Government of Jersey - Stay at Home Order - Essential workers in Financial Services
The Government of Jersey has tonight made an announcement about important restrictions on working practices in response to coronavirus (Covid-19). That announcement is that a Stay at Home Order has now been made.
These restrictions will apply from tomorrow morning (Monday 30 March) at 08:00 and will stipulate that only certain essential workers can work outside their homes and travel for the purpose of going to work.
We are supporting Government to make sure that the financial services sector has robust business continuity measures in place, balanced with prevailing health advice. The overarching approach to essential work must be the need to protect public health.
This is designed to ensure that only essential workers who are critical to the ongoing functionality of the financial services firms in Jersey can access business premises.
Essential Workers Scheme: Financial Services
We are coordinating the Essential Workers Scheme for the financial services sector. Regulated businesses will need to determine which of their workers need to go into the office and these essential employees will require certification.
We are contacting regulated businesses by email to request confirmation of their key contact person and to provide them with the certification for essential employees.
Employees should only be designated an essential worker if it is absolutely necessary that they must visit the business premises to ensure the ongoing functionality of the firm. Any employee who enters the business premises must adhere to strict social distancing and hygiene guidance.
Please note these essential workers arrangements do not apply to all financial services sectors. There are alternative arrangements for law firms.
We recognise that these restrictions may impact your business. You may not be able to continue some activities. If you need to reduce or change your current working activities, it is essential that you prioritise critical services and the safety of client assets. You must also continue to meet your regulatory requirements.
Extensions to deadlines
To support you during this time, we are relaxing certain upcoming deadlines and will imminently provide you with further details. We will continue to review and issue additional updates, as required.