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Social distancing and good hygiene

The Isle of Man has now lifted its social distancing measures for persons who have been living on the Isle of Man for at least 14 days. This is due to the fantastic commitment and work of the Manx public.

Any person arriving on the Isle of Man should wear a face covering until they enter their place of self-isolation and should undertake social distancing of 2 metres so far as is reasonably practicable.  Please refer to Travel advice for further information.


What does this mean?

You are no longer required to stay 2 meters away from other people. It is for you to decide where you are comfortable being and who you are comfortable being with; if you want to keep people at an arm’s length for the time being, then that is for you to decide.

The requirement of PPE still remains in health and care environments..

Good hygiene practices 

As we move towards the ‘New Normal’, we ask you to be responsible and continue to adhere to good hygiene practices.

  • Continue to wash your hands frequently, for the recommended 20 seconds
  • Stay home if you are sick. Don’t go to work or school and don’t socialise
  • Use a tissue, or cough and sneeze into your arm, not your hand. Turn away from other people
  • Use single-use tissues. Dispose of the tissue immediately
  • Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing or using tissues
  • Avoid close contact with people who have symptoms
  • If working with children, have them play with hard surface toys that can be easily cleaned
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands (viruses can transfer from your hands and into the body)
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home
  • If you are displaying symptoms of coronavirus, stay at home, call the COVID-111 line and ask about testing

Workplace hygiene 

Workplaces can help by having an infection control plan in place which includes: 

  • providing clean handwashing facilities
  • offering alcohol-based hand sanitisers when regular facilities are not available (or to people out delivering or on the road)
  • providing boxes of tissues and encouraging their use
  • providing disinfectant wipes, especially for use in common areas
  • cleaning surfaces more often, such as door knobs, handles, stair railings, bars, desks, phones, kitchens, shared computers, cash registers, elevator buttons and restaurant tables/menus
  • reminding staff to not share cups, glasses, dishes and cutlery. Be sure dishes are washed in soap and water after use
  • removing magazines and papers from waiting areas or common rooms (such as tea rooms and kitchens)
  • considering cleaning a person's workstation or other areas where they have been if a person has suspected or identified with an infection
  • making sure ventilation systems are working properly

Also see:   Guidance on cleaning in non-healthcare settings - COVID19 - (non-clinical settings)   |   Handwashing and hygiene   |   Managing household waste  

If you develop symptoms see self isolation.