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Borders could be fully open by end of June

Gradual reopening could start at beginning of May

Unrestricted travel to and from the Isle of Man could be allowed from the end of June.

Government has published the second version of its Covid-19 Exit Framework which is due to be debated in Tynwald this week.

You can see the full document here. 

The timetable will be dependent on the situation both here and in the UK at the times of planned gradual opening up.

From 1 May the borders could move to Level 3 - this means family, partners and property owners will be able to apply to travel to the Island.

The shared isolation and seven day pathway options will be reintroduced for travellers subject to the UK having a sustained period of less than 100 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people.

Borders could then drop to Level 2, on 29 May, with a reduced period of isolation over seven days with testing on arrival and on day six. The UK will need to be at less than 30 coronavirus cases per 100,000 for that to happen. 

By the end of June it's hoped there will be no isolation or testing requirements and the borders will move to Level 1.

Chief Minister Howard Quayle said: "We have always said that we would not be able to keep our borders restricted for ever. 

"This framework details how we hope to move away from many of the restrictions we have seen over the past year. 

"The time has now come for us to move into our Transition Phase and to an approach of mitigation – where we increasingly will need to learn to live in a world where the virus is still present around us and may well return to our Island.

"We are not there yet and the risk the virus presents if it were to break out again in our community is still very real. We must continue to maintain restrictions and mitigations on our borders in the short to medium term. 

"Equally this risk is reducing, with every passing day and we must recognise that for many Island life will not be back to normal until we are able to once again resume unrestricted travel to and from our Island."

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