3rd April 2020


Ten days into the coronavirus lockdown Sark is doing a whole lot better than most other jurisdictions the world over. At the moment, all indications are that we have been, and remain, Covid-19 free. What is clear is that it is the willingness of the people to adhere to the conditions of the coronavirus lockdown that is proving to be the most powerful weapon in the armoury available with which to protect ourselves from this silent killer. ‘Lockdown by consent’ has been the key to our success. A message issued from the Constable’s office yesterday evening shows that their firm yet understanding approach is working.

The Constables are on the front line of our battle to keep Sark coronavirus-free. They are best placed to assess how we are doing and their belief that, as a result of ‘lockdown by consent’, life may get back to some sort of normality sooner rather than later provides a welcome glimmer of light in these dark times.

However, until we hear otherwise, lockdown must continue. Everyone on Sark must give the Constables 100% support in their efforts to keep us free from the effects of a pandemic unseen in living memory.


‘I have asked Kevin if he would put the following message from the Constables in this publication. The reason for this is due to some people not having access to the internet but who do have access to this newspaper.

We would like to express our thanks and gratitude to over 99% of the islands residents, who have been instrumental in keeping our island safe by agreeing to keep within the borders of the property they live in and performing social distancing when out for their 2 hours walk, cycling etc. Although it has been hard to stay at home and not be able to go to work, it will result in us being able to assess the level, if any, of the contamination of Covid-19.

If none, it could mean we may be able to start lifting some of the restrictions in place for us on this island earlier than we thought, we are not sure exactly when this will be. So until then, please continue to show your support for the Pandemic Emergency Committee, the Ambulance crew and our Doctor by carrying on doing what has been asked of you until we get back to some sort of normality.

Thank you

The Constables Danny Gale
and Paul Burgess.’