When you go on holiday, you want to get away from all of the stresses and worries of everyday life. You want to step on that plane or drive onto that ferry knowing that you can safely leave that behind, at least for a little while. After the last year, we all deserve a bit of fun and relaxation.
From Day 1 of coronavirus entering our lives, we have all been defining a ‘new normal’ and our priorities have been changing. Health has always been important to us, but more so now than ever before. Should you choose to travel, you naturally want that final destination to be somewhere that not only provides a safe environment, but actively cares about it too.
The Bailiwick of Guernsey is that place.
Safety is not something that is new to us. We are one of the safest places in the world, but ‘safety’ has since gained a whole new meaning. Wherever you go, good hygiene practices and a community that has a strong sense of responsibility for those around them underpin what we have been working hard to achieve: a safe haven.
During 2020, many of our visitor accommodation providers have started the procedure in order to gain a ‘Safe, Clean and Legal’ Accreditation. Highly acclaimed by Which? Magazine, the scheme provides you with the reassurance that the accommodation you have chosen, maintains and operates to the highest standards of cleanliness and safety.
Will you find yourself on a crowded beach where it’s hard to find a peaceful spot? Will you have to spend long periods of time on public transport during your stay? Do you have to spend most of your time indoors?
The answer to all of these questions is no. Let’s be honest, you don’t want to miss out on cosy lunches in the country, tours through some of our fascinating heritage sites, relaxing spa days and visiting the unique stores dotted along our cobbled streets, but you really can make the most of the great outdoors too. You’ll get the best of both worlds.
Social distancing is something that isn’t needed, but you’ll often find yourself doing it without even realising. With sweeping coastlines and cliff paths leading you to some of our best views, you won’t have to think twice about leaving a little room. Our islands are perfectly set up for al fresco dining, sea swimming and outdoor adventuring. Breathe in all of that fresh air and exhale all of that tension.
Any restrictions to on-island life have been short and sharp in comparison with other countries, and our effective approach to tackling COVID-19 means that we will soon be able to invite you to reap those rewards with us.
In 2020, we were the first place in the British Isles to be completely free of coronavirus and social restrictions, and we’ve been able to open up a lot sooner than most.
While enjoying our freedoms, we have stayed vigilant, and that is one of the keys to our ongoing success. We didn’t rush our way through the process because, as we know, this is a marathon, not a sprint. We don’t take unnecessary risks, and we never will. We’re serious about your safety, and we’re also seriously excited to see you again.
Additionally, our testing turnaround times and vaccination programmes have been keeping islanders safe while paving the way for your return. The Islands of Guernsey put people first. It doesn’t matter whether you live here or you’re just popping over for a short while – we see you as part of our island family, and we’ll keep doing everything we can to keep you safe from the moment you arrive.
We know many of you love our Islands and we have been looking after them while you’ve been away. While we can't welcome you today, we all look forward to welcoming you in the near future with open arms.