Here is my weekly Blog, which will normally be published here and on Facebook on Saturday mornings.

MHK Blog 26th April to 2nd May 2021

Blog 2 May 21This week the Isle of Man continues to go through a period of change as the Manx Government eased further restrictions around borders, self-isolation and in respect of the costs for Covid-19 tests this week, which is yet another step towards normal life returning once more.

On Monday afternoon, the Chief Minister, Howard Quayle, MHK confirmed that new self-isolation rules would come into force early on Tuesday morning. These included reducing the period of self-isolation from 14 days to a minimum of 10 days, which will also apply to those […]

MHK Blog 19th to 25th April 2021

Blog 25 Apr 21After almost seven weeks of the latest “Circuit Break” the Isle of Man Government has finally ended the third national lockdown, and hopefully it will be the final lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

With no community transmission cases of Covid-19 for almost three weeks and with only a handful of active cases on the island, the signal was given to end social distancing, ask people to return to work and for non-essential shops to re-open, but the biggest restriction on island life remains around our controlled borders.

Hopefully, that particular […]

MHK Blog 12th to 18th April 2021

Blog 18 Apr 21On Monday next week (19th April) the Isle of Man will finally exit from the latest Covid-19 “Circuit Break”, and I think we all sincerely hope that it will be the final time that this island has to fully lock down due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The latest circuit break started on 3rd March and it lasted far longer than anyone expected, but hopefully as we emerge from this six week dark tunnel our focus can now be on the recovery, especially for businesses, tourism sector and the mental health […]

MHK Blog 5th to 11th April 2021

Blog 11 Apr 21This week the Isle of Man started to slowly emerge from the latest “circuit break” with the outdoor construction sector being given permission to get back to work at the beginning of the week, along with the re-opening of garden centres etc.

At the media briefing on Thursday afternoon the Chief Minister, Howard Quayle, MHK announced that further Covid-19 restrictions are to be lifted next week (Mon 12th April), and these included the restrictions around tradespeople entering occupied properties, along with estate agents and surveyors etc.

All outdoor leisure venues can […]

MHK Blog 29th March to 4th April 2021

Blog 4 Apr 21Although the Isle of Man continues to be in the middle of a national “circuit break” due to Covid-19, the Manx Government is finally starting to release just a few of those restrictions that have been in place since 3rd March 2021.

At the media briefing on Thursday, the Chief Minister Howard Quayle, MHK confirmed that island residents could meet up with other households for outside gatherings from Friday, which will be welcome news for many families, especially during this Easter Bank Holiday.

The maximum number of people who can meet […]

MHK Blog 22nd to 28th March 2021

Blog 28 Mar 21It is hard to imagine that this week we mark a year since the Island’s first lockdown, and as the Manx Independent reported on Thursday – it is a year that none of us will ever forget…..

I think the article also captures the last 365 days incredibly well. This includes more than 44,400 Covid-19 tests undertaken on the island, which resulted more than 1,530 positive cases and sadly the death of 27 island residents as a result of this pandemic so far.

It also closed our borders, closed our schools […]

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