The Isle of Man has today lifted all of its lockdown laws – with pubs, schools and shops reopened and social distancing and face mask rules scrapped.
The measures on the island – which is a self-governing dependency – were lifted in the early hours of this morning after a 25-day circuit breaker lockdown came to an end.
It comes after health chiefs recorded just 15 active and isolated cases yesterday on the island – located in the middle of the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland.
But while the island’s 50 pubs have been given the green light to throw open their doors, its borders – which have been shut since March – remain closed to all but residents and key workers.
The tight border controls and strict isolation measures helped keep the island Covid free for seven months, until an outbreak after the new year led to a ‘short, sharp’ lockdown.
As lockdown measures are lifted on the Isle of Man:
- Boris has today ordered Tory MPs to abstain in a Labour vote demanding an even tougher border crackdown to stop mutant Covid strains;
- Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has predicted that ‘European beach holidays will be back this summer if success of Britain’s vaccine rollout continues’;
- The UK has ordered 40million more doses of Valneva’s Covid vaccine taking total order to 100million after the French firm started manufacturing in Scotland last week;
- A top health boss warned the NHS will take months to return to normal after Covid pandemic because ‘exhausted and traumatised’ staff need a break;
- Army, NHS workers and Boris have lead thousands wishing Capt Sir Tom Moore, 100, a swift recovery as he battles Covid in hospital – after his family revealed he could not be vaccinated because he already had pneumonia
The Isle of Man has today lifted all of its lockdown rules – including reopening pubs, schools and shops and scrapping social distancing and face masks. Pictured: The Seven Kingdoms in Douglas welcomed customers in at one minute past midnight this morning
The measures on the island, which is self-governing, were scrapped today after a 25-day circuit breaker lockdown came to an end. But while pubs have today thrown open their doors, the island’s borders – which have been shut since March – remain closed to all but residents and key workers. Pictured left: A pub-goer on the Isle of Man enjoys a pint after the end of lockdown. Pictured right: A pub boss pulls a pint on the first day of the end of lockdown
The island is home to around 85,000 residents and has approximately 50 pubs – which are now allowed to open
Chief Minister, Howard Quayle MHK, today said: ‘After almost a month of lockdown, this is the moment we have all been waiting for.
‘The Isle of Man has achieved local elimination of the virus for a second time, meaning the risk of community spread of COVID-19 is extremely low.
‘We beat the virus once and we have done so again.’
Mr Quayle praised residents on the island for the ‘collective determination’ and ‘community spirit’ which he said had helped them eliminate Covid from the island.
Why does the Isle of Man have its own Covid rules?
The simple answer is – the Isle of Man is not actually part of the UK.
The island, like Guernsey and Jersey, is a British Crown dependency.
It has its own parliament, its own government and its own rules.
The UK, on behalf of the Crown, is ultimately responsible for its international relations, while also providing its defence.
However he urged residents not to get complacent, adding: ‘Although this is a moment for relief and celebration, we cannot let down our guard.
‘We are seeing other jurisdictions that have achieved local elimination battling with outbreaks. We must remain vigilant.’
Under the new rules, gyms and restaurants will 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.
However strict border controls will remain in place. The Isle of Man is currently operating at its ‘Border Level 4’ – the third highest tier of restrictions.
This means Isle of Man residents and key workers are able to freely travel – air or sea with no limits on numbers.
Travel is banned for non-residents – though compassionate and contractual applications are considered.
But there is a mandatory 21 day self-isolation on return or testing for release on day 14, with those isolating having to isolate alone.
Meanwhile a vaccine roll-out on the island has begun. Health Minister David Ashford said everyone on the island will be offered a coronavirus jab by the end of September.
Those aged 50 and over would receive the jabs by the end of May.
With its strict border controls, the Isle of Man remained Covid free for almost seven months last year.
It closed its borders in March, before allowing residents and essential workers back into the country from July.
Mr Quayle praised residents on the island for the ‘collective determination’ and ‘community spirit’ which he said had helped them eliminate Covid from the island. Pictured: Residents on the Isle of Man return to the pub after lockdown is ended
The majority of public services will return to normal operation in the coming days. However strict border controls will remain in place. Pictured: A resident on the Isle of Man returns to the pub for the first time since lockdown measures were introduced
What is the Covid situation on the Isle of Man?
Only 434 cases of Covid have been diagnosed in the Isle of Man since the pandemic began, official figures show.
It means the island, which has a population of around 85,000, has only recorded 510 cases for every 100,000 people.
By contrast, the rate in the UK — home to approximately 66million people — stands 11 times higher at around 5,714.
But that figure will be even higher because it only takes into account people who got symptoms and asked for a test. Almost a third of infected patients will never develop any signs of being ill.
Of those cases on the Isle of Man, 25 have died. It means the island has a death rate of 295.5 per million people — roughly five times lower than the UK.
The Isle of Man’s borders have been shut since March and remain closed to all but residents and key workers. It recorded no infections between May and the start of September.
Officials on the island ordered a 25-day circuit-breaker lockdown shortly after the New Year, in response to a handful of new cases. As a result, it has only diagnosed two new cases in the past fortnight.
The island’s circuit breaker lockdown was imposed after the new year, when an individual tested positive after completing their two weeks in isolation.
The isolation policy of the island, which is a self-governing British Crown dependency, was also adapted.
The period of isolation was increased from two weeks to three weeks in mandatory quarantine or two weeks with three swab tests on day one, seven and 13.
So far, the Isle of Man, which is home to around 85,000 people, has recorded 434 Covid cases since the pandemic began.
Of those, 25 have died. It means the island has a death rate of 295.5 per million people.
This is five times lower than the UK, which has 1,500 deaths per million people.
It comes as Coronavirus cases and deaths yesterday fell again in the UK on last week as the latest official figures suggest that the national lockdown is helping to suppress the virus.
Data from the Department of Health show that the UK recorded 21,088 daily Covid-19 cases today, down by 29.7 per cent from 30,004 cases last Sunday.
The same figures also show that daily Covid-related fatalities fell by 3.7 per cent from 610 deaths last week to 587 deaths today.
There are currently nearly 35,000 people in hospitals in the UK and 3,832 patients on ventilators, according to the latest official figures.
The second wave has seen bigger numbers of coronavirus patients in hospitals, with 21,684 patients during the peak of the first wave of the pandemic last April.
It comes as Public Health England said the impact of Covid vaccinations in the over-80s should be seen ‘over the next two weeks’.
Dr Susan Hopkins, the Covid-19 strategic response director at the body, said rates a declining ‘in all age groups’ currently but it’s ‘a bit early to say’ if the trend is due to the vaccine or more stringent lockdown measures.
Grim new graphs lay bare the dilemma facing Boris Johnson as officials try to work out how to reopen the country without causing a third wave of coronavirus infections, as SAGE recommends keeping social distancing measures in place until 2022
Another 598,389 Covid jabs are given out in UK – the highest total of the rollout so far – taking overall number of vaccinations to 8,251,146
Nearly 600,000 coronavirus vaccines have been given out in the past 24 hours in Britain, smashing the previous record of 491,970 jabs in a single day.
The total number of people in the UK who have now received at least one dose of the jab, seen as the antidote for our way out of the pandemic, is 8,977,329.
In England alone, nearly 550,000 vaccines were given, while a further 25,299 jabs were administered in Wales and 23,055 in Scotland. Figures for Northern Ireland have not been published.
According to NHS England data, 7,792,996 were the first dose of the vaccine, a rise of 539,691 on the previous day’s figures, while 458,150 were the second dose, an increase of 10,252, between December 8 and yesterday.
This marks the highest number of jabs given to Britons so far as the government looks to bring the cycle of coronavirus lockdowns to an end by proceeding with its breakneck rollout of the vaccines.
Speaking to BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show, Dr Hopkins said: ‘What we would like to see is a divergence in the case rate in the over-70s and over-80s who have been vaccinated from the younger age groups, to show that they are declining faster.
‘We have now hit 80 per cent of the over-80s being vaccinated and really fast numbers climbing in the under 80-year-old age group as well.
‘We expect over the next two weeks to start seeing that impact of that vaccine in that age group, and also an impact on hospitalisation.’
Also today, intensive care doctors said the coronavirus crisis in hospitals has ‘stabilised’ and staff are no longer have to plan for extra capacity – but warned that 2021 is going to be ‘another very hard year’ for the nation.
The announcement follows reports that SAGE has advised the government to keep social distancing measures in place until the end of the year amid fears that reopening the country too quickly will prompt a third wave of infections.
New modelling passed on to No10 suggests that restrictions including the Rule of Six may have to remain in place until 2022, while coronavirus vaccines would need to be 85 per cent effective to prevent a surge in deaths if curbs were totally eased.
A downbeat paper commissioned by SAGE subgroup SPI-M and produced by the University of Warwick showed that the UK could experience a large spike in deaths if inoculation fails to significantly cut transmission of Covid-19 while draconian shutdown measures are relaxed.
It warns that a ‘high uptake’ of vaccinations is also vital to getting the country back to normal without risking a dreaded third wave of the disease, which has now claimed more than 100,000 lives according to official figures.
The paper also claims that even with Britain’s breakneck jab roll-out well underway, the decline in deaths would be crushingly slow – and that even in a best-case scenario lockdown would have to be kept in place until June to prevent another significant spike in deaths.
Volunteers are trained by St John Ambulance instructors to administer Covid-19 vaccines at Manchester United Football Club yesterday
Lecturer Dr Jacquie White demonstrates drawing a solution into a syringe as she trains volunteer vaccinators to be deployed to assist in the national Covid-19 vaccination programme, in the Allam Medical Building at the University of Hull yesterday
‘Only vaccines that offer high infection-blocking efficacy with high uptake in the general population allow relaxation of non-pharmaceutical interventions without a huge surge in deaths,’ the paper recommends.
Lead researcher Dr Sam Moore said that even if vaccines do have a significant impact on reducing infections, the impact will not be seen ‘for some time to come’. He added: ‘So I think they have to relax slowly and we’re going to have to be patient. ‘And we need a very high uptake in order to have this effect.’
The modelling, which helps to explain why Boris Johnson is so reticent to end the third national coronavirus lockdown, comes amid renewed pressure from Tory backbenchers for a ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown.
So far the government’s route out of the cycle of shutdowns initiated last March would see schools closed until at least March 8, with hospitality businesses including pubs and restaurants to reopen as far away as April.
But with Rishi Sunak mulling increases to capital gains tax to pay for the massive £400billion blackhole in public spending accrued during the pandemic and warnings that the economy could take a decade to recover, Tory MPs are likely to be rattled by the new graphs.
‘I did it for love’: ‘Jetski Romeo’ who was jailed for breaking Covid rules after dashing across the Irish Sea to see his girlfriend says he felt like a ‘c***py James Bond’
By Jemma Carr for MailOnline
A lovesick Romeo roofer who was jailed for breaking Covid restrictions after crossing the Irish Sea on a jetski to see his girlfriend told how he felt like a ‘c***py James Bond‘ after his reckless journey nearly ended in disaster.
Dale McLaughlan, 28, made the 25-mile journey from Scotland to the Isle of Man to visit his girlfriend Jessica Radcliffe, 30, last month.
The journey was the first time McLaughlan had ever set foot on a jetski – and he thought it would only take 45 minutes.
But the journey ended up being four hours long after McLaughlan – who had a negative Covid test result before leaving – lost his £100 marine GPS device in a huge wave.
McLaughlan was arrested and sentenced to four weeks in jail for breaking anti-Covid rules – but was released and sent back to Scotland before Christmas.
Dale McLaughlan, 28, (pictured) who was jailed for breaking Covid restrictions after crossing the Irish Sea on a jetski to see his girlfriend, told how he felt like a ‘c***py James Bond’ after his reckless journey nearly ended in disaster
McLaughlan made the 25-mile journey from Scotland to the Isle of Man to visit his girlfriend Jessica Radcliffe, 30, (pictured together) last month
The journey was the first time McLaughlan (pictured during the journey) had ever set foot on a jetski – and he thought it would only take 45 minutes
He told The Sunday Mirror: ‘As soon as I hit open water I thought “Oh my God”. It was like getting a kick in the teeth.’
He kept the rising sun in the east over his left shoulder to make sure he stayed on track – but was battered by 6ft waves, near-freezing rain and fog.
McLaughlan said he thought of mother-of-two Ms Radcliffe (pictured) – who he met on a night out in September – to keep him going
He said he thought of mother-of-two Ms Radcliffe – who he met on a night out in September – to keep him going.
McLaughlan – who himself has two children from a previous relationship – also listened to love ballads to pull him through, ironically including Love Is All Around by Wet Wet Wet.
He arrived in a town 15 miles away from Ms Radcliffe and made the journey to her house on foot.
McLaughlan first met Ms Radcliffe on a night out in September after he was granted permission to legally spend four weeks working on the island, which has enforced strict border rules during the pandemic.
After returning to the mainland, he tried more than once to return to the Isle of Man to see his new girlfriend, but was denied permission by the authorities.
Under the island’s emergency coronavirus laws, anyone breaching the rules faces a maximum of three months behind bars or a fine of up to £10,000.
McLaughlan then carried out his plan to buy a jet ski and set off across the Irish Sea on December 11, despite the dangers and his lack of experience.
He went out with Ms Radcliffe to two bars in Douglas on the Friday night until 1.30am on the Sunday.
This map shows the 25-mile trip McLaughlan made from Scotland to the Isle of Man last month
Dale McLaughlan, pictured, was jailed for four weeks after admitting arriving unlawfully on the island to see his sweetheart Ms Radcliffe
McLoughlan had driven 75 miles through the night on single track forest roads from his home in Irvine, North Ayrshire, to reach Whithorn (above), Scotland’s closest point to the Isle of Man
When a coastguard saw McLaughlan launch his jet ski from the slipway (above) he jokingly said, ‘Are you going to the Isle of Man?’
When he was questioned by police in the street, he gave his address as her home and claimed he lived permanently on the island.
He was arrested at Ms Radcliffe’s house on December 13. Ms Radcliffe has not been accused of any criminal offence, but had to quarantine herself for two weeks at home.
McLaughlan was handed a four-week jail sentence at Douglas Courthouse for breaching anti-Covid rules – but was released in time for Christmas and sent back to Scotland.
- Social distancing and mask rules will have to last until at least AUTUMN, ministers believe after SAGE doomsters pushed back on easing lockdown
- The Big Read: Life after circuit breaker - retail, entertainment and leisure won’t be the same again
- Transition to a 'new normal' after circuit breaker: How will measures be lifted beyond Phase 1?
- From dawn to dusk, Singapore as it exits its COVID-19 circuit breaker: In pictures
- Singapore’s circuit breaker and beyond: Timeline of the COVID-19 reality
- Singapore to exit circuit breaker on Jun 1, visiting of parents, places of worship allowed with restrictions
- When will lockdown end? Key dates schools, shops and pubs could reopen in England
- Panic buying, circuit breaker and reopening: A timeline of S'pore's Covid-19 fight
- Boris Johnson roadmap LATEST – Lockdown update at 3pm today with new covid rules on schools, rule of six, shops and pubs
- No hugs until 2022? Claims social distancing could stay until the END of the year even when lockdown eases as No10 says schools WILL start returning on March 8 after furious Tories demand timetable is 'signed in blood'
- Scientists urge No10 to increase social distancing to THREE METRES as Matt Hancock blasts people for flouting lockdown after Britain endures deadliest week so far with average of 931 deaths a DAY
- Key lockdown dates pubs, shops, salons and gyms may reopen in Boris Johnson roadmap
- When will pubs and bars reopen?
- Panic buying sweeps Victoria before brutal five-day lockdown starts TONIGHT with shops and schools closed and the Australian Open in chaos as state battles 'fastest moving, most infectious strain' of Covid-19 ever - here's everything you must know
- Supermarket lockdown rules for Tesco, Asda, Aldi, Morrisons, Lidl, Sainsbury’s and M&S
- Make-believe outings and virtual pet therapy: Hospices get creative to bring patients joy during circuit breaker
- UK Lockdown: Rule of Six to return and shops could open in weeks under plans to unlock nation by spring
- Circuit breaker to be lifted: What you can and cannot do from June 2
- From 'circuit breaker' to tear gas: A look at what countries are doing to curtail coronavirus
- Boris insists schools WILL reopen on March 8 as Tory MPs demand lockdown exit date is 'signed in blood' amid suggestions it will slip
Wish you were here? Isle of Man lifts ALL lockdown rules as pubs, schools and shops reopen with social distancing and face masks scrapped after 25-day circuit breaker - but borders remain shut have 3467 words, post on www.dailymail.co.uk at February 1, 2021. This is cached page on Talk Vietnam. If you want remove this page, please contact us.