This guidance may change and people are advised to check often to keep up with the latest advice.
Coronaviruses can be spread when people with the virus have close, sustained contact with people who are not infected. Typically this means spending more than 15 minutes within two metres of an infected person, such as talking to someone. The more you come into contact with the droplets from coughs and sneezes of an infected person, the more likely you are to catch the infection. This is the reason why people who either have the infection or show symptoms are being asked to self-isolate - to reduce the risk of infecting others.
The Isle of Man has now lifted its social distancing measures. This means 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. As we move towards our new normal, we must be responsible and continue to adhere to good hygiene practices.
Although we cannot guarantee that anyone is 100% safe from any risk of COVID-19, the risk is now low enough for people in the clinically vulnerable and clinically extremely vulnerable groups to start going about their lives again.