Isle of Man lifts ALL Covid lockdown restrictions with pubs reopen and social distancing and masks scrapped
THE Isle of Man has today lifted all coronavirus lockdown restrictions with pubs reopening and masks scrapped.
Residents on the island, which has a population of 85,000, will no longer have to social distance from Monday morning.
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All schools and businesses will reopen with residents no longer asked to stay at home.
The Isle of Man Government has taken the drastic step after recording just 15 active cases as of January 31.
In comparison, yesterday’s figures showed another 587 Brits were recorded to have died with the virus in 24 hours.
And 21,088 more positive tests were recorded overnight.
ONLY 15 CASES
Isle of Man Chief Minister Howard Quayle announced a raft of changes to its “circuit breaker” restrictions on the Island.
Gyms and restaurants will also reopen and employees can return to work as normal in most settings.
The majority of public services will return to normal operation in the coming days – but the Isle of Man borders remain closed.
Meanwhile, every school in England remains shut along with restaurants and pubs while people need to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
The Isle of Man was able to limit the spread of the virus after closing its borders during the first lockdown in March last year.
The Island is not part of the UK and is a self-governing jurisdiction able to make its own rules.
We will, therefore, be lifting all lockdown restrictions for businesses and individuals from Monday."
It has now begun its vaccine rollout and Health Minister David Ashford said everyone on the island will be offered a coronavirus jab by the end of September.
He added that those aged 50 and over would receive the jabs by the end of May, with the rest of the population to follow.
Mr Quayle said: “We have been encouraged by the latest data, and we do not believe there is currently any evidence of community transmission.
“So, for those who are looking forward to catching up with loved ones and resuming normal life, we are as confident as we can be that it is safe to do so.
“We will, therefore, be lifting all lockdown restrictions for businesses and individuals from Monday.
“On February 1 residents can go out, visit friends and loved ones, children can go back to their classrooms, and businesses can reopen their doors.
“Social distancing and face coverings will be a matter of personal choice.
“Across the Island, remarkable work has been done to keep the numbers of new cases low, and we have cause for optimism as a result.
“Although we are so fortunate on the Isle of Man, there is still a pandemic going on around us, so we should keep our wits about us as we go forward.”
The Isle of Man was the first place in the British Isles to remove social distancing restrictions on June 15 2020.
With the exception of the border being closed to non-residents, the Island had been free from restrictions since then, until a second circuit breaker lockdown was introduced on January 7 2021.
The Isle of Man hit the headlines last year when a jetski Romeo was jailed for crossing the Irish Sea to meet his girlfriend on the island.
Lovesick Dale McLaughlan, 28, made the treacherous 4.5-hour trip from Irvine, Scotland to the Isle of Man to see girlfriend Jessica Radcliffe.
The dad was jailed for breaking coronavirus rules but later released three days early in time for Christmas.
Dale was slapped with a no entry certificate that bars him from entering the Isle of Man again.
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