Isle of Wight council slams suggestion of ‘booze cruises to the Island’ as ‘completely irresponsible’

The Isle of Wight council leader said he was deeply alarmed to read online reports suggesting people might be planning to visit for drinking sessions

Dave Stewart with IWC logo background on zoom meeting

Recent suggestions ‘booze cruise’ revellers could take advantage of the Island’s Tier 1 freedoms have been branded “irresponsible” by the leader of the Isle of Wight Council.

Ahead of the Island’s first weekend under the lightest Tier 1 controls, Cllr Dave Stewart said he was deeply alarmed to read online reports suggesting people might be planning to visit the Island for drinking sessions.

To help #KeepTheIslandSafe, council officers will be ensuring Covid-secure measures are in place over the weekend, focusing on the Island’s main gateway towns.

Stewart: “Suggestions of ‘booze cruises’ visiting are completely irresponsible”
Cllr Stewart said:

“Suggestions of so-called ‘booze cruises’ visiting the Island are completely irresponsible and, I hope, ill-founded.

“We are working hard with the police and the ferry companies to put out messages that such behaviour is totally irresponsible and we will be supporting local businesses in managing any groups in a Covid-secure way that arrive with this intent.

“Our message is that wherever you live it’s important to play your part by following the rules. All we ask is that anyone coming over from Tier 2 must remember that the Tier 1 rules do not apply to them and they must follow their own tier’s rules.”

This means:

  • if you’re planning to dine out or have a drink when you’re on the Island, you must not socialise with anybody outside of your household or support bubble in any indoor setting;
  • you can see friends and family you do not live with (or do not have a support bubble with) outdoors only in a group of no more than six. People should still maintain social distancing with anyone they do not live with.

Those living in Tier 3 should avoid travel altogether unless the journey is essential.

Restrictions for hospitality sector
Meanwhile, the hospitality sector has a number of restrictions in place to ensure they remain Covid-secure environments. These include:

  • Limiting bookings and tables to groups of no more than six.
  • Ensuring adequate spacing between tables to allow for social distancing.
  • Public to remain seated with table service were alcoholic is served. 

Those travelling to the Island are asked to do so the ‘Wight’ way by following these simple steps: 

  • Plan and book your journey.
  • Wear a face covering on public transport and in enclosed spaces.
  • Maintain a social distance.
  • Wash or sanitise your hands regularly.
  • Isolate and get tested if you have symptoms — a new continuous cough, loss or change of sense of taste or smell, or a high temperature.
  • If you have not already done so, download the NHS App and please use the QR code to check into venues.

Stewart: Continue to practice hands–face–space at all times
Cllr Stewart added:

“We must continue to practice hands–face–space at all times and, I would suggest, always think carefully about what we are doing with the new freedoms we currently enjoy.

“Just because we can do something doesn’t mean we have to and we should always do it having due regard to the risks of transmission of the virus it might bring.”

For more safe travel guidance, visit the Government Website.

For more Coronavirus information, visit Keep the Island Safe.

Thursday, 3rd December, 2020 4:29pm



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6 Comments on "Isle of Wight council slams suggestion of ‘booze cruises to the Island’ as ‘completely irresponsible’"

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Dozy Dave realises there is an issue here, with yobs coming over from Poppy to get smashed in Ryde, and that there is no legal way to prevent them from travelling between tiers 1 and 2, or stopping ferry operators from cashing in on the numerous parties of six by increasing their service timetables.


Poppy or Pompey? :)

Steve Goodman

I’m reminded that Dave didn’t always become deeply alarmed by dangerously irresponsible drinking in Island gateway towns, nor did his con colleagues, and nor did some helpful magistrates who quietly waived the usual penalties for drink-driving four times over the limit shortly before cllr. Bertie and the others were elected by voters who were presumably unaware of the unreported conviction…

Steve Goodman

I’m also reminded that in June (irresponsible/dozy/boozy?) cllr. Quirk alarmed us by slamming the suggestion of the second wave which led to the latest lockdown and tiering (“…something largely invented by journalists…”)

Rhos yr Alarch

Now that Portsmouth is in Tier 3 and pubs are even more restricted, I sincerely hope arrangements for ferry travel will be tightened up!

Mark L Francis
any years ago there used to be an old lady with an unbelievably posh accent – that made the Queen sound like Ena Sharples – who used to travel back & forth on the Red Funnel and get totally smashed in the process from the bar. She used to pick on other passengers. pretty much at random & harangue them with “What the hell are you looking… Read more »