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Underlying 'fear' in retail for Christmas trade

New Covid regulations to combat Omicron variant in force from today

There's an underlying fear within the Island's retail sector about the effects new Covid-19 measures may have on Christmas trade.

That's according to the head of the Manx Co-op.

Andy Corrie believes there's a feeling new rules, which come into force today, may make people reluctant to shop in person.

However he adds public health remains the number one priority.

From today residents are expected to wear face coverings in indoor public settings and masks are now mandatory on public transport and in healthcare settings.

Those travelling to the Island from the common travel area must take a lateral flow test within 12 hours of arrival.

Anyone travelling from outside the common travel area must take a PCR test within 48 hours and self-isolate until they receive the result.

Co-op staff will wear masks as part of company policy but it will still be a personal choice for customers.

Mr Corrie spoke to Manx Radio about how the Co-op, and other retailers, are approaching the changes:

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