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Quarantine for two weeks

Quarantine

Quarantine for two weeks

If you are planning on going on that last-minute holiday to Spain, knowing self-isolation on return is guaranteed, read this and you might think twice before taking that risk.

Chris, my boyfriend, has recently flown back to Guernsey and has no option but to experience two weeks in quarantine, and when I say quarantine, I mean full-on quarantine. To protect the island at all costs, the state has implemented strict rules to abide by when it comes to people returning or visiting. If you were to break self-isolation regulations, you can receive a fine of up to £10,000, yes, that’s ten grand.

If you think it can’t get worse, you’re wrong. Guernsey is currently at phase five of battling the pandemic with 0 cases on the island, which means that pubs, clubs, and everything else is open and back to normal. As Chris is trapped in the prison of his own home, he’ll be scrolling through his mates’ stories in torment as they down pints and play golf; as you can imagine, this is an extreme level of FOMO (fear of missing out).

I asked him a few questions to give you all an honest insight…

What’s the cleaning regime like?

Cleaning when you’re in self-isolation is tough. You almost try avoiding things outside of your room whenever you go to the toilet, go downstairs to make food to avoid having to wipe it down after. Everywhere you go you have to wipe and clean with anti-bacterial wipes, Dettol type wipes. Even after showering, you have to clean that too. Whenever you’re making food, you have to ensure no one else is in the kitchen, wear gloves and dispose of them once you’re done making your food; the cleaning really could not be any stricter.

How do they check you are following the self-iso rules?

In Guernsey, it’s easier to control than in the UK as fewer people are coming into Guernsey. They take your contact details on a sheet on arrival. Public Health in Guernsey calls you at least three times to check to see if you have any symptoms, where you are, and how you’re doing. They also visit your self-isolation address at any random point during the 14 days to make sure you’re at the place you’re supposed to be. Last week, a man was fined £6,000 for breaching self-isolation rules, although he didn’t have COVID-19 so fortunately, his case of flouting self-iso rules didn’t result in any cases over here.

How do you feel and what are your coping mechanisms?

It’s not easy self-isolating, especially when everything is back to normal with pubs and clubs being open. I know I’ll miss at least two weekends where all my friends will be out making the most of their Friday and Saturday nights. But part of dealing with self-isolation is knowing you’ve got all that to come. 14 days sounds daunting but it’s just a case of ticking each one off as it goes and keeping yourself busy- sometimes with things you never really have time to do. Little tasks during the day go along way. What can help as well, as if you’re like me, by the time you wake up, half the day is gone anyway, so the more you sleep, the quicker it goes!

What’s the first thing you’re going to do when you are allowed out?

Haircut. I got caught in the middle of coming back over to the UK when Guernsey barbers were open only to self-isolate when barbers in the UK are set to open. I’ve been in desperate need of getting my shlid sorted out and then taking full advantage of pubs and clubs being open. Can’t wait to finally be back with my mates.

So, there you have it, first-hand insight into two weeks of quarantine, stuck In your house with little company. If you find yourself isolating on return from a holiday, or on arrival, let us know how it went!

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