HERE WE GO AGAIN! FACE MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED IN SHOPS AND ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Islanders will once again have to wear face masks in shops and on public transport as Boris Johnson tightens the ‘irreversible’ COVID restrictions in the run up to Christmas.

The final details will be confirmed in the next day or so, but the Prime Minister has outlined that shoppers will be required to wear a mask in shops in the run up to Christmas, as will those using public transport.

However, there is some good news for the hospitality industry as pubs, restaurants and cafes will be exempt from the restriction. This means that Christmas parties and meals can go ahead as normal.

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The ‘temporary and precautionary’ measures are set to be reviewed in 3 weeks’ time.

For those going abroad this December a Day 2 PCR test will once again be required when returning to the country. Furthermore, those returning home must isolate until a negative result is confirmed.

Today’s news comes as 2 cases of the new Omicron variant have been confirmed in the UK – but the Government aren’t quite sure on the impact it has overall and how effective the existing vaccine is against it. But it is all ifs and maybes at this stage.

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Islander
Islander
1 month ago

Good. Beats full lockdown again hopefullyx

isle of wighter
isle of wighter
Reply to  Islander
1 month ago

omnicron is an anagram of moronic – which aptly describes the knee jerk, tin foil hat wearing response to this apparent variant, which the south african doctors have indicated is mild from what they have seen so far, with no hospitialisations.

Trueblue
Trueblue
Reply to  isle of wighter
1 month ago

Moronic indeed! The hysterical brigade are having a field day!!

isle of wighter
isle of wighter
Reply to  Trueblue
1 month ago

they are – all the sheeple are salivating at more face nappy wearing orders from their masters

Pete
Pete
Reply to  isle of wighter
1 month ago

You guys are the sheeple bleating the same tired nonsense that prolongs this situation. Get a vaccine, wear a mask. Two super simple considerate actions that could save someone you know’s life. Maybe even your own.

Nyguyen K
Nyguyen K
Reply to  isle of wighter
1 month ago

Looks who’s a clever boy. Did you have to google what anagram meant?

Telling it like it is.
Telling it like it is.
Reply to  Islander
1 month ago

Will hardly anyone comply though? I mean the usual cry is “We’re exempt, innit”.

ron
ron
1 month ago

Should have never have changed the ruling on masks.

Lee
Lee
Reply to  ron
1 month ago

New Yorkers have been wearing masks since day 1 and they have been living practically a normal life.
Their Christmas was not taken away from them last year.

A Doctor friend of mine on the Island informed me, since the wearing of Masks it’s amazing how many of his patients did not catch colds.

Smith
Smith
Reply to  Lee
1 month ago

A friend of mine who is a doctor told me privately that masks are useless, however, she cannot state this view publicly as she will be reprimanded for speaking against the government propaganda.

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Smith
1 month ago

So why do surgeons wear masks?

Lee
Lee
Reply to  Steve
1 month ago

Masks do help that is why Taiwan have been successful holding back Covid.

Reg Dennis
Reg Dennis
Reply to  Smith
1 month ago

wearing a mask does not protect you, it stops you from transmitting infection which is why staff in operating theatres and dentists wear them at all times, you have every right to refuse to wear one but by the same token you have a responsibility to safeguard others so if you choose not to wear a mask then you should not be allowed to use public transport or enter shops and there should be no exceptions whatsoever

S.Richards
S.Richards
Reply to  Smith
1 month ago

Exactly,it is akin to putting up chicken wire to prevent mosquitoes.More of a comfort thing for the bedwetters like babies with their dummies

Bolly
Bolly
Reply to  Smith
1 month ago

Glad your doctor friend isn’t my physician. A little lesson in basic science for those now reluctant to wear one, as still taught in medical school when learning how to gown up for theatre.

Face coverings (non fabric,close fitting,worn and handled correctly, ie not under the chin or in a dirty pocket) limit the volume and travel distance of expiratory droplets dispersed and expelled when talking, breathing, and coughing. A face covering without vents or perforations will also filter out microbes containing the virus from inhaled and exhaled air, reducing the chances of infection and affecting what we know as viral load .Studies have shown best protection is acquired when everyone wears a mask combined with a minimum 2m social distancing.

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Real Islander
Real Islander
Reply to  Lee
1 month ago

Utter nonsense…you have been gaslighted. No scientific evidence whatsoever.

Tony
Tony
Reply to  Lee
1 month ago

I suggest your friend lives in cuckoo land.
1.15 million cases and 35,000 deaths.

Peter Essex
Peter Essex
Reply to  Lee
1 month ago

New York folk have been wearing masks for decades. Nothing to do with covid.

steve
steve
1 month ago

Common sense at last, its no inconvenience to wear a mask in all public places and shops, should never have been lifted. Shops are getting busier and fewer are wearing masks just asking for trouble

Reg Dennis
Reg Dennis
Reply to  steve
1 month ago

be interesting to see how many tesco staff comply and how many of the public wear a mask properly instead of having their noses hanging out

Sunshine
Sunshine
Reply to  Reg Dennis
1 month ago

Tesco staff are told to comply by management. Even certain members of staff who GENUINELY suffer conditions like Asthma, put on their masks because they know how important a mask is in a shop environment with many people in that space. A few will not, but do GENUINELY have medical reasons. Intriguing why you mention specifically Tesco? The chances of transmitting COVID or any virus, even the common cold, are dramatically reduced IF EVERYONE WEARS A MASK. FACT.

Alan
Alan
Reply to  Sunshine
1 month ago

because you say FACT does not make it so.

Bojosays?
Bojosays?
1 month ago

So masks are required for shops and public transport, but not indoor hospitality? The irreversible is being reversed by this phoney government

jan
jan
1 month ago

Never stopped wearing one

Spud
Spud
1 month ago

Only idiots stopped wearing there masks anyway

Trueblue
Trueblue
Reply to  Spud
1 month ago

….. ‘their’ masks, Mr Sheep person

Smith
Smith
Reply to  Spud
1 month ago

“their masks”

Spud
Spud
Reply to  Smith
1 month ago

Puppeteer

Jobsy
Jobsy
Reply to  Spud
1 month ago

Only idiots wore them in the first place

Peter
Peter
1 month ago

I can accept the new restrictions but lets have reasonably priced PCR tests this time and available on the Island.

Tony
Tony
1 month ago

More hysteria. This will be never ending. The goal posts continually change. Are you booked in for your second booster yet??

Molly
Molly
1 month ago

In supermarkets but not in pubs ? Ridiculous, putting profit before health, hope individuals take their own responsibility and do what’s necessary

Sunshine
Sunshine
Reply to  Molly
1 month ago

A pub is not a place that you HAVE to visit to survive. A pub is NOT a necessity, it’s a social environment. Where as a shop/supermarket is rather more of a necessity don’t you think? But I do agree, seems bizarre pubs and clubs, who are both big spreaders of all VIRUSES not just COVID have been let off!

Rough Justice
Rough Justice
1 month ago

Lots of paranoid people on here today.

Paul
Paul
1 month ago

Don’t forget sheeple, until an act of parliament is passed this is not law and cannot be enforced. Just because Bozo says we must doesn’t make it so…

Dawn
Dawn
Reply to  Paul
1 month ago

It will be law on Tuesday! Thank God!

Sunshine
Sunshine
Reply to  Paul
1 month ago

Which part of MANDATORY don’t you understand? He’s used this wording rather than IT WILL BECOME LAW ON TUESDAY because people like you would kick off and still ridicule it. Softly, softly.

wino bob
wino bob
1 month ago

after working through this pandemic in the care industry and watching people die with covid i hope you anti maskers and anti vaxers can..oh i give up

CharlesW
CharlesW
1 month ago

We should not have stopped wearing masks in shops, the staff working in them are at risk against these anti-vac and anti-mask individuals. Both are effective because of mask wearing alone, this is the first year in 8 years I and my son have not suffered from severe chest infections. As far as anti-vac concerned the only person in our family who ignored the vaccination caught the virus and still suffering after effects.

Tony tollbridge
Tony tollbridge
1 month ago

No masks for me,live free

Charlesw
Charlesw
Reply to  Tony tollbridge
1 month ago

If you do live

Dawn
Dawn
Reply to  Tony tollbridge
1 month ago

And die free too, oh and don’t call the NHS

Spud
Spud
Reply to  Dawn
1 month ago

Well said

Proud Overner
Proud Overner
Reply to  Tony tollbridge
1 month ago

I hope you are refused NHS treatment if you catch Covid then.

Sunshine
Sunshine
Reply to  Tony tollbridge
1 month ago

People who do not get fully vaccinated should be refused any treatment on the NHS if they are unlucky enough to need hospital intervention. Put a stop to all these stupid anti-vaxers spouting rubbish. People with genuine medical complications who cannot have the jabs, excluded from my comment of course.

Jon
Jon
Reply to  Sunshine
1 month ago

Lets stop smokers…. greedy fat people with heart attacks…druggies….it goes on.
What an idiotic sheep comment

Mr James Smith
Mr James Smith
Reply to  Jon
1 month ago

It’s a little different isn’t it though. By over eating etc you’re not putting others in harms way. With a virus you are, if you don’t believe in it/want to protect yourself, why should you receive care?

What a stupid unthoughtful reply. Oh wait, anti vaxxers need joe rogan to tell them what to think

Sir Digby Chicken Caesar
Sir Digby Chicken Caesar
Reply to  Tony tollbridge
1 month ago

Die then, simple.

Proud Overner
Proud Overner
1 month ago

I see the brain dead village idiot islanders are showing their ignorance about covid again. One such islander told that they were safe because they had the Covid 19 app on their phone. They have since died of Covid 19.

S.Richards
S.Richards
1 month ago

Exemption from masks sunflower badges are for sale if you don’t want to breathe back in what is meant to stay out

Trueblue
Trueblue
1 month ago

So many hysterical, paranoid people. Even after 3 jabs! Face-nappies… Not for me

Miss sensible
Miss sensible
1 month ago

More non vaccinated are dying than those that are vaccinated .
So you all carry being selfish….
I personally feel if you don’t have the vaccine ( unless through a genuine medical reason) you shouldn’t be treated no point wasting our NHS time on those who don’t have Covid because it’s not there !!!!!!!

Maketheislandgreatagain
Maketheislandgreatagain
Reply to  Miss sensible
1 month ago

We should also send them to work camps!! Us and them don’t you think?

Jon
Jon
Reply to  Miss sensible
1 month ago

Wrong!! More jabbed than not in hosp .Just cos media says so and you the sheep believe the bs is why this hysteria rolls on

Nyguyen K
Nyguyen K
Reply to  Jon
1 month ago

I predict Jon will die from the hoax of COVID next year

T8Hants
T8Hants
1 month ago

mask wearing should be compulsorily with or without covid, with a £50 on the spot fine for non-compliance, keep you cold, flu and other bug you’ve got to yourself, when in any enclosed space. There was no exemption for gasmasks, so why should there be for little cloth or paper ones?

Trueblue
Trueblue
Reply to  T8Hants
1 month ago

‘Compulsory’ you mean. Think you should be living in a communist regime, not here!

Jobsy
Jobsy
Reply to  T8Hants
1 month ago

You are seriously comparing chemical warfare to a minor flu virus…. The ones wearing them should be fined for utter stupidity. How people still take this seriously is beyond comprehension.

Sir Digby Chicken Caesar
Sir Digby Chicken Caesar
Reply to  Jobsy
1 month ago

It’s not flu you stupid idiot, but then that’s the kind of stupid response we can expect from people like you isn’t it. I wish you could say that face to face to someone who has lost someone because of it. Totally ignorant attitude, hope you get it, and severely too, then you might be crawling for help.

Jon
Jon
Reply to  Sir Digby Chicken Caesar
1 month ago

Jobsbys right im afraid sheep guy.
Many older have died..yes…same amount that ususl flue takes
98.7 survival.oh wow go figure.but thats the truth out there if you have a brain and look
Listen too that and not media or gov.
They have another agenda

Sir Digby Chicken Caesar
Sir Digby Chicken Caesar
Reply to  Jon
1 month ago

Yeah the other agenda is to make it all up all around the world to kill off all the thickos who don’t believe in anything that may affect your egos. I’m ok being a sheep thank you, warm and cosy, unlike the parasites that live off the sheep. Isn’t it time you crawled back into you dank world of conspiracy theories.

Rough Justice
Rough Justice
Reply to  Sir Digby Chicken Caesar
1 month ago

Very well said. – ‘Couldn’t have put it better myself!

The oracle
The oracle
1 month ago

What happened to the very wise comment from Fred.?

Sir Digby Chicken Caesar
Sir Digby Chicken Caesar
1 month ago

Stand by for the mass cries of “Exempt” there should be NO exemptions, what is so stressful about wearing a mask….. wimps the lot of you, just grow up and do it…. WEAR A MASK.

Joe
Joe
Reply to  Sir Digby Chicken Caesar
1 month ago

People with breathing diffucultys like COPD can really struggle to breahe while wearing masks

Rough Justice
Rough Justice
Reply to  Joe
1 month ago

Ahh, diddums.

Nyguyen K
Nyguyen K
1 month ago

Wow, I was right to leave the island. It’s full of paranoid uneducated idiots.

Lady Dunstanding
Lady Dunstanding
1 month ago

I was in Drury Lane, London, this afternoon and happened to notice a large group of people from our wise and expert government all having lunch in The Opera Tavern. No masks, social distancing or worries for that crowd… Still, if you want to follow their orders, and not their example, good for you. That makes you the fine citizen they want you to be.

Deborah lovella Thomas
Deborah lovella Thomas
1 month ago

I work in a supermarket and Im absolutely terrified If you are unable to wear a mask for a shopping trip then perhaps you should get an online shop . We risked our lives when there was no vaccine available and everyone else was safely locked up indoors and most getting paid .Now when we are sick we get SSP a mere £96 per week wot a joke

Smith
Smith
Reply to  Deborah lovella Thomas
1 month ago

“Most Omicron cases are ‘mild’ or show no symptoms at all and existing jabs should provide high protection against hospitalization and death, World Health Organization claims.” Risk your lives? unbelievable

bus passenger
bus passenger
1 month ago

Yes but southern vectis wont enforce it as they have a none confutation policy as there was around 8 people not following the rules

 

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