Isle of Man lifts lockdown rules as pubs, schools and shops reopen with social distancing scrapped

The Isle of Man has today lifted all of its lockdown rules – with pubs, schools and shops reopened and social distancing and face masks scrapped.

The measures on the island, which is self-governing, were lifted in the early hours of this morning after a 25-day circuit breaker lockdown came to an end.

It comes after the Isle of Man Government recorded just 15 active cases yesterday.

But while pubs have thrown open their doors, the island’s borders – which have been shut since March – remain closed to all but residents and key workers.

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 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 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 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. Pictured: A pub-goer on the Isle of Man enjoys a pint after the end of lockdown.

The measures on the island, which is self-governing, were scrapped today after a 25-day circuit breaker lockdown came to an end. Pictured: A pub-goer on the Isle of Man enjoys a pint after the end of lockdown.

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: A pub boss pulls a pint on the first day of the end of lockdown

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: A pub boss pulls a pint on the first day of the end of lockdown

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 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.

Chief Minister, Howard Quayle MHK, today said 'this is the moment we have all been waiting for'

Chief Minister, Howard Quayle MHK, today said 'this is the moment we have all been waiting for'

Chief Minister, Howard Quayle MHK, today said ‘this is the moment we have all been waiting for’

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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 rollout 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. 

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  1. yvonne should be with someone nearer her own age like mick jagger she will have him back she is nothing on her own so carry on lovin ronan boys will be boys

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