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Coronavirus public information

Get all the latest information on Coronavirus here

Isle of Man Public Health is meeting each working day at 14:00 to discuss the latest developments on the Island.

A daily update on confirmed cases and the number of tests carried out on the Island can be found here:

https://www.gov.im/categories/health-and-wellbeing/coronavirus-covid-19/#accordion

If you follow the links above, you can also find out the up-to-date information on a number of areas including screening at ports, cruise ships, public gatherings and events, travel advice, isolating at home and testing/results.

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ISLE OF MAN STATUS UPDATE: 29th March 2020

There are currently 42 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the Isle of Man. Ten further cases were announced on Sunday (29 March). 40 patients have been instructed to self isolate and two are now being treated at the hospital.

The latest safety measures are as follows:

- No arrivals are now permitted to the Island, The only exceptions to that rule will be for emergency medical treatment, and those 'critical to infrastructure'. Freight services will continue as normal.

- An Island-wide speed limit of 40mph is being imposed.

- Non-essential shops are now closed, apart from some key suppliers such supermarkets, pharmacies, pet shops, petrol stations and banks.

- Changes to GP services - first contact must now be via a phone of video consultation, and be triaged. This is to avoid people turning up to surgeries.

- A new helpline 686262 has now been set up for people to call for general queries over Covid-19. This is to alleviate pressure on the 111 coronavirus helpline, dedicated to medical advice.

- All non-essential/emergency construction work has now ceased.

- Additional measures have been brought forward to enforce social distancing rules. Shopping for essential items is permitted, along with a brief period of exercise each day (alone or with members of your household only), medical care, and travelling to and from work where absolutely necessary.

- On-the-spot fines are now taking place, which initially stand at £30, for people disobeying social distancing guidelines.

- All Island schools have now closed to the majority of students. Door remain open for vulnerable children and children of key workers.

- Schools which have remained open for the children of key workers will continue to open their doors during the Easter holidays.

- GCSCs and A Level exams will not take place. 

- Pubs, clubs, bars, cafes and restaurants are closed - however collection and delivery services can continue.

- Those aged 70 and over or pregnant or have underlying health conditions are urged to self isolate. 

- All non-urgent dentistry services have now been stopped; routine appointments have also been cancelled for the next three months.

- The Promenade Medical Centre, due to close, has closed early and respecialised to help out.

- Cancer surgery appointments are being brought forward where possible, and cancer screenings are being stopped as a result of actions in the UK.

- Patients with appointments in the UK are encouraged to contact the hospital directly - not Noble’s.

- All gyms and fitness centres closed.

- The Manx Youth Games and Isle of Man Sport Awards have been cancelled. The Villa Marina, Gaiety Theatre and NSC facilities are closed.

ELDERLY AND VULNERABLE SHOPPING HOURS:

A number of Island stores are operating dedicated hours for those over the age of 70, or are vulnerable in some way. These are as follows:

Shoprite and Robinson’s (stores in Little Switzerland, Douglas; Bridson Street, Port Erin; Bowring Road, Ramsey; Derby Road, Peel; The Village Walk, Onchan; Arbory Street, Castletown): 
8am - 9am Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

Shoprite for NHS, emergency and care workers (all stores as above): 8am - 9am Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Tesco for elderly and vulnerable: 9am - 10am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday

 

all Residential Services directly provided by Adult Social Care will close to non-essential visitors, this will include:

  • Resource Centres for Older People – Southlands (Port St Mary), Reayrt Ny Baie (Douglas) and Cummal Mooar (Ramsey)
  • Dementia Care and Support Services – Thie Meanagh (including Sweetbriar) Douglas, Gansey Unit (Port St Mary), Langness Unit (Port St Mary) and Reayrt Skyal (Ramsey)
  • All Learning Disability Residential Community Homes
  • Day Services for Older People (Douglas, Onchan, Ramsey, Peel and Port St Mary)
  • Dementia Day Care Services (Douglas, Ramsey and Port St Mary)

-    The 2020 Isle of Man TT is cancelled to protect the Island’s critical care services
-    Testing for coronavirus in the community will be stepped up with immediate effect
-    Government will be taking necessary steps to postpone both the 2020 local authority general elections and the Douglas South by-election until         further notice
 

BUSINESS MEASURES

-    A package of measures will has been introduced by the Treasury to support the Island’s workforce and protect the economy:

  • £100 million taken from government reserves to offer a package of support.
  • New welfare benefit of £200 per week for those who’ve lost their job or are unable to work due to the virus - this to come into operation on 6 April.
  • Wage support package available to employers, offering £280 a week for 12 weeks to pay every full time equivalent member of staff. This will be backdated to cover March’s payroll.
  • Businesses will be given the option to defer VAT payments between now and June, interest free.
  • Case by case deferral of tax and national insurance payments will be available for ‘businesses in difficulty’.
  • A special fund will be introduced to help business retain critical assets.
  • Reduce to nil the rate of employer class 1 National Insurance contributions that are paid by certain sectors to alleviate staff costs. Sectors covered include tourist accommodation, catering, entertainment and leisure, travel and tour operators, and logistics to and from the Island.
  • £3,000 Coronavirus Business Support Scheme to give immediate assistance to businesses (with at least two permanent employees) in tourist accommodation, catering, entertainment and leisure, travel and tour operators, and logistics - click here for more information
  • Government will pay businesses that pay employees during self-isolation £20 a day for up to 14 working days in a consecutive period of up to two weeks, for each employee in self-isolation
  • Introduction of new minimum work requirements for employed person’s allowance which were due to have effect from 2 June this year are to be postponed until April next year
  • Lone parents claiming Income Support solely on account of being a lone parent will be able to continue to do so until their youngest child reaches age 12. Until recently, this was due to reduce to age 6 from 2 April 2020. This postponement will apply for 26 weeks
  • Department for Enterprise has created a team to manage communication regarding COVID-19 measures, including a dedicated phone line (+44 1624 686455/ enterprisesupport@gov.im) and new hub at Barclays Eagle Lab to enable local companies to discuss concerns and potential support options for their business

ADVICE FOR JOBSEEKERS

- Anyone claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance will not be required to attend in person at a Social Security office to claim their benefit. Instead, applications can be submitted by post. New claimants should contact the Jobseeker’s Allowance Team to ask for a claim form to be sent to them

- Anyone claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance will be temporarily excused from the requirements to sign-on in person at a social security office, usually once a fortnight. They will continue to be paid their Jobseeker’s Allowance, but they must contact the Jobseeker’s Allowance Team straightaway if their circumstances change, they do any work or they wish to end their claim

- Workers who are not incapacitated for work and are not self-isolating, but are prevented from attending work and unable to earn a wage, will be able to claim Jobseeker’s Allowance.

HOUSING MEASURES

- Department of Infrastructure tenants are asked to contact the Housing Office on +44 1624 685955 if they have an appointment booked with the DoI's housing team or repairs team

- Those unable to pay rent as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, are asked to notify the Housing Office as soon as possible, which says it will work with tenants to avoid formal action where Covid-19 is a factor.

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Everyone is being encouraged to wash your hands properly and regularly:

 

Public Health Isle of Man is taking its lead from Public Health England.

Public Health England is leading the new and emerging threats to health for all four nations of the United Kingdom and the Crown Dependencies, including the Isle of Man.

The Public Health Directorate is working closely with the Department of Health to ensure Public Health England guidance is implemented - this is updated daily and reflects the rapidly evolving situation.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

There is further information and updates available via the Public Health Isle of Man Facebook Page:

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