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Business opening information

Update 21 May 2020:

  • Non-essential private practice health therapies (physiotherapy, podiatry etc.) can reopen with immediate effect if they are able to demonstrate appropriate risk assessments and have any necessary personal protection equipment

  • Self-catering accommodation may reopen from 25 May

  • Service companies can start a gradual, phased return to work from 25 May

  • Lifestyle businesses (beauticians, hairdressers, barbers, tattoo artists) can reopen from 1 June, provided that they carry out a risk assessment, have any necessary personal protection equipment and maintain – for 28 days – a record of all their customers for tracing purposes should the need arise

  • Restaurants and cafés can start making preparations for a possible opening of any outdoor areas on 1 June for food-led services. This may require an adaption of existing seating to ensure social distancing. Guidance will be published in the week commencing 25 May and assistance will be provided for those needed to increase or create outside dining areas

In line with the Isle of Man Government’s medium-term response to the COVID-19 pandemic, certain businesses are now able to reopen in line with strict social distancing measures. 

A roadmap has been established to enable shops and other retail businesses to possibly open from Monday 18 May.

Businesses, particularly those which are office-based, must continue to enable staff to work from home, wherever possible. A phased return may be introduced from Monday 25 May, based on risk assessments that demonstrate an employer’s ability to provide a safe place to work. Regulations will be adjusted to enable companies to investigate how this may be done, and to allow staff access to premises to put measures in place. The decision to introduce a phased return will be made in due course and this website will be updated with further guidance for businesses.

For all businesses that have not been mandated to close – please see general business guidance.

The following businesses and premises are able to open:

     Construction, Trades & Horticulture

Construction

Since 6am on Friday 24 April, the construction sector are now able to return to work provided that they are able to observe strict social distancing while doing so.

See also: 
Guidance for construction sites

Guidance for employees and work in people's homes

Trades

Since 6am on Friday 24 April, certain trades are now able to return to work provided that they are able to observe strict social distancing while doing so.

No work should be carried out by a tradesperson who has coronavirus symptoms, however mild.

See also:

Guidance for businesses and employees

Guidance for employees and work in people's homes

Any business of landscaping, gardening or related activity

Since 6am on Friday 24 April, Gardeners and the horticultural sector are now able to return to work, provided that they are able to observe social distancing guidelines when doing so.

See also:

Guidance for businesses and employees

Guidance for employees and work in people's homes

     Retail

Essential shops and services have remained open throughout the pandemic.

Examples:

  • Supermarkets and other food shops
  • Health shops
  • Pharmacies and chemists
  • Petrol stations
  • Bicycle shops
  • Hardware shops
  • Agricultural merchants
  • Builders merchants
  • Veterinary surgeries and pet shops
  • Corner shops and newsagents
  • Off-licenses and licensed shops selling alcohol, including those within breweries
  • Laundrettes and dry cleaners
  • All Post Offices
  • Car rental services and car parks in towns, cities and near to takeaways may remain open, to facilitate essential activity (e.g. where they are supporting hospitals, supermarkets or takeaways)
  • High street banks, building societies, short-term loan providers, credit unions and cash points.
  • Storage and distribution facilities, including delivery drop off points.
  • Public toilets

All other shops and retail businesses may open from Monday 18th May as long as they following social distancing measures. See Non-Essential Retail Guidance

Examples:

  • Electronic shops
  • Book shops
  • Jewellers
  • Gift shops
  • Stationary/home office equipment suppliers
  • Charity shops
  • Furniture and homeware shops
  • Clothes shops and sporting equipment shops
  • Florists 

Garden centres

Since Monday 11 May, garden centres are now able to open with full social distancing measures in place. Those with cafes must provide takeaway services only, in line with restrictions in place for similar enterprises across the Island.

Update 21 May 2020: Restaurants and cafes can start making preparations for a possible opening of any outdoor areas on 1 June for food-led services. This may require an adaption of existing seating to ensure social distancing. Guidance will be published in the week commencing 25 May and assistance will be provided for those needed to increase or create outside dining areas

Car Showrooms & Services

Car garages and repair shops have remained open throughout the pandemic.

  • The Council of Ministers has agreed that car showrooms may open from Monday 18th May.

Betting Shops

The Council of Ministers has agreed that betting shops may open from Monday 18th May. Guidelines are now available to help businesses prepare. See Non-Essential Retail Guidance

Shopping Centres

The Council of Ministers has agreed that shopping centres may open from Monday 18th May. Guidelines are now available to help businesses prepare. See Non-Essential Retail Guidance

     Medical Services

Private physiotherapy, chiropody and podiatry clinics

Can reopen with immediate effect from 21 May if they are able to demonstrate appropriate risk assessments and have any necessary personal protection equipment.

Additional guidance for on-site and remote physiotherapy, chiropody and podiatry services

  • A full risk assessment of the working environment for which you are responsible must be undertaken and documented, and you must demonstrate that all measures designed to mitigate risk and fulfil legal and regulatory obligations are in place.
  • You should keep patients/customers separate from each other and practise social distancing measures at all times where possible.
  • You must follow Public Health England (PHE) COVID-19 infection prevention and control (IPC) guidelines.
  • You must provide and use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and have systems and policies in place that govern its use.  Clear guidance on the equipment needed in various settings can be found here: Recommended PPE for primary, outpatient, community and social care by setting, NHS and independent sector.
  • A ‘virtual first’ approach with remote consultations must remain standard practice during this period.
  • You must undertake a risk assessment and make a clinically reasoned decision for offering either a face-to-face or remote consultation for each patient and for each of their planned contacts. You must document your rationale for these decisions.
    • You must engage your patients in discussions regarding the rationale for remote or face-to-face consultations.
  • If both parties deem it necessary to proceed with face-to-face care, the patient should be made aware of all current risks associated with this approach. They must give their consent and you must document these discussions and the outcome.
  • You may become legally liable if they fail to risk manage treatments and their clinical environment to safeguard patients for example with insufficient PPE, sanitisation, social distancing and other reasonable safety measures. Informed consent should now include reference to COVID-19 and compliance with any legal obligations.

In addition to the above - all regulated healthcare professionals are expected to follow the advice of their regulator and appropriate professional bodies, of which a full list can be found online.

 Miscellaneous

Auction houses

Auction houses can open with immediate effect as long as they have appropriate social distancing measures in place. 

Campsites

Campsites can now reopen with effect from Wednesday 20 May.

Cleaners

With effect from Wednesday 20 May, domestic cleaners – like commercial cleaners - can resume work as long as they can do so in a manner that is safe for them and the household where they work. 

Estate Agents and home moves

Estate Agents and businesses involved in the home move process are allowed to resume operations including viewings and removals, with effect from Monday 18 May, following the guidance provided.

Libraries

With effect from Wednesday 20 May, libraries can open to the public as long as they have appropriate social distancing measures in place. 

Photographers

Photographers may resume activity but only for outdoor work, following social distancing guidelines.