Isle of Wight MP issues guidance to recent Island visitors

The Isle of Wight MP issues six points of guidance for visitors to the Island during the Coronavirus outbreak

Bob Seely arrives

Isle of Wight Conservative MP, Bob Seely has issued a statement on essential travel to the and from the Isle of Wight during the Coronavirus (Covid-19/C19 outbreak.

Bob said: 

“Government is requesting that people stay in their primary residence during this crisis to ensure that that NHS can cope and that the virus is not spread to more isolated parts of the country.

“It states: ‘Essential travel does not include visits to second homes, camp sites, caravan parks or similar, whether for isolation purposes or holidays.’ The advice can be found here: on the Government Website.”

He went on to say

“For those people who have arrived recently on the Island, please be considerate and think of the Island. We need to do our best to limit the chance for the virus to spread and we need to do what we can to make sure our NHS is not overwhelmed. This is not just about keeping ourselves save, but ensuring that we keep others safe. It’s about ‘us’ and not ‘me’.” 

  1. You should be self-isolating for at least a week once you arrive. Follow the guidance and please obey it for the sake of others.
  2. Try to use a ferry where you can stay in your car.
  3. Don’t panic purchase when you are here. There is plenty of food and we need to make sure that at-risk groups as well as NHS staff and other key groups can shop.
  4. Use the Council helpline if you are in doubt or need help or advice.
  5. Take exercise – go for walks – but do so practising social distancing. If you are an at-risk group, you need to fully self-isolate.
  6. Please only offer to help others once you are sure you are not infectious.

“We ALL need to work together in the next few weeks to limit the ability of the virus to spread.”


Government Covid-19 guidance: Stay alert and stay safe
Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently (video tips).

Social distancing
It is recommended that you maintain at least a two metre gap (about 6.5ft) from people who are not from your household.

Seeking advice
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service that can tell if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

Image: © With kind permission of Allan Marsh

Monday, 23rd March, 2020 9:15am

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