Submitted by Steve on 12:06, 4th Mar, 2020 | 0

In relation to Coronavirus - Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) or Covid-19 the GSPCA is closely following the advice from the States of Guernsey ( ) which as of the 4th March 2020 on their website states -

‘On 31st December 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) was informed of a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province in China. Early in January 2020 it was announced that a novel coronavirus had been identified, linked to a Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan City.

Public Health Services have been working with colleagues in Jersey and the UK to provide information and advice as the situation regarding the coronavirus develops. This page was last updated on 2 March 2020 at 15.30 hrs.

The virus was originally referred to as 2019-nCoV novel coronavirus. On 11 February 2020 the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses designated a name to this new coronavirus-Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). On the same day, the World Health Organization named the disease that is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 as COVID-19.

Grammar School Ski Trip February 2020 - following a recent trip to northern Italy, Public Health Services has asked a group of Grammar School students to self-isolate as a precaution. Read more here. Advice from Public Health is that households with siblings of Grammar Students on the ski trip should maintain good standards of hand hygiene and have a very low threshold for the three symptoms - cough, fever and shortness of breath. UPDATE 2 MARCH 2020- ALL TEST RESULTS WERE NEGATIVE.

There are no cases of COVID-19 in the Bailiwick and only 35 confirmed cases in the UK.

Public Health Services will continue to provide updates as the situation develops. In the meantime we are advising that everyone should always take simple daily precautions to help prevent the spread of respiratory illness. These include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick and have travelled to an area affected by the SARS-CoV-2.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands frequently or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser;
  • Follow good hygiene practices: cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, use tissues only once, disposing of them promptly and carefully, wash hands frequently.

Health & Social Care are working with other States Committees to ensure that we are prepared for cases locally.

We have considered our local response and plans are in place to manage a case of COVID-19 presenting to us. These have recently been tested when we exercised our Pandemic Influenza Plan in November last year. Many of the plans related to pandemic influenza are also relevant for an emerging novel respiratory virus. Our local plans may differ from those from Public Health England as we will consider the consequences of living on a small island and the impact of infection with SARS-CoV-2 Guernsey has limited health infrastructures (e.g. we only have one hospital) and the protection of our public health is paramount.

Further information can be found here:



This is in order for us to comply with the requirements and demands for dealing with a potential international Coronavirus (Covid-19) Outbreak

1.            We require all local emergency contact details to be updated.

2.            Signed confirmation from a local resident (18yrs+) that in case of emergency they will be prepared to house your & care for your pet(s).

-              if either you are detained or unable to return to the island as scheduled

-              if we are forced to close the Shelter due to a change in local conditions.

We will of course strive to maintain normal operations looking after your pet(s) and our local wildlife throughout, however some things may be outside of our control.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but we are sure you understand the reasons why.

Thank you from the GSPCA team

The above message is displayed at our reception desk. We are asking all boarding customers to help us with your pet(s) stay. Please complete this form ahead of your arrival and return to or we will ask you to complete this form in writing on the arrival. This to help ensure your pet has a wonderful stay and we have all information we require.

Normal operations at the GSPCA continue at present with heightened bio-security and we are asking all team members and visitors to follow the advice and public notices from the States of Guernsey.

The team are constantly reviewing the situation and we are working with the States Vet.

It is extremely important that all volunteers, staff and visitors use the Alcohol Surgical Hand Rubs provided and when washing hands you follow the signs and this advice

With hundreds of animals in our care and animals needing our help 24/7 we cannot do so much without your support.


Help us help animals this decade. From donating to Sponsoring a Pen, Buying a Brick for the much needed Wildlife Hospital to our Amazon and main page Wish List, holding a mufti day to a sponsored Christmas dip, here are some of the ways you could help give animals joy this year.

For lots more ideas on how you can support the shelter and the animals in our care then please visit our fundraising page

To see a list of our volunteer induction evenings which we hold each month and for more information please visit or call 257261

To find out more on trips, talks and our education work please email or call 01481 257261



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