Will Myles, Managing Director of Visit Isle of Wight, has told visitors that “we will still be here in the months to come” as he moves to reassure local businesses and urge visitors to stay away.

In a statement issued yesterday, Mr Myles said:

“As we enter this period of restricted movement and access to services and facilities, I want to reiterate the message from the Prime Minister.

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“Please – for the sake of your own health, the health of your family and those around you – please stick to the rules currently imposed by the UK Government. Stay at home, protect yourselves and the community and remain positive.

“To our visitors who will be disappointed that they are unable to join us here at this time, I’d like to say that we will still be here in the months to come and ready to welcome you in good health when the time is right.

“I’d like to reassure our tourism businesses on the Island – which together represent a vital economic driver for the Isle of Wight – that we are continuing to work to ensure that you have access to all the information there is to assist you at this difficult time.

“With your help and feedback, we will continue to work closely with the both Local and National Government an d national industry bodies to make sure that they are kept fully aware of the situation on the Island and support is provided where needed.

“Ultimately, this is a global situation, unlike any in living memory. Your help and understanding is needed, follow the UK Governments strict guidelines and together we will work to defeat this and together we will be stronger”.

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1 year ago

I wonder what part he had with allowing people to come here when they should have been at home?

1 year ago

You need to get the organisers of the Isle Of Wight festival to update their stance on this. Despite numerous messages on Facebook and Twitter and numerous emails, which have all gone ignored, they haven’t provided any updates since the 5th March. That was the last time their Coronavirus details were updated. A lot of people are still paying monthly instalments for tickets for this, which, in the current climate, they need for other essentials. It’s very irresponsible of the organisers to stick their head in the sand and pretend nothing is happening and that this festival will still go ahead. The sooner they confirm it is cancelled and start issuing refunds the better!

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