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Be Safe, Be Smart, Be Kind

Living with COVID-19

The personal choices and individual measures we all take will play a major part of our defence against Coronavirus. You can help protect our Island by:

  • Being SAFE – and adopting healthy habits to protect yourself and others from Coronavirus. Think Hands, Face, Space and Fresh air in every situation.
  • Being SMART – and making informed personal decisions. Use trusted data sources to make choices about who you visit, what you do and where you go. 
  • Being KIND – and respecting others. Everyone’s situation is unique. Be kind and respect the choices that others make to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.

Coronavirus is highly contagious and it especially spreads through Close Contact, in Crowded Places and in Confined Spaces. The risk increases when these factors overlap. 

 

New campaign for children and families launched

Isle of Man Government have commissioned local theatre company, Hello Little People, to produce a video designed to help young people remember how they can mitigate the risks of catching and passing on COVID-19.

The short video reminds both students and parents, in a fun and memorable way, of the parts they can play in reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission in our community.

The song and video has been written and produced by Michelle James and Chloe Shimmin from Hello Little People exclusively for the campaign and follows the character ‘COVID-19’ describing the best ways everyone can ensure they are staying safe whilst it is around.

Be Safe, Be Smart, Be Kind

 Hands

Fact: Coronavirus can live for more than 24 hours in indoor environments.

What you can do:

Effective handwashing and drying can help to reduce the spread of infections. Washing your hands properly with soap and warm water or using alcohol based hand gel and drying your hands thoroughly can help protect you, your family, children and others.

See Handwashing

 Face

In the Isle of Man the use of face coverings is now mandatory on all public transport and when entering any health and social care settings. Face coverings are also expected in  crowded or indoor spaces with limited ventilation such as public buildings. Some service providers may still require face coverings as a condition of entry.

Fact: Face coverings reduce the dispersion of smaller droplets of the virus, called aerosols that can stay in the air indoors for at least 5 minutes

What you can do:

Face coverings reduce the dispersion of these droplets, meaning if you’re carrying the virus you’re less likely to spread it to others when you exhale. 

For detailed guidance see Guidance on face coverings

 Space

In the Isle of Man there is currently no requirement to maintain social distance from those outside of your household

Fact: Transmission of the virus is most likely to happen within 2 metres, with risk increasing exponentially at shorter distances

What you can do:

Remaining mindful of your surroundings and continuing to make space has a powerful impact when it comes to containing the spread. Stay respectful of others around you who continue to practise social distancing

For detailed guidance see: Guidance on social distancing

 Fresh Air

Fact: If someone breathes in virus particles that are suspended in the air, they can become infected with COVID-19. This is known as airborne transmission.

What you can do:

Ventilation is the process of introducing fresh air into indoor spaces while removing stale air. Letting fresh air into indoor spaces can help remove air that contains virus particles and prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

See: Ventilation of indoor spaces to stop the spread of coronavirus

 COVID-19 vaccination programme

As more of the population are vaccinated, we expect to see lower transmission of the virus and fewer people becoming ill or dying from the virus. 

Fact: While vaccines help to protect you against serious health complications associated with viruses, they are not 100% effective, meaning you can still get infected.

What you can do:

  1. Continue to protect yourself and others even if you have been vaccinated by thinking 'Hands, Face, Space, Fresh Air'
  2. If you have symptoms, call 111 and ask for a PCR test, even if you have been vaccinated.
  3. Test yourself twice a week using lateral flow tests to monitor for the virus

See COVID-19 vaccination programme

  Events and gatherings

If you are the organiser of an event or gathering, visit our advice and guidance page.

If you own or operate a business, visit our business ‘best practice’ guidance page.

Attending an event or gatherings

While no situation is risk free it is important to recognise the pressures winter brings from increased indoor mixing at local events and gatherings. Attendees at such events must therefore ensure they are aware of the actions and mitigations they can implement to protect themselves and others around them.

Face coverings

When mixing with people you don’t normally mix with face coverings are strongly advised, especially where other mitigations such as distancing or ventilation are more difficult to achieve at crowded event locations. Event organisers or local venues may encourage customers, attendees and their workers to wear a face covering wherever possible. If a particular setting proves difficult to allow distancing or ventilation, then other mitigations such as face coverings become more important.

Increased hygiene and cleaning

Strong hygiene practices are especially important when in indoor public spaces and attending events. Event organisers should be conducting increased cleaning regimes and are encouraged to provide hand sanitising stations which attendees should make use of where available.

Lateral flow testing

Free lateral flow tests continue to be provided. Not everyone displays COVID-19 symptoms and transmission of the virus occurs through those unaware they have the virus. Regular testing twice per week (daily for close contacts of a case) will greatly help people to be alert to their infection and take action to help stop it spreading in a timely manner.

Testing before attending large events as well as before visiting vulnerable people is encouraged. Anyone with a positive lateral flow test and anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should arrange their PCR test online or via 111 and isolate whilst awaiting their results to protect others from the virus.

Twice weekly lateral flow testing following attendance at an event will alert people to their infection and allow them to take action to help stop it spreading in a timely manner.

Further measures to consider

Event organisers may implement further measures to mitigate against the increased risk of indoor events and gatherings such as one-way systems, the use of eTickets, staggered admission and reductions in crowd density. Event attendees should therefore make themselves aware before attending an event of any specific measures that may be in place to help reduce the risk of transmission.