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Coronavirus measures announced to protect community and economy

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Chief Minister Howard Quayle MHK has today announced emergency measures to protect the Isle of Man and its residents in light of the global coronavirus pandemic.

Decisions have been made in the best interests of the Island’s community and economy following work which took place over the weekend and meetings held today by the Council of Ministers.

  • Anyone arriving in the Isle of Man from 23.59 tomorrow (Tuesday 17 March) will be required to take immediate action:
    • Those displaying symptoms of coronavirus will be required to self-isolate for at least 14 days
    • Those not displaying symptoms of coronavirus will be required to self-isolate for at least 14 days, to eliminate the possibility they are carrying infection
  • Those aged 70 and over or pregnant or have underlying health conditions are strongly advised to take extra care to prevent the possibility of being infected. More guidance will be issued shortly
  • The 2020 Isle of Man TT is cancelled to protect the Island’s critical care services
  • Schools will remain open
  • Testing for coronavirus in the community will be stepped up with immediate effect
  • Due to the measures being introduced today, at this stage Government will not be placing any restriction on public gatherings
  • The Government will be taking necessary steps to postpone both the 2020 local authority general elections and the Douglas South by-election until further notice
  • A package of measures will be introduced by the Treasury to support the Island’s workforce and protect the economy

The Chief Minister said:

‘We are taking action to protect our residents and to ensure life can continue as normal as possible during this unpredictable time.

‘We are advising against all non-essential travel off the Island, and the measures being introduced from tomorrow are aimed at minimising the risk of those arriving in the Island infecting our population.’

He added:

‘We still have no confirmed Covid-19 cases but residents should continue to be vigilant over hygiene and hand-washing, and help friends and neighbours who would appreciate some support.

‘Some retailers are already making provision for the infirm and older people to shop for provisions and that is the kind of community spirit we need at this time. I urge residents to be responsible when shopping and think of others rather than buying more than is necessary.

‘We are entering a period when life will be different and must work together through patience, co-operation and consideration. 

‘We will issue regular updates as the situation evolves.’