A Week is a long time…
Readers with long memories may remember the 1964 comment by the British Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, that a week is a long time in politics. Our own senior politicians and their advisors may well share that sentiment!
When we published the March St James Newsletter only a week ago, little did we realise that the impact of the COVID-19 virus was going to impact every aspect of our daily lives, including the St James programme for the coming months. When we developed and published the Second Quarter programme we were proud to present an exciting and varied programme. However, a week ago it became apparent that Guernsey would not be immune to the global impact of the COVID-19 virus and that every aspect of our daily lives would need to change.
At St James we took an early decision that our public events would need to be put on hold, as the health and welfare of our staff and all users of St James were paramount. We have followed the advice given by Guernsey’s Medical Officer of Health and have closed both St James and Café St James for at least the next month. In practice this closure will continue until we can safely reopen and we will publicise this as soon as matters become clearer.
Those who have already purchased tickets for postponed or cancelled events have been contacted and offered options of transferring tickets or receiving a refund. We are very sorry to have to disappoint those who have booked but, unfortunately, we are experiencing an unprecedented change to our normal routines while we do our part in protecting the whole community from the onset of COVID-19.
Because of the ongoing uncertainty about when we will again be able to offer a full programme of events we are not taking bookings for future events at present. Once we are able to do so we will be publicising the return of our normal services.
Café St James
While Café St James will remain closed for now we are taking the opportunity to give the Café a refresh and are creating a new menu. We plan a grand reopening later in the year and will publicise details as soon as we are able.
The Seat of Government
Those who have been studying the deliberations of the States Assembly closely will have noticed that the latest States Meeting was not held at the Royal Court but across the road in the main Hall at St James. When the Bailiff concluded that there would be a need for the States Deputies to observe “social distancing” for the States Meeting and that the usual venue could not provide this, we were able to step in and provide our Hall and hence become the Seat of Government for the time being. We were very pleased that we were able to play our part in assisting the Guernsey government to continue in these challenging times.
A Healthy Future
We are determined to play our part in “doing whatever it takes” to secure a healthy future for Guernsey and we fully support our government in its efforts to overcome the COVID-19 virus. We do hope that all our Friends and readers will remain healthy and we look forward to welcoming you all back to St James as soon as it is safe and