Any legal requirements for social distancing in our community have been removed. Businesses will no longer be legally required to take steps in relation to social distancing, such as encouraging employees to work from home, or limiting the number of customers in shops.
Both indoor and outdoor eating is also now permitted. Many food businesses are still offering takeaway and delivery services for those that are struggling to leave the house, are vulnerable or self-isolating.
There are also a number of websites available that provide further information on which providers are offering these services:
Local produce deliveries and food retailers
The majority of food shops are now open but local producers have been adapting their business models to offer home deliveries to residents Island-wide.
The Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture has created a space to centralise links to businesses offering Manx produce for home delivery. This site also hosts a downloadable PDF with contact numbers for those without access to the internet to place orders.
An online list of local food retailers' opening hours can also be accessed here.
See also: General business guidance
Key workers and vulnerable groups
Many of the Island’s essential food retail premises are operating special opening hours allowing senior citizens, vulnerable customers, and key workers including NHS, emergency and care workers, to undertake their shopping before the general public.
The Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture has created a page to centralise these dedicated opening hours.
For those who are struggling to leave the house, are vulnerable or encountering financial difficulties, there are a number of local charities that are offering additional help during this difficult time.
The Isle of Man Food Bank is providing emergency food parcels which they can provide locally or via a drive through service.
See also: Charities that can help