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Outbreak plan

Approach & thresholds   |   Escalation plans


The current border restrictions prevent non-residents from entering without an exemption and all residents returning to the Island must self-isolate for 14 days. Despite these restrictions, there is a strong likelihood that the virus will return at some point.

This likelihood increases in the event that there is a further surge of coronavirus cases in the UK and Europe and the UK’s ‘R’ number increases beyond a range of 0.9 – 1.1.

This plan describes how Government is preparing for and will respond to a new outbreak of Covid-19.

Principles of this plan

Be rooted in public health systems and leadership

  • The plan and response will be led by Public Health
  • The plan will be rooted in infection prevention control and health protection
  • The plan will work to join together different parts of Government to ensure a coordinated response

Adopt a whole system approach

  • All parts of Government will work together and the plan will set out responsibilities and roles
  • Arrangements for rapid and proactive management of outbreaks will be clearly set out in individual plans which should be robust and tested

Be proportionate and responsive to the threat of a Covid outbreak and informed by timely access to data and intelligence

  • Timely collection and distribution of information is key to the success of this plan
  • Agencies will agree data flows, pathways and information sharing protocols in a timely fashion as a matter of priority
  • Sufficient information must be shared which allows management of outbreaks and appropriate actions to be taken

Be sufficiently resourced

  • Each agency must be prepared to contribute resources (people, capabilities, funds, assets) needed to make the plan effective
  • The Covid contingency fund will be used as required, subject to the appropriate governance

The Covid outbreak plan national outbreak management approach and thresholds. 

Specific actions may vary depending on context of any outbreaks.

Targeted interventions – see individual plans 

  • Small numbers of cases managed within the setting
  • Active cluster management
  • Targeted interventions
  • Closure of specific premises where necessary
  • Active testing and contact tracing
  • Targeted PH messages
  • Use of face coverings, social distancing, hand washing
  • Cease visits to care homes

Wider population measures

  • Social distancing
  • Face coverings in shops/public transport
  • Cease visits to vulnerable people
  • Closure of some premises
  • Restrict health service access
  • Broad PH Messaging
  • Work from home where possible
  • Restrict gatherings

Whole population measures

  • Essential journeys only
  • Work from home
  • Close schools/nurseries
  • Takeaway only from bars/restaurants

Escalation plans