Isle of Wight council opens applications Covid-19 discretionary grants for businesses falling through the gaps

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Cllr Stewart says that while there is some local discretion, there may be some exclusions where the council's hands are still tied by the overriding government criteria

Wednesday, 27th May, 2020 5:09pm

By IW Council Press Office with 3 readers' comments

Council urges caution visiting beaches and esplanades – and asks second home owners to stay away

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Dave Stewart says, "It remains the council's priority to protect our Island community in the best way that we can" and urges second home owners to stay away from the Island

Thursday, 21st May, 2020 12:06pm

By Sally Perry with 12 readers' comments

Letter: Can we expect more Government support after the App trial?

House of Parliament and Westminster Bridge

This reader suggests the ferries should be nationalised and the airport expanded to boost tourism accessibility, but questions whether the Government will support the Isle of Wight after the App trial

Tuesday, 19th May, 2020 8:16am

By Thomas Munro with 8 readers' comments

Day trippers to the Isle of Wight asked to ‘stay away’: ‘It’s not yet safe’ says council leader

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In light of the new advice from the Government, the leader of Isle of Wight council says it is not yet safe for for tourists to visit the Island

Tuesday, 12th May, 2020 4:35pm

By IW Council Press Office with 15 readers' comments

Support for Britain’s ‘Festival Island’ is needed says Isle of Wight MP, Bob Seely

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Bob Seely said he would contact other MPs and Ministers to talk about events, hospitality in general and festivals to see what can be done

Tuesday, 12th May, 2020 3:13pm

By The Office of Bob Seely with 7 readers' comments

Essential travel only on Wightlink this weekend, urges ferry company CEO

Wightlink has been working closely with Sainsbury's to get essential supplies to the Island

The CEO of Wightlink asks customers to "help us to protect those living on the Isle of Wight by staying at home”

Thursday, 7th May, 2020 9:22am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

More Isle of Wight accommodation providers offer properties to NHS staff

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Offers to put up key workers who are not willing to put their families at risk have come from 104 local hotels, bed and breakfasts and guest houses, as well as holiday chalets and self-catering accommodation

Friday, 1st May, 2020 3:07pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment

Isle of Wight MP says he intends to fight for B&B owners hit by Coronavirus lockdown

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Isle of Wight MP, Bob Seely, says he intends to do all he can to help Island B&B owners affected by Coronavirus lockdown

Monday, 27th April, 2020 5:02pm

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments

Isle of Wight’s Lorry Middleton voted the UK’s Tourism Superstar

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A huge well done to Lorry Middleton for winning the title of Visit England/The Mirror Tourism Superstar 2020. When the Isle of Wight reopens after the Covid-19 crisis, this will be a great boost for tourism

Saturday, 25th April, 2020 8:41am

By Simon Clark with 2 readers' comments

Whole of Isle of Wight could be tested for Coronavirus – a first in UK – if Dave Stewart’s pilot pitch succeeds (podcast)

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Dave Stewart, IW Council leader, is pitching to the Government for the Isle of Wight to be the first area in the country to test the whole community for Covid-19 - and use a mobile App to show C19 status. OnTheWight has a podcast with him on the details

Tuesday, 21st April, 2020 10:58am

By Sally Perry with 24 readers' comments

Nominate your NHS or key worker hero for a free Isle of Wight holiday

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Isle of Wight businesses are pledging free holidays for NHS and keyworkers - make your nominations in the #treatournhs campaign today

Thursday, 16th April, 2020 10:31am

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments

Some Isle of Wight hotels and B&Bs are being used for good reasons during lockdown – not holidays, OnTheWight has discovered (updated)

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Some people have jumped to the conclusion that those staying at hotels or B&Bs during Coronavirus lock down are holidaymakers - but OnTheWight been investigating and it's not what it first appears

Wednesday, 15th April, 2020 7:44pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments