Published: 2020-03-21 10:25:58.0
The Isle of Man has introduced emergency measures to protect the Isle of Man and its residents in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Decisions have been made in the best interests of the Island's community.
Anyone arriving in the Isle of Man is required to take immediate action:
- Those displaying symptoms of coronavirus will be required to self-isolate for at least 14 days (see Self-Isolation Current Guidance drop down menu below). If anyone else in the household develops symptoms during that time, ALL household members must all self-isolate for a further 14 DAYS from the day the symptoms started.
- 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 (see Self-Isolation Current Guidance drop down menu below)
- Those aged 70 and over, those who are pregnant, and those who have underlying health conditions are strongly advised to take extra care to prevent the possibility of being infected
A statement made by the Chief Minister on further measures is available online.
As of 20 March 2020, in the Isle of Man there have been 77 concluded tests and 2 confirmed cases.
The Chief Minister said:
‘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.'
Health Protection staff within the Public Health Directorate are working with colleagues across the Department of Health and Social Care and across Government to ensure that up to date guidance - which is updated daily to reflect the rapidly evolving situation - is implemented.
This self-isolation id mandatory, those who do not adhere to the rules are liable to arrest and prosecution.