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Shut down all non-essential travel to Isle of Man

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The Isle of Man is in a unique position, with it being a small island. Currently the government is responding to the Covid-19 pandemic in terms of phases, instead of being more proactive and aggressive with stopping any spread, but most importantly from stopping potentially infected people arriving to our Island. 

The following actions should be implemented immediately: 

- no flights, both commercial or private planes, should not be allowed to land on the Island

- only flights permitted to land should be for postage and essential items (medicines, etc)

- the Steam Packet ferry should continue to operate, but only for bringing essential supplies to the Island (food, medicines, etc). Passengers should not be allowed on the ferry. The only people on the ferry should be the staff essential to its safe operation

- no private boats or other vessels should be allowed to doc at the islands harbours and port

- for people needing to go off island for medical reasons, the government should arrange private planes for this, or use the medical helicopter as used during the TT

The above measures should be put in place for a period of 30 days. This would provide time for the UK and rest of Europe to get the virus under control and flatten the curve, and reduce the risk to the Islands population. 

China implemented such extreme measures swiftly, and has gone from hundreds of cases per day to having no new locally transmitted cases in the last few days. We know what will work so let’s not wait till the situation gets worse.

The Island is unique and should not be following what the UK and others are doing. We are able to stop this virus from spreading on our Island if we put in place strict measures that are best suited to our situation and position, but most importantly if we remain sensible and work together. 

Please share this and lets get the government to act on this ASAP.



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