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General guidance

The Chief Minister has announced new circuit break measures to protect the Island from the risk of community spread of coronavirus. For further advice see Current Situation

Latest updates

Read the latest updates and find information on the current situation.

Current situation

Guidance on face coverings

From 00:01 on Wednesday 3 March 2021 wearing a face covering is mandatory on public transport, and strongly recommended when in public places.

Handwashing & hygiene

Effective handwashing and drying is the single most important thing you can do to help to reduce the spread of infections.


For anyone returning to the Island three tests will be required, on the first, sixth or seventh, and the thirteenth day of isolation. If you do not wish to be tested, you must complete a 21 day period of mandatory self-isolation instead.

Social distancing and good hygiene

From 00:01 on Wednesday 03 March 2021 the 2 metre social distancing is re-introduced in the Isle of Man to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Please respect others and always maintain a distance of 2 metres from those outside of your household.

Symptoms and Self Assessment

If you develop any of the above symptoms, please now complete the Isle of Man COVID-19 Screening Assessment. Completion of this assessment will decide whether a further telephone assessment needs to be undertaken by calling the Isle of Man COVID-111 telephone service or if no further action is required.

Leaving the house & exercise

During this lockdown you will be able to exercise outdoors, for any length of time. However, we advise you to stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – exercise locally wherever possible and please do not travel unnecessarily. You should try to avoid communal or busy areas (parks/beaches) and wash your hands where possible. Face coverings are strongly recommended when in busy public areas.

Gatherings, events and movement

Please continue to stay at home as much as possible, except for essential purposes. These essential purposes include shopping, exercise, hospital appointments and work (for key workers or other essential sectors), but all non-essential retail and indoor leisure venues are closed, and hospitality venues are take-away only.

Vulnerable groups

Those individuals who are clinically extremely vulnerable people should stay at home as much as possible and to avoid any face-to-face contact. This is because they are at a high risk of severe illness from coronavirus.

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections. These can range from the common cold to more serious diseases.

Testing & results

Until you receive your test result DO NOT stop self-isolating because you are feeling better.

On island private COVID-19 PCR Test

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) are able to provide a private COVID-19 PCR test chargeable at £50.00 per person per test.

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