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Tighter restrictions but 'Level 4' border remains

Changes to testing and exemptions

A move to close borders completely has been ruled out by the chief minister, but added protections will be introduced from midnight tonight.

It's after the emergence of a new variant of coronavirus in the UK, thought to be 70% more transmissible than the original strain.

Howard Quayle revealed a raft of new measures at a briefing today.

Returning residents can opt to take a test on the 1st and 13th day of their self-isolation, at a cost of £50.

Those travelling for medical reasons won't have to pay, while those who chose not to be tested will have to isolate for 21 days. 

The daily hour of exercise has also been scrapped for those undertaking the two week quarantine.

Non-residents won't be able to apply for exemption certificates to travel to the Island for any reason, but those who already have them will be permitted to cross the border.

Those applications still in the system will be processed, meanwhile, there will also be changes to key worker exemptions. 

The changes will be reviewed by the Council of Ministers in two weeks' time. 

Read the updated government advice, with FAQs here

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