Source:States of Guernsey (St. Peter Port)
Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 Updated: Tuesday, November 5, 2019
The States of Guernsey (the Guernsey Government) has submitted to Her Majesty's Procureur, for advice on any legal or constitutional implications, the Ordinance entitled "The Public Holidays Ordinance, 2019", which "provides for Monday 4th May not to be a public holiday, and for Friday 8th May to be a public holiday".
Early this summer (2019-07-08), the Committee for Economic Development had asked the States of Guernsey to move the 2020 annual May Bank Holiday from May 4, 2020, to Friday, May 8, 2020, to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, rather than the May 9, Liberation Day public holiday, a proposal which had then been expected to be approved at the then upcoming States of Guernsey meeting on July 17.
But, later that month (2019-07-19), the States of Guernsey announced that, in the end, it had decided that it would be the upcoming annual May 9, 2020, Liberation Day public holiday of Guernsey, which would be moved to Friday, May 8, 2020, to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, and not the May 4th May Bank Holiday, as had been expected.
In a subsequent (2019-08-14) and even more unexpected turn of events, the States of Guernsey (the Guernsey Government) has released a list of 2020 public holidays in Guernsey which has no public holiday on either May 4 or May 9, 2019.
The latest announced list of 2020 non-working public holidays in Guernsey, is in line with the June announcement (2019-06-08) by the UK Business Secretary, Greg Clark, that the upcoming non-working UK early-May public holiday would move from Monday, May 4, 2020, to Friday, May 8, 2020, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE-Day, as was done in 1995 for the 50th anniversary of VE-Day.
Jersey's Council of Ministers has also proposed that Friday, May 8, 2020, be declared a one-off non-working public holiday in Jersey, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE-Day (2019-06-13), although this change to Jersey's 2020 non-working public holidays has not yet been confirmed officially.
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