Isle of Man to close all schools due to lockout of circuit breakers after increase in cases


All schools and daycares will be closed from Friday, just days after the lockdown was imposed by Chief Minister Howard Quayle.

However, on Tuesday, Mr Quayle announced a new 21-day lockdown following a “transmission in our community that we cannot see and understand”.

“As we know, the Kent variant of Covid-19 is particularly virulent and we are seeing it spreading rapidly in our community,” Mr Quayle said.

“The virus is spread when people mix together, so we have to do everything we can to minimize this mixing.”

He added that the Isle of Man had experienced “a high level of transmission between our young people” and “we must take every opportunity we have to stop this”.

“Although much of the possibility of transmission has been minimized by the power cut, there are still a number of situations where children move outside the home.

“In the interest of children and of society in general, we must prevent children from mixing together.”

Mr Quayle said closing schools and daycares will create a ‘firewall’ as he encouraged those with children not to mix with other children from different households, and urged residents to stay away. the House.

He added that the decision to close schools and facilities was “not taken lightly” but was the board of public health and other professionals handling the response to the pandemic.

“I appreciate that this will be a challenge for our children and for a number of people who provide essential and indeed essential services to our island, but at the moment we believe this action is in the best interest of our young people. and our community ”.

During the lockdown, all leisure and hospitality venues will be closed, but take-out and delivery services will be permitted.

Lifestyle and non-essential retail businesses have also been forced to close, but may operate click-through and pick-up and delivery services.

Household groups can continue to exercise with their children, but all outdoor play areas will be closed.

The lockdown will be reviewed over the weekend and Mr Quayle will give an update in a 4 p.m. briefing on Friday.

The island currently has 58 cases of coronavirus.


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