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Leaving the house & exercise

As of 00:01 on Thursday 07 January 2021 the Isle of Man is entering a 3 week circuit-break lockdown to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

This includes asking residents to stay at home, Borders moving to level 5, as well as schools and non-essential services being closed. 


During this lockdown you will be able to exercise outdoors once a day, for any length of time. There is currently no restriction on your ability to travel for exercise. 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, and you cannot exercise with anyone outside of your household.

Exercise, recreation and leisure are important in keeping us mentally and physically well during these difficult times – especially when our usual clubs, gyms, pools or other facilities are closed. Some suggested activities that can still be undertaken (either alone or with members of your household)

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Running

Or why not join an online class suitable to your own ability, and workout from home – you can find classes in everything from Dance to Yoga, Chair based exercises to aerobics.

Some things to think about

  • Please respect the 2m social distancing from people outside your household at all times
  • Keep travel to a minimum - think local first
  • Take care visiting places for exercise that may be crowded
  • Avoid exercise or activities that may put you in danger. This may put additional pressure on emergency and health services
  • Be careful about touching sold surfaces e.g. gates, doors, play equipment etc
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home, avoid touching your face and take hand sanitiser with you to use while out if possible
  • We strongly recommend wearing face coverings

How long can I go out to exercise for?

There is no limit at the moment as to how long you can exercise for, but you should use common sense. These new restrictions are designed to reduce the spread of the coronavirus between people. The longer you are out, the more you risk spreading the disease or catching it from someone else, even though they may not have symptoms. You can exercise alone, or with others from your household.

If you have been told to self-isolate, you can exercise for an hour a day only.

Can I drive to a glen or other green space to walk?

There is currently no restriction on your ability to travel for exercise. However, we advise you to stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – please do not travel unnecessarily.

You can still take advantage of our open green space and glens for outdoor exercise once a day but only by yourself or within your household, not in groups.

You must always remain 2 metres apart from others outside your household at all times when outdoors and it is recommended that you wear a face covering when in public.

Please take notice that whilst all-Island speed limit has not been introduced at this stage, we advise you to take caution when travelling to ensure that Noble’s Hospital does not become overwhelmed during the coronavirus pandemic.

Can I still use a playground or park to exercise in?

Outdoor gyms, parks and playgrounds remain open, but you should always maintain a distance of 2 metres between you and others outside your household at all times. The use of a mask is strongly recommended.

Leaving the house

Am I allowed to leave the house?

You must stay at home, except where necessary. If you have symptoms of coronavirus, you must not leave your house unless you are told to do so by a member of the emergency services. You are only permitted to leave your home for:

  • Shopping for basic necessities such food, medicine and pet supplies. This must be as infrequent as possible
  • Postal services
  • To exercise, for an unlimited amount, once per day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household. You should keep a distance of 2 metres from people outside your household
  • You can travel somewhere to exercise, however we ask that you stay local where possible and avoid crowded places
  • Any medical need or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • Moving under 18s between the homes of separated parents
  • Going to school or childcare
  • Travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home

If you are unsure whether your reason for travel is permitted, non-medical enquiries should be directed to: +44 1624 686262, which is open 0800hrs-1800hrs each day.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, you should call 111.

Can I move house?

Homebuyers and renters should, where possible, delay moving to a new house while measures are in place to fight coronavirus.

If there is a contractual obligation to complete your move and it is not possible to delay, house moves can take place but only in accordance with the strict social-distancing measures. This includes not gathering in groups, keeping 2 metres away from other people and wearing masks.

I must move to a new house – can I hire a removal company?

House Removal companies can remain open and operative where you are not able to defer your move, and you have a contractual obligation to complete a house sale or to leave a property.

Can I view a house?

No. House viewings must not take place at the moment, even by estate agencies.

Where contracts have been exchanged, parties should try to agree to a delay in the physical element of the house move.

Can I share a car with a member of another household?

No, unless you are working in an essential sector such as emergency services, critical infrastructure or waste management where sharing is part of work activity and with suitable precautions, including PPE.

Can I go to my GP or other medical appointment?

If you are displaying symptoms of Coronavirus, please DO NOT visit your GP. Instead dial 111 for advice.

Otherwise, you can leave home for medical appointments where absolutely necessary. Please check with your GP first as they may be facilitating telephone consultations.

GP practices may postpone non-urgent health checks or routine appointments.

You should go to the doctor if there is an essential medical need.