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Coronavirus: Isle of Man introduces new restrictions over variant concerns

Sun, 28 Nov 2021

Face coverings will become mandatory again on public transport in the Isle of Man from next week as part of measures to target the new coronavirus variant, Omicron, the Chief Minister has said.

That's despite no recorded cases of the variant on the Island.

22 individuals who have travelled to the Island and were in southern Africa in the past 10 days.  All 22 people have been contacted and those still on the Island have agreed to undergo testing.  The tests results we have so far received back are all negative for COVID-19.

Alfred Cannan said: "As omicron has not yet been detected on the Island, we assess the greatest risk at present to be from those arriving on our shores."

From from 4am on Tuesday, all international travellers who are fully vaccinated arriving from outside the Common Travel Area – that is anywhere outside of the UK, Ireland, Jersey and Guernsey – must self-isolate and have a PCR test within 48 hours of arriving in the Isle of Man.  They must remain in self isolation until they have received the result back.  If they are not fully vaccinated they will still be required to undergo the 7 day isolation period.
All travellers from within the Common Travel Area, regardless of their vaccination status will have to commit to undertaking a Lateral Flow Test within 12 hours of arrival in the Isle of Man.  All arrivals from within the Common Travel Area will be required to make a clear statement as to their intent and understanding of this new testing requirement on their landing form and we will develop a facility for them to let us know when they have done so.
"Earlier this month I set out a COVID-19 Winter Framework for the Island, which established three alert levels and introduced varying levels of likely response from the Government."
"I am today confirming that we are raising our status from Level 1 to Alert Level 2.  This means that we are increasing the ask for national mitigations." added Cannan.
Other restrictions include the mandatory wearing of a face covering on public transport – including on the ferry and aircraft – and in all health and social care settings."


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