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.
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