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Island enters circuit-break lockdown

The Island has now entered a circuit-break lockdown to protect Manx shores against Covid-19.

Schools are now closed except for vulnerable children and those of key workers, whilst non-essential stores, pubs, restaurants, nightclubs, gyms and leisure centres must now be shut and the two-metre social distancing rules have been re-introduced.

However, food shops, pharmacies, hardware and garden centres are remaining open.

People are now being advised to work and stay at home as much as possible.

Face masks are mandatory on public transport and in the Island's hospitals whilst care home visits and gatherings with anyone outside of your household have been banned.

Meanwhile, the Islands borders have returned to level 5 and a Coronavirus testing regime has been brought in, which will see anyone travelling into the Island tested on day one, six and 13 at a cost of £50 each.

Should they not wish to pay, they will have to quarantine for a minimum of 21 days.

Weddings and gatherings at places of worship are also now banned, but funerals can take place with a maximum of ten people allowed to attend.

The MERA and Salary Support schemes have also been reintroduced to offer financial assistance for residents and businesses - anyone wishing to apply can call 648 125 or visit www.covid19.gov.im for details about each and eligibility criteria.

Announcing the measures earlier this week, Chief Minister, Howard Quayle MHK, stated the measures will be in place until at least January 27.

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