Government says don’t use second homes for isolation purposes (updated)

The Government are citing extra pressures on communities and services already at risk


Last night (Sunday), the UK Government issued another Coronavirus (Covid-10/C19) statement, clarifying that “people should avoid travelling unless it is essential”.

The statement reads,

“Essential travel does not include visits to second homes, camp sites, caravan parks or similar, whether for isolation purposes or holidays.

“People should remain in their primary residence.

“Not taking these steps puts additional pressure on communities and services that are already at risk.”

See the Government Website for more information.

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Article edit
9.25am 23 Mar 2020 – Headline changed from ‘Government officially moves on use of second homes for isolation’ to avoid confusion

Image: elitatt under CC BY 2.0

Monday, 23rd March, 2020 8:12am



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When I first read that headline, I thought it meant that the government was requisitioning second homes for isolating people.


Empty or under-utilised houses were requisitioned by IW councils after WWII. Why not requisition them now, especially to help Islanders in cramped accommodation? This is a war on a virus.


So why are they still escaping to the Island. These people are so selfish and have no thought for others and can escalate the spread of this evil virus, so stay away and do exactly what your being told to do STAY AT HOME not your holiday/second home. How many times do you need to be told.


For once our MP is ahead of the curve, with his lackadaisical attitude to the ferry companies and his mostly mainland life he has been keeping the island isolated for years, now he can claim it was all to protect us from the Chinese (Russia no longer being a threat apparently/embarrassingly )