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Christmas partygoers urged to take lateral flow test, says Gov

Wed, 01 Dec 2021

The Manx Government has suggested people take a lateral flow test before attending Christmas parties.

A number of large companies on the Island have already cancelled their work Christmas parties over concerns about the new Omicron variant - despite no recorded cases on the Isle of Man.

Government officials are also asking event organisers and hosts to promote the use of Lateral Flow tests to their audiences and attendees.

Minister for Health and Social Care, Lawrie Hooper MHK added: “Lateral Flow tests have proven to be very effective in identifying cases of COVID-19 here in the Isle of Man, and they also provide a convenient and quick method of self-testing, due to the fact they can be taken in the comfort of your own home.

"We are grateful to businesses for the way in which they have adapted to this weeks increased guidance and we hope that these further steps will help to provide them with greater opportunity to stay open this Christmas”

Later, businesses from the hospitality sector will meet to discuss concerns about the current crisis.


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