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The Isle of Wight is one of the safest places in the country and is considered a low COVID-19 risk, meaning Islanders have escaped tougher restrictions on day to day life.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson today (Monday) announced a 3-tier lockdown system for the country, rating each area based on the current infection levels – medium, high and very high.

The Island is seeing a very low infection rate per 100,000 population and is therefore one of the safest places to live and work. Other such areas include nearby Gosport, Folkestone and Hythe and Arun.

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The news comes as another 4 cases are confirmed locally, bringing October’s monthly total to 37 to date. The total number of confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic sits at 506 locally.

Council Leader Dave Stewart has tonight said:

“Now we know the tiers for responding to Covid – good to see the IOW at the bottom of the graphs of increasing infection – let’s keep it that way: hands face space – let’s keep the Island safe!”

Current Local COVID Alert Level – Medium

  • All businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law, such as nightclubs
  • Certain businesses selling food or drink on their premises are required to close between 22:00-05:00
  • Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 22:00 as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-thru
  • Schools, universities and places of worship remain open
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees
  • Organised indoor sport and exercise classes can continue to take place, provided the Rule of Six is followed
  • People must not meet in groups larger than 6, indoors or outdoors

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Let’s keep it that way and try to reduce the infection rate too, let’s be an example to others


And tomorrow the world eh!


Lets hope it stays this way. Although plenty of covidiots running around spreading miss information and covid.

Party of ten .

Yep media and the government spreading lots of misinformation .


And don’t forget the BBC.


Yay only takes 6 for a party

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Rudeness always helps with you does it?

kevin monaghan

my, what a fine grip of the English language you have.


So that’s why we have ten coaches parked up in sandown so that 500 bodies invaded the Island not knowing if they have the virus of not, one
might say why is there no testing at the ferry departure points, pieces of silver come to mind.


i toataly agree with you phil.


Since March I have been saying we should have testing at ferry ports. I even emailed Bob Seely about it but I won’t hold my breath for a reply – as expected I haven’t had one.

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Let’s hope it stays this way. Half Term soon…..I wonder how many will travel over for a holiday?


You still going on mate i say bring them over enjoy the sunny isle of wight


I wonder how many will travel to the mainland to visit family, it’s two way thing. An Islander can catch it on a mainland visit, if one of the idiots at that party in Ryde had caught it over the water then they’d be a problem. Let’s hope the Police don’t let them off with just a warning as these are the type of people that are keeping the virus going and the reason why we are all suffering from restrictions.


The reason we are still under restrictions is the government trying to keep the pandemic going. Case numbers mean nothing, a papaya or a lama can test positive, only deaths are important.


You wouldn’t mind going into Intensive Care for weeks, then, as long as you eventually improve – not fully, of course, probably with a long term disability.


Had to go over to the mainland for the first time since the beginning of the year. Whilst Wightlink had sanitisers everywhere, there were still people not wearing masks. I appreciate some may have been exempt but several lorry/ van driver’s certainly weren’t compliying. Why doesn’t Wightlink ‘police’ this more strigently on the ferries, it’s for the safety of their staff as well. But will they. I think not!


Hundreds will travel over, especially those from areas with tougher restrictions.


It’ll be thousands, I think running in tight little circles may help, if not we must hide under our beds until Boris and Bob tells us it’s safe!


They will all come here at half term as they know it’s low risk. That’ll change soon.


More lies control and fear and listen to you all lapping it up please save us borris mugs


I get where you are coming from, being a flat earther, well that’s what some would call me, i call it healthily inquisitive and questioning. But the bit that troubles me is the nagging thought that while Empires ebb and flow, advance and recede, civilisations themselves fail, or fall. And primary among the causes is disease. I said jokingly to my family over 10 years ago and they laughed, the Chinese (i meant the CCP and leaders, not the people) they`ll kill us all! I hope i’m wrong! I wonder if the Inca / Aztec or whoever said the same… Read more »

Steven Willet

It will be the migration of other races that will be the ruination of civilisation, not the Chinese.   Rarely does one see a Chinese person stab, shoot, mug, acid attack, gang r ape, blow anyone up, deliberately run innocents over.   We never see the Chinese whinging, or having constant aid pumped into their land, and then still hate the west or behave like vile low life when here. Rarely do you see arrogant Chinese teens, most are gentle lovely people. Always exceptions of course, BUT they are just that, ‘exceptions’   Whilst the Chinese absorb into communities the… Read more »


Ever heard of the Triads or how both the Chinese government and Chinese nationals persecute the Falungun for their beliefs, or indeed the massacre of hundreds in Tianamen Square. Crime exists in all parts of society including the Chinese.


Hi Bob, I agree with you mate, but on this island the old saying “There’s none so blind as won’t see” really does apply.


Too true


Bob, xB105, Steven Willet, Dismus and Mick all suffering from Dunning–Kruger effect. 


You are supposed to call me stupid after reading my comment I would have thought. Then again, I have been called much worse so I should be thankful. Don’t encourage me though.

Karn Evil 9

Let’s mot mention the “Midland Fox” single decker bus/coach that was here last week, full of people from the midlands, thanks ferry companies………. still we never get the true figures of infection here thanks to the mafia, oops sorry i mean tourist board.


A great shame we will not keep it at this level, People have become complacent they are not wearing masks when they should, social distancing is a joke and people who spout conspiracy rubbish need to look at their the moral responsibility. As an Island we could have done far more to reduce the spread, simple checks on peoples temperature boarding ferries, spot checks by enforcement officer to ensure people are not putting others at risk. The biggest issue I have are people who shop in family groups why do you need to take vectors of infection (children) around areas… Read more »


Grea reportingt echo!.all be on way now
My partner works on hovertravel…hes seen them in droves coming over since lockdwn eased.and heard a woman say she come here too “get away from all” will always be put before islanders.
Most unhelpful.


No need for a thumbs down ? Truth hurts


Perk of the Sausage being a friend of Doris, I mean Boris


Its a pity that the ferry companies are not doing more like checking on Temperature of anyone who now catches them but their reply is :-   ” As a public transport provider it is not currently a requirement that we temperature check everyone onboard on our ships.  There are also issues with regard to safety as a temperature check system would need to be policed which would put both our customers and employees at greater risk if regulations are not adhered to. It was also cause long delays in testing people which would ultimately cause delays to the schedule. “  … Read more »


Just seen a coach from East Yorkshire possibly from High Region and with the virus as an extra passenger.


Only a matter of time before the Island is in the “Red” ‘You cant stop what you cant see’.

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