FLOATING BRIDGE TO BE SUSPENDED AFTER STAFF CATCH COVID-19

The Isle of Wight Council has announced that the Floating Bridge will be out of action for 12 hours tomorrow (Wednesday) as a result of staff catching COVID-19.

Despite there being no legal reasons for staff to take time off work, a number of positive tests over the past few days means that there are not enough team members to operate the East Cowes to Cowes service.

The council says it will continue to maintain the scheduled hours of operation with the exception that the service will be suspended from 08:00 to 20:00 tomorrow.

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The local authority is taking advantage of the unforeseen suspension to undertake preventative maintenance which was originally scheduled for the evenings of 4th, 5th and 6th July and will seek to complete these works in their entirety tomorrow instead.

A launch service will be in operation for foot passengers and cyclists.

The Isle of Wight Council apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Wotawally
Wotawally
1 month ago

Is this the first time that they have used this excuse?

Know it all
Know it all
Reply to  Wotawally
1 month ago

Yeah, they are keeping the abducted by aliens in reserve

Will Storey
Will Storey
1 month ago

“CORONA”.

Good one.

Jen
Jen
1 month ago

oh please.its a cold…its a virus…its here too stay.
quit using covid as excuse.your mostly working outside anyway lol
this bs keeps on …MOVE ON

Trueblue
Trueblue
Reply to  Jen
1 month ago

Well said Jen, just move on!

Val
Val
Reply to  Jen
1 month ago

As someone who has two family members seriously ill with Covid right now I’m sorry to tell you it’s not just a cold. Cases have risen dramatically again thanks to 2 new variants.

Mark West
Mark West
Reply to  Val
1 month ago

You’re leaving things like general fitness, health issues etc out of the equation to support your fearp0rn narrative…

Dr. Jollop
Dr. Jollop
Reply to  Val
1 month ago

yawn……NO BODY CARES….get over it.

jen
jen
Reply to  Val
1 month ago

and flue can cause same issue! cant avoid whats part of life

Clive Heathfield
Clive Heathfield
Reply to  Jen
1 month ago

i thought if you caught covid you have to self isolate for 10days ? not one day

Kidders
Kidders
Reply to  Jen
1 month ago

You shouldn’t be working with a cold either though.

So whatever is causing the cold – your old flu virus or other coronavirus with bigger R0 – it doesn’t matter for the case of taking time off.

Sherlock hemlock
Sherlock hemlock
1 month ago

There are 4 on there at the moment ,,,it must be predictive COVID …..a crap excuse …

Still here
Still here
1 month ago

So the “FLOATING BRIDGE OPERATING NORMALLY” signs can be left on. Saves another job! Good

Nick Black
Nick Black
1 month ago

“The council says it will continue to maintain the scheduled hours of operation with the exception that the service will be suspended from 08:00 to 20:00 tomorrow.“
I am obviously being exceedingly stupid, or, does this statement make no sense whatsoever?!
Service is suspended, but they will continue to maintain the scheduled hours?!
More Council double-speak!!

Miss Sensible
Miss Sensible
1 month ago

Can we realise that although for most people covid can be an inconvenience! There are a lot of people who are very vulnerable and it can be life or death !!!!!
And yes we do have to learn to live with it ….
But please don’t be selfish, respect those that aren’t able to cope with covid …
We are all human and without respect we become ???????

Dr. Jollop
Dr. Jollop
Reply to  Miss Sensible
1 month ago

Yes, I agree. BUT why are they all working on the floating bridge for ?

Hammer
Hammer
Reply to  Miss Sensible
1 month ago

Totally agree. Although we have got to strive to lead normal lives there is still a lot of covid around. Where I work one infected member of staff came in because they can now and 8 people caught it in one day, 2 being very poorly. Hopefully any new strains will be less virulent.

jen
jen
Reply to  Miss Sensible
1 month ago

unfor flue does same thing too people.
what did vunerable do when they got flue ! its another virus WE LIVE WITH.
some may die same as flue…again..part of life

Citizen Smith
Citizen Smith
Reply to  jen
1 month ago

Flue is a chimney
FLU however is totally different.
COVID can be debilitating for some.
I hope you experience all including the chimney all at the same time, you might then be able to distinguish the differences.

Last edited 1 month ago by Citizen Smith
Citizen Smith
Citizen Smith
Reply to  jen
1 month ago

FLUE is a chimney
FLU is something totally different
COVID can be very debilitating.
Hope you have the chance to experience all of the above, hopefully you will be able to distinguish the difference between them

Mark West
Mark West
1 month ago

What’s the difference?

PaulV
PaulV
1 month ago

Pitiful, just pitiful.

Jinny
Jinny
Reply to  PaulV
1 month ago

As someone never been sick leave in 18 years I am on day 4 of this cold. Temp of 38c vomiting for 3 days blllo
Pains everywhere. I have lost 12lb in weight and still seeing stars when walking 10 ft. I work in retail and belive the festival brought something nasty onto island. Heaven help anyone not full jabbed cos you will want to die for 3 days.

jen
jen
Reply to  Jinny
1 month ago

not everyone is like you!

Trueblue
Trueblue
Reply to  Jinny
1 month ago

Good festival though!

Mark West
Mark West
Reply to  Jinny
1 month ago

Liar

Ting tong from Tooting
Ting tong from Tooting
Reply to  Mark West
1 month ago

lmfao…bit ott …..innit.

Chris
Chris
1 month ago

I currently have Covid and I’m still working i must be a mug or perhaps it’s because I don’t get full pay when off sick

Arthur Reeder
Arthur Reeder
1 month ago

Would this be the non-floating variant by any chance?

Gazza
Gazza
1 month ago

They will soon run out of excuses….next

John
John
1 month ago

Be interesting to see if we have some kind of world record here.The most out of service floating bridge or indeed,any kind of bridge in the world over a period of time.Nothing to be proud of but could give out some sort of award.

Sir Joe
Sir Joe
1 month ago

Ya don’t need covid to put this pile of brown matter out of action… Scrap it

Rob Ashton
Rob Ashton
1 month ago

I offered myself for Floating Bridge training several months an nil cost to cover constant staff sickness. For some reason nobody contacted me.

Letting you know
Letting you know
1 month ago

Any excuse not to work, sack them all..
No one will miss them because that monstrosity never runs for long..

Qwerty King
Qwerty King
1 month ago

So happy to see the electric signs at whippingham being put to good use. A great investment. Makes all the difference.

Rupert Marks
Rupert Marks
1 month ago

It is only for one day, so it could be a lot worse, and it is only as a precaution. But I love standing on the Wight Link ferry and watching it go backwards and forwards while waiting to depart to the mainland. And I love riding on it.

Terry
Terry
Reply to  Rupert Marks
1 month ago

Which Wightlink ferry were you on while watching the floating bridge.

Kidders
Kidders
1 month ago

Funnily enough for pedestrians and cyclists boat is much faster than a typical day with a bridge – no waiting for cars <3

Trueblue
Trueblue
1 month ago

Pathetic, just pathetic! How long can they keep using this as an excuse!?

 

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