1979" (available on Amazon in paperback or kindle edition) for the year 1975:

April saw the official opening of the Victoria Tower observatory. This was a facility available to all schools in Jersey through the Victoria Tower Astronomical Society, which itself, as the name implies, had close links with the College.

Victoria Tower

Here is an example of a true Martello Tower, such as are seen on the south coast of England, where about 150 of them were built. Eight were constructed in Jersey. All after 1800, and this one bears a stone over the main door with VR 1837. It has a narrow dry moat and is in a very commanding position above St Catherine's Bay. It is built in granite, and unlike some of the other examples, is not plastered.

Seen in the background is the breakwater, the result of anxiety over the activities of the French on the opposite coast. It was started in 1847; in 1852, when only one arm of the proposed deep water harbour was complete, work ceased. The advent of steam made it unnecessary, as shipping was no longer dependent on wind, but doubtless political events. and a rapprochement with France under Napoleon III, as well as the colossal cost of the project, also influenced the decision. The great breakwater in Alderney had the same history, but in our case the one arm was completed and so does not constitute a danger to shipping as does the unfinished arm in Alderney.

The white dome on the top of the tower is a housing over the telescope used by the Victoria College Astronomical Group, the tower offering an excellent observatory, and their activities being an equally good use for a tower which no longer has a defensive role to play.



Tuesday, 4 August 2020

A confusion of nationality, race and geography








According to the JEP:  

A SENIOR civil servant has been accused of playing the ‘race card’ during a Twitter spat with Jersey’s Australian community representative.

 The phrase in question was “such antipathy for an antipodean!’”

 An Antipodean, according to the dictionary, is a person from Australia or New Zealand.

 As far as I am aware, the fact of being an Australian or a New Zealander, is a reflection of national identity rather than racial identity.

 While the term “Asian” might be thought to be more certain, in terms of ethnicity this itself is a category with loose boundaries. As Wikipedia notes:

In parts of anglophone Africa, especially East Africa and in parts of the Caribbean, the term "Asian" is more commonly associated with people of South Asian origin, particularly Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis and Sri Lankans.  In South Africa the term Asian is used in the pan-continental sense. Due to the high number of Indians in South Africa, in official documentation the designation "Indian" is used to refer to both South- and East-Asians.

An academic study of who was considered Asian in America showed the same kind of  loose boundaries:

For White, Black, Latino, and most Asian Americans, the default for Asian is East Asian. While South Asians – such as Indians and Pakistanis – classify themselves as Asian, other Americans are significantly less likely to do so, reflecting patterns of “South Asian exclusion” and “racial assignment incongruity”. College-educated, younger Americans, however, are more inclusive in who counts as Asian, indicating that despite the cultural lag, the social norms of racial assignment are mutable.

But Australians, colloquially referred to as "Aussies", are people associated with the country of Australia, usually holding Australian citizenship. Their racial origins may vary enormously. And that’s not even considering Australia's indigenous peoples, comprising Aboriginal Australians, Aboriginal Tasmanians and Torres Strait Islanders!

Now it is true that just as Australians refer to the people of England disparagingly as “Pommes”, and as one individual pointed out online:

It's not derogatory but there is in general a polite reluctance to use plural adjectives as nouns like Asiatics, the Japanese... and a preference for Asian people, Japanese people, etc. Perhaps Antipodeans falls in the same category?

But it also occurs quite naturally and not as any form of insult:

An Australian writer says: “"I published my first book in 1955, when I was living in London, at that time the great cultural metropolis for Antipodeans"

‘Antipodean wines’

‘Go into any bar in the county and before long the chances are you'll come across a member of the bar staff with that distinctive Antipodean twang.’

‘Apologies to any Antipodean readers; just throw another Turkey leg on the Barbie for me and I will be right over.’

But whatever the case, one thing is clear – it is not racist, unless we start defining membership of a race as equivalent to membership of a nation, which is clearly not the case.

 Those who have called out the politician for “playing the race card” are quite simply wrong. There is a an alarming tendency to play the racist card when it does not apply.


Saturday, 1 August 2020

Escape into Light


Escape into Light

The city, alone, a land of shadows
Empty streets, strange masked folk
Time at this level crawls and slows
Such a heavy burden in this yoke

Saturn in the night, gleaming rings
Jupiter the mighty, still and bright
The harmony of the planets sings
And the moon rising, pale, white

At the beach, buckets and spades
Holiday in the sun, freedom’s cry
Time to leave behind the shades
Into sunlight, sand, sea and sky

Sometimes hope is all we need
Just as when we plant a seed

Friday, 31 July 2020

A Decade of Church Unity, 1983




An interesting look back at 1983 and a move towards greater unity between churches.. John Taylor, Bishop of Winchester, 1975-1985, and was very enthusiastic, so much so that, as mentioned below, there was a joint confirmation - Anglican / Methodist - in 1984. I have also been able to trace a joint Anglican / Methodist / United Reformed confirmation service held at Communicare in 1976.

Sadly his successor as Bishop of Winchester, Colin James, did not share his enthusiasm, and there were no more joint confirmations. Over time, the congregation diminished in size - services were originally held in the hall at Communicare, and the chapel became rather neglected. Now it serves as a venue for the members of the New Life Christian congregation.

The reduction in scale of the Roman Catholic priesthood in Jersey, so that the priest for Sacred Heart is now based at the Presbytery in St Helier, has also mean less ecumenical contact on that front.
There was one more warden at Communicare after John Le Page, but after he left, it was decided that a manager for the facilities was needed rather than a Warden. 

The ecumenical dream faded, although Methodist ministers still took part in the Easter Day communion at the Fisherman's Chapel until David Coote left, whereupon that ceased too. Fortunately that has been revived by the new Methodist Minister, Rev. Jenny Pathmarajah. Maybe ecumenism is waking up again!

A Decade of Church Unity 
How St Brelade’s Ecumenical Experiment has stood the test
Cathy Le Feuvre, 1983 

AS the ecumenical experiment in St Brelade enters its "tenth year, the enthusiasm which initiated it has not waned with the years.

What began as ‘a vision in the mind and heart of a foresighted Methodist minister, the Rev. Gerald Stoddern, has developed into a successful ecumenical ministry.

Mr Stoddern arrived in Jersey in 1968 with a brief to build a’ Methodist chapel at Les Quennevais to replace the demolished Tabor Chapel. But he advocated much more than the construction of just another church, for he envisaged a Community centre to serve the people, and in that way to evangelise to them.

It was to this end that joint sponsoring body representing the Jersey Anglican and Methodist churches was set up in the late 1960s a union which was officially inaugurated at a joint service of Holy Communion on January 12. 1973.

Three congregations, one Methodist and two Anglican, were in this way joined for the purpose of ecumenical co-operation.

They also covenanted to build new premises at Les Quennevais, based on a sharing agreement under the terms of the Sharing of Church Buildings Act (Jersey) 1973, from which grew the present day Communicare centre.




The St Brelade experiment is one among hundreds of similar ventures presently in operation in the United Kingdom.

But St Brelade is fortunate in having the Communicare centre as a unifying element. Its presence means that unity goes beyond joint services around Christmas, Easter and occasionally through the year.

Vigils, communion services, joint Sunday school and social events allow for the encouragement of unity, but without the loss of independence.

The Rector of St Brelade, the Rev. Michael Halliwell, believes that the growth of unity has allowed a breakdown of the bitterness that the past has witnessed. As people become more acquainted with the worship of others, he says, so fellow feeling within the Christian community will grow.

Regular weekly meetings of the team ministry, which includes the ministers of St Brelade, St Aubin-on-the-Hill, and the Methodist partner, the church at St Aubin, has resulted in a close liaison between the churches and Communicare, whose Warden, Capt. John Le Page, of the Church Army, is also a committee staff member.

But this unity does not mean a loss of the individual church identity. Indeed, the Rev. Terry Hampton, from St Aubin-on-the-Hill, thinks that the churches must remain separate.

Honesty; and ‘a "sharing of gifts around" is, he believes, vital to the ecumenical experiment. Multiplication of services was a danger in any such venture, and that was why the co-operation maintained in St Brelade was so important. '

When the Rev. Colin Hough moved from his ministry in Guernsey in 1979 to succeed Mr Stoddern, he found the experiment well established.

He holds the view that unity must come from the grass roots and that the St Brelade experience has something to offer the movement towards unity, despite the fact that top-level covenanting proposals between the Anglican and Methodist churches broke down last year.

And the strengthening of the work and witness of Methodism in St Brelade since the experiment began belies the argument that unity leads to a relaxing of the effect of the individual churches.

In the recent past, the move towards unity has been supplemented by the involvement of the Roman Catholic congregations of the Church of the Sacred Heart, St Aubin and St Bernadette's, Les Quennevais.

The initiative and enthusiasm of the parish priest, the Rev. Fr. Antoin Hanley, has resulted in an involvement of the Roman Catholic community on an ecumenical sub-committee, and the sharing of some services and social events.

Fr. Hanley feels that his congregations both have something to offer the experiment and may learn from it as well.

Recent talks between the Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury have given the stamp of approval to an incorporation of Catholic congregations into the St Brelade experiment, and a change in attitudes and a greater awareness of unity is growing, albeit slowly.

A recent Epiphany service at St Aubin-on-the-Hill, when a collection was taken for the work of the Little Sisters of the Poor, is a practical indication of the unifying element within the parish.

Fr. Hanley believes that prayer is the only way to unity, and that tenets and doctrines are secondary. Unity of the churches may be reality, he thinks, if prayer is emphasised.

Facilities at Communicare are used frequently by the Roman Catholic congregations, and this is just one of the many roles which the centre fulfils.

Mr Stoddern envisaged a place where, like a village green, people could meet, exchange ideas and be integrated into the community. In use seven days a week, activities at Communicate include clinics, play groups, senior citizen and youth clubs and educational classes.

A voluntary team of about 150 people from all walks of life provide the integration and produce a discourse that is undoubtedly unique.

Communicare also represents a unique marriage of the States, church and parish. With a full time youth worker operating from Communicare and community nurses, working at the clinic, the Education and Public Health departments are providing invaluable services in co-operation with the Church.

For the past six years. Capt. Le Page has acted as administrator, mediator and holder of the balance at Communicare, acting often to liaison between the Church, States and parish. The latter of which helped with the initial capital outlay and still involves itself in the work at Communicate.

The chapel at Communicare, although under the pastoral care of Mr Hough, is to all intents and purposes ecumenical.

Its unique Anglican-Methodist character has not made the other congregations suffer. “We are not out to create a new denomination," Mr Halliwell stresses, and plans for a joint confirmation service in 1984 will see come to fruition many of the hopes of the team ministry.

The St Brelade experiment has to some extent proved that unity can work, and all the partners in that parish would like to see more unity among the churches in other parishes.

As St Brelade has benefitted so much from the existence of Communicare, Capt. Le Page believes that all parishes would benefit from a recreational centre of some kind.

Mr Halliwell believes that this sort of unity is the only kind that will take the Christian church into the next century.

"I would like to see the same principles applied in other local situations, because I believe that‘ the Church only has a future where Christians work together," he says.

And if the last ten years are anything to go by, the next few decade will see in St Brelade. He hopes a greater feeling of unity, and a further extension of the principles of Christian brotherly love.

Thursday, 30 July 2020

The Pipes of Peace



A small slice of history from the Pilot of 1963, written one year after the Cuban Missile Crisis. Even up to the end of the 1980s, until the Soviet Union fell apart, I remember growing up under the shadow of the atomic bomb. Dr Who's 1963 adventure, "The Daleks" has a world recovering from the effects of atomic war. John Wyndham's "The Chrysalids" has the fragments of a world surviving in the wake of nuclear war. And 1964 would see "Dr Strangelove", a movie all about the end of the world.

HOW MUCH DO WE REALLY WANT PEACE?

This article has been written by Mr. D. W. Chamberlain, a former Principal of the Jersey “Good Samaritans”. Mr. Chamberlain recently left Jersey to take up residence in Sussex. He has contributed this article exclusively for The Pilot.

4-minute warning

The peace of the world has been balanced on a thin knife-edge for so long that we tend to forget that we are at all times now rather less than four minutes away from a ghastly nuclear shambles which few could survive. It is not really a matter of forgetting, of course, but simply that is it impossible to maintain an attitude of terror and horror indefinitely; it is more a question of acceptance than anything else.

Peace is personal

But to accept this as a present truth is a very different thing to accepting it as a permanent feature of our lives. Within each of us there is the desire for a long and lasting peace that will not be forever subject to the whim of those in search of power.

The question remains as to how far we are prepared to go towards achieving this state, how much personal effort we are willing to put into it. It is only when we have established peace at our own individual level, in our homes, among our friends and acquaintances, in factories, offices, clubs and on all levels of personal relationships—that we will be able to experience the joy of world peace.

However well intentioned, the leaders of the nations of the world are unable of themselves to foster a sincere international spirit of goodwill and harmony. They are driven on by the collective desires, emotions, and ambitions of their peoples, and not until there is an attitude of peace within the private lives of the peoples of the world, can there ever be any real hope of achieving peace between nations. This deep desire for peace has to grow from the bottom upwards and cannot be enforced arbitrarily from the top, from Government level.

So let us work our hardest for peace on the individual level, within the nation—and international peace will develop naturally out of this.

Peace in the family

Within our homes and families we are so often at loggerheads with one another, and here it is that the first step must be taken. The conflicts more often than not are trivial, but the fact that there are conflicts at all demonstrate the absence of peace. To dispense with these disturbances means ceasing to insist that our own opinion must necessarily be the correct one, giving thought to the possibility that other views could be equally justified, and having the honesty to recognize the justice of a sound argument. All disputes must by their very nature be a conflict between two or more persons, and if all parties could only begin to accept that they might possibly be wrong, then a compromise solution acceptable to all can usually be found.

Between parents and children the element of discipline must be present, naturally, but this helps to emphasize that peace is not tranquility at any price, but rather tranquility with order.

Peace at work

Work plays a very large part in all our lives, and here too it is necessary for each one of us to strive for peace. There is really no conflict at all between what should -be the four major aims of any progressive business: lower prices, higher wages, bigger dividends, better quality. An efficient business should be capable of achieving all these targets, and if it does, then the whole united team of Management, Labour, Shareholders, and Purchasers, will all be well-satisfied. The present frictions in our working lives - and particularly in industry - will only die down when we take the trouble to understand that it really is possible to achieve these ideals, but only if we all work together as a team, with sympathy and consideration for each other’s legitimate desires and ambitions, and less insistence on our own personal wishes.

All the great religions of the world teach respect for the dignity and feelings of our fellowmen, all of us being bound together in a common unity with God; there may be differences in the way this truth is taught and practiced, but there is no virtue in trying to assess which method is superior to another. Our neighbour has as much right to his style of worship or lack of worship as we have.

It’s up to you

In our private and personal lives, in our working lives, in our spiritual lives, there must first of all be peace, before international peace even begins to be possible. No matter how hard statesmen strive on an international level, no matter how well-intentioned world organizations may be, there just cannot be any true and lasting peace in the world until we are in harmony and sympathy with our immediate neighbours.

It’s entirely up to us; it all depends on how much we really do want peace and how far we are prepared to go for it. It’s no good pretending it‘s easy to achieve, but there never was nor will be a more worth-while project. May God grant to each one of us the understanding of these things, and the courage and determination to change our attitude towards one another.

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

The New Hospital: A Different View

This isn't mine, but it was posted on Facebook in the Politics Jersey group. To protect privacy (although it can be added by them in a comment which I will approve), I am not giving the persons name, but I think it worth sharing:

Letter to States Members

When asked where I would like to see our new hospital built, I once uttered the words 'anywhere but Gloucester Street', I am now eating those words.
Whilst I personally have no agenda or particular preference over the location of the site, there are several factors that make the selection extremely important.- and all islanders need to sit up and take note, as it affects us all, particularly in light of the finances of the island following the Covid 19 pandemic (which is not yet over) and the effects of which will continue for some time. The site must be able to:
a. House the hospital we need without any compromise to our health service
b. Support future growth for the next 60 years or so (60 years ago the General Hospital was just the granite block.
c. Deliver the hospital within the timescale (any longer incurs additional cost).
d. Built in the fastest time and at the best possible price
Reading the 35-page report on the site selection process, it is clear that the 'Citizens panel' had very little input and one has to wonder how they were guided through the process. The final Shortlisting panel were all civil servants who apparently totally ignored the Citizens panel criteria; none are from Jersey; and our POG and COM ratified their choices. How can they justify this? Nowhere in the report did the citizens panel express a preference for location by parish, in fact their main 5 drivers were that the site should:
1. Be big enough to accommodate all the required clinical and support services including staff and service access activities.
2. Provide the ability for expansion
3. Be able to deliver the hospital project in the project timeline
4. Have a highway network, locally and strategically which has the capacity to access and serve the hospital
5. Be capable of being well served by public transport
Of the first criteria, People's Park and St Andrew's Park are both listed as 'maybe'. This is not good enough. There would be significant compromises to our health offering if either of these sites were selected. St Andrew's Park also has a Neolithic Dolmen in the middle of it and a church on its eastern side, quite apart from being the only green space in a significantly built up area.
Even more strange is that whoever prepared this table listed St Saviour's Hospital as only 'maybe' big enough when it was the second largest site in the whole process. (As an example, People's Park is listed as 22,784 m² (according to Gleeds actually smaller, at 22,570 m²) , whilst St Saviour's hospital including Clinique Pinel and Rosewood is a whopping 74, 983 m² according to the 2013 Atkins report, not the 51,939 m² listed on the latest report. This clearly needs to be challenged. Who is deliberately altering these numbers? Equally to the point, who is not checking them?
Only three of the shortlisted sites are able to deliver the project within the timescale, yet none of them are on the shortlist. They are:
a. St Saviour's Hospital
b. Warwick Farm
c. The fields at Le Boulivot.
The first two are already in public ownership.
The question about public transport is really irrelevant, as it is easy to run a minibus service to and from the hospital as they do in Southampton. I am sure that with the army of charity workers and minibuses, HSC keeps telling us about, we could probably even provide this as a free service to anyone with an appointment letter.
From the original 82 sites, at least 6 were discounted as not big enough for any option, but were all larger than People's Park.
Warwick Farm was the front runner in the 2013 report the States commissioned from WS Atkins - experts in this field and, as a practically empty site would surely deliver the cheapest and fastest option and needs to be considered. This site is 54,123m² in size according to Atkins, not the 52,041 m² being quoted now. The latest table states that this site could not be well served by public transport but, ironically, states that the fields opposite Rondel's Farm shop, which is practically next door and on the same road, can be. It would therefore appear that our UK recruited civil servants have no knowledge of our island and are working to an agenda.
The guidance planning notes mention the need for an environmental impact assessment on the sites, but makes no mention of a health impact assessment, which should also be produced. Clean, fresh air and sufficient green space are both essential requisites for a hospital. There would certainly be none of that if either of the parks, or the playing fields were selected. Hospitals next to busy roads do not enjoy a noise free environment either.
A report published without notice on the States website on 20th July 2020, titled 'Kit of Parts', shows the size of the hospital footprint required as being 23,243m²and an adjacent site of 17,723m² making a total of 40,966 m², not allowing for any space between the buildings. How does this fit onto People's Park, at 22,570 m², or St Andrew's Park at 36,708 m²? Even though the secondary building would fit onto one of the sites at the Millbrook option, the main building would not.
Even assuming that some of this could be incorporated into a basement, as mentioned in the 'Kit of Parts', where then does car parking go? There is a mention that car parking could be up to 15 minutes away. Does this mean they would utilise Patriotic Street car park if the People's Park option was selected?
Remote car parking was rejected in the Future Hospital scheme, as you cannot expect sick and disabled people to make that journey, especially in cold, slippery and inclement weather, not to mention young mothers with prams and toddlers. This 'Kit of Parts', also does not show a hydrotherapy pool anywhere and we were promised that all the services we currently have would be provided in the new hospital. The promised radiotherapy centre is also missing.
The outline of the People's Park is also interesting as it includes the cliff area behind the grassy patch. Does this mean that this would have to be dug out? Clearly that is not a job for a hand pick. How can they therefore state that there would be no disruption to surrounding properties during construction? It would be massive, especially if they were digging out a basement as well.
The site selection report states that it was produced in accordance with the Jersey Care Model. How can this be? We are still awaiting the PWC report on stress testing and costing the Jersey Care Model which HCS are treating as a 'secret' document. There has been none of the “further consultation” promised by the Director General of HCS, Ms Caroline Landon, in her presentations in the autumn of 2019, nor has it been taken, budgeted and approved by the States Assembly. Yet, this model will apparently establish the detailed design of the new hospital and its campus. Meanwhile, The Chief Minister's report "New Hospital Project: Next Steps" (R.54/2019) published on 3rd May 2019 sets out the approach he required, stating that it would:
a. Establish the agreed relevant clinical requirement of the new hospital
b. Use the outcome of the relevant clinical requirement to scope the size and shape of the new hospital to inform the consideration of potential locations
c. Involve a thorough process of island and stakeholder communication and engagement, alongside technical assessments of deliverability.
d. Identify a shortlist of sites for further consideration to allow a preferred site to be identified
This has not happened either, rather like the “further public consultation”.
The site selection process should have been in accordance with the Treasury Green Book Guidance. If so, the five selected sites should be:
a. Fields at Le Boulivot
b. St Saviour's Hospital
c. Warwick Farm
d. Overdale
e. Fields at Five Oaks
All of these sites would also have plenty of room for expansion and for the provision of staff accommodation.
On a separate note, I have spent some time this afternoon looking at the ‘Public Realm and Movement Strategy for St Helier’.
As more than 60% of the population live outside St Helier, how does it make any sense at all to bring those people into the capital for hospital appointments when the clear objectives of this strategy are to reduce traffic flow in town? The majority of people using the hospital are elderly and they mostly live in the outlying parishes. All of the above sites can be reached from the north, east and west without driving through town and patients living in town could easily jump on the hopper bus.

Monday, 27 July 2020

Traffic Lights: Why Jersey’s System is better than the UK.




Traffic Lights: Why Jersey’s System is better than the UK.

Although it has experienced teething problems, Jersey’s system of travel protection is fairly robust. First of all, everyone is tested. That is extremely important. Compare with the UK, where people are not required to self-quarantine when arrive from “Safe Countries”. As the JEP notes:

When passengers disembark the plane or the boat, they are shown to a queue for testing. This applies to ferry passengers travelling in their vehicles as well. Even those choosing to isolate for 14 days, rather than have a test, are not allowed to leave the Airport or Harbour until they have provided the authorities with their details, as well as information about where they will isolating to enable spot checks to be carried out. ‘They are not allowed through the doors until somebody has confirmed they have already registered and given their information,’ said Mr Tony Moretta. 

It is largely down to Tony Moretta’s groundwork with his team that we have had an excellent system at such short notice. And it has been improved by the traffic light system, and John Young’s excellent proposition which was approved and which necessitates self-isolation if we can’t test enough people on the day of arrival (and against Patrick Armstrong’s STAC advice that we should not test everyone!).

The latest news in the UK was that they might using a test so that “negative passengers arriving from higher risk countries to enter the UK without the need to quarantine” The system is not yet in place, but if it does “passengers arriving at Heathrow Airport will soon be able to get a Coronavirus test with results in just 24 hours - but will set you back £140.” (The Sun)

In the meantime, critics say the lack of tests threatens the health of the nation and makes a mockery of the lockdown conditions opposed on the rest of the country.

But that’s for countries deemed in need of quarantine. Other travellers, such as those from Spain, until recently have been able to enter the UK without testing or quarantine!

Jersey’s Traffic Light system is as follows:

  • For destinations categorised as green, inbound passengers must take a test on arrival into Jersey but will not be required to self isolate. Countries in this category include UK and Ireland, Germany and Spain.
  • For destinations categorised as amber, inbound passengers must take a test on arrival into Jersey and self isolate until day five, when they will have to take another test. If this returns a negative result, they will be able to leave self-isolation
  • For destinations categorised as red, inbound passengers must take a test on arrival into Jersey and self isolate for 14 days. This category includes the USA, South Africa, Sweden and Brazil.

So everyone is tested regardless, but any amber or red need some self-isolation, either for around 6 or 7 days (Amber) or 14 days (Red). Unlike the UK, a test will still mean mandatory 14 day quarantine as well from the Red countries, as there is a risk the test might show negative – it is not 100% accurate. That’s also why the Amber countries have two tests, set apart, but a smaller gap.

Now when that was announced, Spain was green, but has now been moved to Amber. In the UK, Spain has been moved from no self-isolation (or test) to mandatory 14 day quarantine because of the rise of numbers in Spain. A country is safe (no quarantine) or not safe (14 days quarantine), and no testing in either case! 

In Jersey, the more measured approach means we can apply better discrimination between countries like Spain and America.

As ITV reports:

Spain has been recategorised as 'amber' under Jersey's travel guidance. It means anyone travelling from the country into the island must take a Coronavirus test on their return followed by another on the fifth day after arrival. Passengers must self isolate until they get their results. 

The British government’s decision to pull Spain from the list of safe countries and require returning holidaymakers to self-isolate for a fortnight will come as a heavy blow to Spain’s lucrative and vital tourist sector, and considerable upset to those thinking of travelling there, or caught over there. Jersey is still a change but more discriminatory.

But we can also be better when there are direct flights to areas where there are less spikes and Covid cases are much lower:

The Canary Islands and Balearic Islands remain categorised as green. 

Finally, a negative test for any status: Green, Amber or Red is not the end of the story:

A negative test is not the end of the process for people arriving in Jersey. Every day for 14 days after they have arrived people will be sent a text message to which they must reply with one of two options. If they do not have any Covid019 symptoms, they must reply with the word ‘WELL’.

If they, or anyone else in their household develops symptoms, they must reply ‘COVID’, and a member of the Contact Tracing Team, which is currently made up of 55 people, will get in touch with them to discuss the next steps. If someone does not respond to the text messages a member of the CTT will call them. If they do not get a response, honorary police officers will visit the address they have given to check on them. If contact still cannot be made, the matter will be passed to the States police for possible enforcement action. 

Failure to self-isolate when required to do so is a criminal offence and punishable by a fine of up to £1,000.

Addenda 1:

STAC memo of advice for June 2020 by Patrick Armstrong:
 It is likely that as visitor numbers increase a point will be reached where it will not be practical or possible due to volumes to test all visitors. At that point an approach that involves testing sample numbers of visitors rather than all visitors would be the approach.

John Young's proposition (passed in July 2020):

All persons should receive a PCR test on entry to our borders and in the event of the capacity of our testing facility being exceeded by the number of persons arriving at any one-time, untested persons should be held in isolation until tested.



Addenda 2:

Following recent further rises in COVID-19 activity, anyone arriving in Jersey that has been in Mainland Spain in the last 14 days will have to follow extra testing and self-isolation measures, from 12.01 tonight. Jersey’s Safer Travel policy categorises countries into three groups (green, amber and red). Mainland Spain, which was green, is now classed as amber. All passengers that have travelled from mainland Spain in the last 14 days are required to be tested on arrival and five days after arrival, and to self-isolate until both tests are confirmed negative. The Canary Islands and Balearic Islands continue to be classed as green, as COVID activity is lower there. Dr Muscat and public health officials will keep this situation under daily review and further updates will be made as required.


References
https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2020/07/23/testing-times-at-the-airport-and-harbour/