PROPOSALS have been submitted by the Chief Minister for a four-day bank-holiday weekend in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year.
If Senator John Le Fondré’s plans are approved, Thursday 2 June and Friday 3 June would be designated public holidays to honour Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign.
The dates mirror those proposed by the United Kingdom and Guernsey and would see the 30 May bank holiday moved to 2 June.
Senator Le Fondré said: ‘This act is proposed following consultation with the Bailiff’s Chambers and the Council of Ministers to mark the Platinum Jubilee with a special four-day bank holiday weekend.
‘The Bailiff’s Chambers have led on arranging a number of events and activities to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee locally, including events planned over the proposed bank-holiday weekend.’
According to Senator Le Fondré’s proposition, the estimated cost of paying government staff and those from non-ministerial departments who would have otherwise worked is about £1.38 million per day.
He added: ‘This is not an additional cost to the government. However, it does reflect the cost of a day’s lost work.’ The proposition is due to be debated on 1 March.