18TH MARCH 2020
IS IT TIME TO START ENFORCING FINES FOR PEOPLE WHO FLOUT THE SELF-ISOLATION RULES?
One woman went to a coffee shop yesterday having returned home from a holiday in Teneriffe. Another, in a similar situation, said she had run out of food, so had to go to the supermarket. Which begs the question, and just not here in Jersey, why do people have to flout the self-isolation rules when they know the lives of more vulnerable people are at stake? Does their selfishness know no bounds?
The island of Jersey has a population of around 100,800, at the last count. The people who were born here, quite rightly represent 46.4% of the population. They magnanimously share their beautiful island with mostly Brits, of which I am one, having moved here in 1981. The Portuguese have been here for around three generations, plus a few other European nationals who have joined our multicultural throng – one of the reasons I consider myself to be European.
When I first moved here, Jersey airport was the third busiest in Europe. Quite a reputation for an island that is only 118.2 square kilometres, or 45.6 square miles in old money, which explained the crowded five-mile expanse of beach at St. Ouens when I first came over in 1978. Although, not quite so crowded in recent years because it’s cheaper to fly to the Costa Blanca.
When living in a multicultural society, it is inevitable that people are constantly coming and going. I wouldn’t have it any other way, but these are unprecedented times. The Government of Jersey (Jersey is a self-governing state) are, inevitably, following Boris Johnson’s lead, so flights to the Island are still coming in and out, albeit for essential travel only.
Johnson is predicting a UK death toll of 20,000. 8,000± in Wuhan 😕 ? Is that something to do with his herd immunity theory and why flights haven’t been suspended altogether?
PERSON TO PERSON SPREAD
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov
We are in this Covid-19 thing for the long-haul and it is crucial we work together to protect the more vulnerable within our communities.
Stockpiling loo paper and sanitisers apart, it is the abhorrent selfishness displayed by some people when it comes to flouting the self-isolation rules which can and should not continue. Returning home to the island, or anywhere else, having been exposed to the virus means self-isolating for fourteen days. It’s not much to ask considering you’re are a ticking time bomb.
£1000 fine, maybe, if caught flouting self-isolation rules?
Is it the survival instinct kicking in? If so, it’s bringing out the worst in some of us.
Nothing about Covid-19 is fair, but our responsibility towards those less able to cope during this crisis should be at the forefront of all our minds. Some people are facing other battles on top of Covid-19 that you have no idea about.