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Stay responsible

The Isle of Man Government's long term framework for COVID-19

As of Monday 15 June people are no longer required to stay 2 metres away from other people.

There are no time limits for exercise or leisure activities and you can now go shopping for non-essential items.  Meeting friends and family is a really important way of helping to look after our mental wellbeing and keeping in touch. 

How you can stay responsible

  1. If you're ill, stay at home.  Don't go to work or school.  Don't socialise.

  2. If you have Coronavirus symptoms, stay at home, call the COVID-111 line and ask about testing.

  3. Continue to wash your hands frequently for the recommended 20 seconds.

  4. Continue to sneeze or cough into a tissue or your elbow and regularly disinfect shared surfaces.

  5. If you are told by health authorities to self-isolate you must do so immediately.

  6. If you're concerned about your well-being or have underlying health conditions, work with your GP to understand how best to stay healthy.

  7. Keep track of who you have seen and where you have been incase you need to access this information for the contact tracing team.

  8. Remain vigilant.  Our community's efforts have given us an Island that is as safe as it possibly can be.  However, COVID-19 continues to circulate in most of the world, meaning there remains a risk of further cases here.  Stay prepared to reintroduce restrictions if required.  Stay responsible.

Foreword from Chief Minister Howard Quayle, MHK

As an Island, we should be proud of the way our community has responded to the Coronavirus pandemic which has now led to a current status of no active cases in the community. 

The Isle of Man Government approached the easing of restrictions using a three stage approach - 'Stay at Home', 'Stay Safe' and 'Stay Responsible'. We are now at that third stage and we are asking you to 'Stay Responsible' as we continue to protect the vulnerable in our community from the threat of COVID-19.

Despite the lack of cases currently active in our community, we must still be vigilant and prepared to react quickly as an Island in the event of an increase in infections. 

To ensure guidelines for our community are clear, we have introduced five Response Levels and our key actions are outlined in this document. As with 'Stay Safe', 'Stay Responsible' is only a framework and the situation will need regular review and dynamic decisions depending upon the overall local and global position.

By anticipating what may need to happen upon positive cases returning and increasing, our aim is to reduce the time taken to implement the next level of restrictions. In doing so we can limit the risk of transmission rather than going more heavily into lockdown and reintroducing measures that can prove challenging for our society and our economy.

I sincerely hope that we never need to use this framework in earnest, however, I believe in being prepared and I want to ensure we are all in a position to understand, and respond quickly and decisively, should the need arise.

The COVID-19 Response Level Scale

Level 4 Level 3 Level 2 level 1 Level 0
Lockdown Stay at Home Stay Safe Stay Responsible Pandemic Over

Covid-19 response level scale


What actions are your Government taking to be prepared?


Testing continues to be available for everyone with symptoms.  We will routinely test a number of groups of asymptomatic people to see whether the virus is continuing to circulate on Island.  We are also rolling out a programme of antibody testing to see how many residents have been infected since the start of the pandemic.


The Contact Tracing Team identify close contacts of confirmed cases so that they can self-isolate to manage the spread of the virus and control sporadic cases.  This team will be ready to respond to any outbreak and will act quickly in identifying the source to ensure the protection of the broader population.


We will constantly monitor the overall position, both globally and locally, and be ready to adapt our response rapidly and flexibly, as the situation demands. We will also actively require self-isolation for travellers and for those identified as high risk contacts of positive cases.