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Description of the measures taken to achieve “social distancing” (curfew, lockdown, mandatory shop closures, duration etc.) and how these measures are accepted by the public

The Isle of Man, although part of the offshore British Isles, is a separate legal jurisdiction governed primarily by Manx law and with its own Court system and legislature.

The measures below are currently in place (these are reviewed and, where necessary, updated daily).

The police are taking a very robust approach and, to date, there have been arrests for failing to self-isolate and also to provide false information upon arriving in the Island (regarding name and intended residence).


Borders (all ports)

Closed to everyone from Friday 6 am on 27 March 2020 (except key workers, subject to prior approval)

Freight and supplies

Continuing as normal

Gatherings & Social Events

No public gatherings in public spaces with more than two people (unless from same household)


Visiting highly restricted

Public Transport

Currently operating, please avoid non-essential travel where possible

Road restrictions

All-island speed limit of 40mph in place. Continue to observe 30mph and 20mph as currently required.


Schools are closed to most pupils, but some schools remain open for children of key workers and vulnerable or SEN children. Free school meals continue to be provided.

Self-isolation requirements

All new arrivals must self-isolate for 14 days.
Anyone showing symptoms of coronavirus must self-isolate for 14 days.
Anyone living with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus must self-isolate for 14 days.

Shops (non-essential suppliers)

All to close by Thursday 26 March 2020. Please see the full list of closures and exemptions for more information.

Construction and Trades

Only essential or emergency work and work on critical national infrastructure or in the national interest only.

Social distancing

Compulsory for all residents:

  • Only leave your house for food, health reasons, work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home), brief period of exercise each day
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Stay at Home Requirement

For all residents except:

· Collection of medication and any other medical need · Once a day exercise: this can be with otherhousehold members only

· Postal services

· Providing support for Vulnerable adults

· Purchase of food, pet supplies

· Moving under 18s between the homes of separated parents

· Travelling to and from work but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home

Symptoms and testing

Use online assessment tool or call 111