Welcome news for fitness fans as swimming pools and sports halls given the green light to reopen

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Clare Griffin from West Wight Sports and Community Centre said it had been a long and challenging four months. Their reopening will be phased and controlled

Friday, 10th July, 2020 8:00am

By Sally Perry

Chancellor announces massive VAT cut for tourism sector

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A "suite of measures" have been announced, designed to help the tourism recover from the impact of Covid-19

Wednesday, 8th July, 2020 2:12pm

By Michael Sims with 4 readers' comments

Brodie to probe Isle of Wight council leader on PM’s comments about Coronavirus in care homes (updated)

Trees outside County Hall and Geoff Brodie

Cllr Brodie has submitted a written question to the Leader of the Isle of Wight council about Boris Johnson's remarks on the spread of Coronavirus in care homes

Wednesday, 8th July, 2020 11:04am

By Sally Perry with 10 readers' comments

Isle of Wight politicians defend care home workers from Government’s ‘attempt to shift blame’ for spread of Covid-19 (updated)

Boris Johnson

Spokespeople from Labour, Green and LibDem parties share their views on the Prime Minister's comments about the spread of Covid-19 in care homes. News OnTheWight asked Bob Seely his views too

Tuesday, 7th July, 2020 1:16pm

By Sally Perry with 12 readers' comments

Peaceful protest against alleged Government plans to roll back rights of trans and non-binary people

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Organisers say the protest is against the alleged 'unworkable, unfair and dangerous plan'; which will have a huge impact on the safety, dignity and wellbeing of trans and non-binary people

Monday, 6th July, 2020 8:37am

By Yve White with 16 readers' comments

Government announce £1.57bn rescue package for The Arts (updated)

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Isle of Wight museums, theatres, live music venues, and those who work in those sectors, will be breathing a sigh of relief as a £1.57bn rescue package is announced

Monday, 6th July, 2020 6:57am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

New £5,000 small business grants to adapt businesses following Coronavirus pandemic

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The Government will be handing out grants of up to £5,000 to small businesses in tourist destinations to help them adapt following the Coronavirus crisis

Friday, 3rd July, 2020 10:30am

By Jack Mason with 5 readers' comments

How the Covid-19 shielding guidance from the Government is changing next week

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If you have been shielding or know someone else who has, the guidance from Government is due to change from next week. News OnTheWight have the detail within

Thursday, 2nd July, 2020 12:23pm

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments

What is Pillar 2 Covid-19 testing and why do I need to know about it?

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The Financial Times report that a lack of Pillar 2 testing data is hampering the efforts of local authority leaders to manage new Covid-19 outbreaks. News OnTheWight asked the IW council about it

Wednesday, 1st July, 2020 4:40pm

By Sally Perry with 16 readers' comments

Cost of Contact Tracing App and how many users notified finally revealed

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In response to written questions about the Contact Tracing App, Lord Bethell was able to give development costs and the number of people who'd been notified via it

Wednesday, 1st July, 2020 1:44pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Delay in Government advice for Registrars could mean further disappointment for junior doctor’s wedding (updated)

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After the previous postponement, this Saturday is the last when junior doctor Emily and her three bridesmaids (also doctors) will be off work together for many months

Wednesday, 1st July, 2020 9:56am

By Sally Perry

‘Zoe’s Law’ petition calling for all removed moles to be tested by law gains over 11,600 signatures

Zoe Panayi

The petition started on the Isle of Wight has over 11,600 signatures, calling for all removed moles to be tested for melanoma skin cancer - by law

Tuesday, 30th June, 2020 2:59pm

By The Office of Bob Seely