There is an increased amount of Norovirus in the community and Islanders are being reminded to be extra careful about personal hygiene and hand washing.
As we approach the season of Christmas parties and gatherings, Jersey’s Environmental Health department are asking businesses and other organisations with large numbers of customers or visitors to help reduce the risk of Norovirus by taking additional precautions.
Caterers should take extra care to ensure their staff adhere rigorously to reporting any sickness, and staying off work if they unwell. Enhanced routine cleaning of kitchens and staff toilet facilities with a chlorine based product will help prevent further spread of the virus.
Particular emphasis should be given to additional cleaning of areas where the public has access, especially toilets and hand washing facilities. Please ensure supplies of suitable soap and drying facilities are available and that any rubbish bins are emptied promptly.
The additional cleaning in kitchen, staff toilet and public toilet areas are advised as a matter of routine even in the absence of evident or reported illness in the facility.
These simple precautionary measures will help reduce possible spread of Norovirus and ensure we do all we can to ensure a healthy happy Christmas.