Isle of Man Government has released an updated version of the Exit Framework, which outlines the Isle of Man’s longer term approach to COVID-19.
The exit approach contains three key phases: Preparation, Transition and Release.
Since the publication of the initial framework, significant progress has been made in terms of the Island’s vaccination programme, the UK’s vaccination programme, and scientific progress which evidences increased effectiveness of individual vaccines, and increased protection of transmission for first doses.
We are now approaching the end of the Preparation phase (March – April 2021) and are moving into the phase of Transition.
In this phase, significant amounts of change are expected, including to our borders, and the revised framework document key indicative dates that we expect to make these changes by. We cannot rule out major developments (such as variants of concern) that may impact our ability, but it does provide a blue print for restoring unrestricted British Isles travel, which supports many of our residents and businesses who need more freedom of travel:
Exit framework proposed milestones
Transition Stage 1: 1 May 2021
Borders Level 3 – Family, Partners and Property Owners
Status: 1 May 2021 - Implemented fully
Transition Stage 2: 29 May 2021*
Borders Level 2 – Non-Resident Mitigated Travel
Status: 24 May 2021 Level 2.5 implemented as interim alternative to Level 2. Opens up reduced pathways for residents, family, partners and property owners. Does not allow non-resident travel at this stage
Transition Stage 3: 28 June 2021*
Borders Level 1 - Unrestricted travel to and from the UK, Guernsey and Jersey; Restrictions may apply if travelling from outside of these areas
Status: Under regular review
* these are indicative dates for a potential change. The level of change and the dates are subject to ongoing review
The revised framework also marks an important move from a strategy of Elimination to a strategy of Mitigation, which means accepting that we must learn to live with Coronavirus, but that we are able to adopt healthy habits that can protect our community.
Moving to mitigation will mean that we need to adopt collective responsibility and can all play our part in reducing the risk of Coronavirus, by:
- Maintain high levels of hygiene, keep hands clean and cover coughs and sneezes
- If you are unwell, stay at home and contact 111
- Wear a face covering if requested or based on personal choice
- Coronavirus has a higher risk of spread in Close Contact Settings, Confined Spaces, and Crowded Places. Think 'Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air' to make a personal choice about your individual circumstances
- Businesses can help staff and customers in maintaining hygiene and supporting personal choice
- Government will have a responsibility to maintain and develop robust policies and processes that support this approach
Using data to inform our decision making
The Exit Framework sets out key indicators (see page five) for the Island's border, testing and isolation response over the mid term future.
Public Health Isle of Man and Isle of Man Government use 14 day notification rate as a metric for assessing the UK's position, rather than 7 day prevalence rates which are used by the UK Government. For more information on these rates, and the latest Coronavirus data for the Isle of Man, click here.