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Guernsey Amends 2020 Public Holidays

Source: States of Guernsey (St. Peter Port)
Posted on Friday, July 19, 2019


In a somewhat unexpected turn of events, the States of Guernsey (the Guernsey Government) has 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.

Recall that, earlier this month (2019-07-08), the Committee for Economic Development has asked the States of Guernsey (the Guernsey Government) 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.

The final change to the 2020 non-working public holidays of Guernsey, despite its departure from the initial proposal, would still be 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.

Note that 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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