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Stay at home (self-isolation)

This guidance may change and people are advised to stay informed of the latest developments.

 

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

You must self-isolate if you have coronavirus symptoms

Stay at home if you have either:

  • a temperature of more than 37.8C (100F)
  • OR, a new and persistent cough

 

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You will have to stay at home for 14 days. 

  • DO NOT go to work, school or public areas
  • DO NOT use public transport or taxis
  • DO NOT have visitors, such as friends and family, in your home
  • DO NOT go out to buy food or collect medicine – order them by phone or online, or ask someone else to drop them off at your home
  • YOU CAN use your garden, if you have one.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service at gov.im/covidtest to find out what to do. 

If your symptoms worsen during self-isolation or are no better after 14 days, contact your GP/MEDS. For a medical emergency dial 999. 

If you have just arrived in the Isle of Man

If YOU HAVE symptoms, please tell someone on arrival.  You will be asked to wait in a separate room and call 111 and they will tell you what to do next.

If you DO NOT have symptoms, you’ll still need to stay at home for 14 days, even if you don’t have symptoms.  Other household members DO NOT have to self-isolate.

  • DO NOT go to work, school or public areas
  • DO NOT use public transport or taxis
  • DO NOT have visitors, such as friends and family, in your home
  • DO NOT go out to buy food or collect medicine – order them by phone or online, or ask someone else to drop them off at your home
  • YOU CAN use your garden, if you have one. You can also leave the house to exercise if you DO NOT have symptoms, but stay at least 2 metres away from other people.

You may be eligible for an exemption to go to work if you are an essential worker.  Your employer must apply for this for you.  You cannot work until your exemption has been issued.

If you live with someone who is displaying symptoms, but you don’t have symptoms yourself

If you live with someone who is displaying symptoms, such as a new continuous cough and/or high temperature, then everyone in the household MUST self-isolate for 14 days. If anyone else in the household develops symptoms during that time, ALL household members must self-isolate for a further 14 DAYS from the day the symptoms started. 

  • DO NOT go to work, school or public areas
  • DO NOT use public transport or taxis
  • DO NOT have visitors, such as friends and family, in your home
  • DO NOT go out to buy food or collect medicine – order them by phone or online, or ask someone else to drop them off at your home
  • YOU CAN use your garden, if you have one. You can also leave the house to exercise if you do NOT have symptoms, but stay at least 2 metres away from other people.

If you are classed as very vulnerable because you are in one of the following groups

  • people who have received an organ transplant and remain on ongoing immunosuppression medication
  • people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia who are at any stage of treatment
  • people with severe chest conditions such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma (requiring hospital admissions or courses of steroid tablets)
  • people with severe diseases of body systems, such as severe kidney disease (dialysis)

You are strongly advised to self-isolate for the next 12 WEEKS and avoid all face to face contact.

Visits from people who provide essential support to you such as healthcare, personal support with your daily needs or social care should continue, but carers and care workers must stay away if they have any of the symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). All people coming to your home should wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds on arrival to your house and often whilst they are there.

If you live with someone who is self-isolating, but does not have symptoms

If you live with someone who is self-isolating, but does not have symptoms then you CAN go to the shop to buy basic necessities as infrequently as possible, and leave your house to exercise once a day in line with current guidelines.  You should not to go work unless you are a key worker and you should reduce all social interaction with people outside of your household and practice social distancing at all times.

If you or a member of your household starts to show any symptoms, you must both immediately self-isolate for 14 days. If anyone else in the household develops symptoms during that time, ALL household members must self-isolate for a further 14 DAYS from the day the symptoms started.

Penalties 

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. 

Personal Waste

Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin.

Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.