There should be no public gatherings in public spaces of more than two people, apart from in the following circumstances:
- Where the gathering is a group of people who live together – for instance, if a parent needs to take multiple children with them to the shop where there is no option to leave them at home
- For attendance at school by both students and staff
- For attendance at court for the purposes of a hearing or trial
- To deliver an essential services such as a medical emergency
- In order to care for a child or adult who would otherwise suffer avoidable harm
- Only immediate family can attend funerals, where strict social distancing measures must be observed.
- For a tradesperson to carry our emergency work or repairs
Where the gathering is essential for work purposes, workers should try to minimise all meetings and practice social distancing when meetings are necessary.
This had led to the closure of pubs, restaurants and cafes, as well as gyms, swimming pools the NSC and attractions. The vast majority of local events have also been cancelled. Exercising in public glens and parks is not currently restricted, however you should only do so alone or with a member of your household.
These measures have been put in place to protect the Island’s community, and are enforceable by law. Legislation introduced under the Emergency Power Act can see penalties of up to £10,000 or three months in prison for those breaking rules on social distancing and self-isolation. Once approved by the Legislative Council, police will also be able to issue on-the-spot fines of up to £250 for those infringing stay at home guidelines.