Isle of Wight medical chief urges Islanders to remain vigilant against Covid-19

The Director of Public Health for the Isle of Wight said, “We do not want to be looking back in January and wondering what more we could have done”

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As one of the only English areas being in Tier One next week, the Isle of Wight’s director of public health is calling on Islanders to work together to keep everyone safe.

The Isle of Wight will go into the medium alert level, Tier One, with looser restrictions than those in Tier Two and Three.

This means Islanders can eat indoors at a pub, restaurant and cafe as well as mixing with other households, so long as the ‘rule of six’ is stuck to.

Hancock thanked Islanders
Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock thanked the Isle of Wight for remaining vigilant as the Island has had some of the lowest infection rates.

Echoing what Mr Hancock said, the Island’s public health director, Simon Bryant said the case rate was now decreasing both in the general population and among the older people who are more vulnerable.

He said:

“Currently Covid-19 pressure on the NHS is also low, so on balance it is right that the Tier One level applies.

“This has been possible due to the continued good work of the whole community and this has meant when restrictions are removed we will have more freedom than other areas. But it is really important that we do not let our guard down.”

Hands, face, space
Mr Bryant reinforced the hands, face, space messaging — to wash your hands, wear a mask wear possible and socially distance — as the ‘virus thrives on human contact’.

While the pressure on the NHS is low, and precautions are in place to deal with an increase of hospitalisations, Mr Bryant said in a small island community, it is critical to ensure this remains the case as we head into the winter period when levels of infections such as flu and pneumonia tend to increase.

Bryant: Consider expected impact of any relaxation of restrictions
He said:

“It is therefore important to continue to consider the expected impact of any relaxation of restrictions over the Christmas period as we return to the tiered approach.

“We do not want to be looking back in January and wondering what more we could have done. So please let’s continue to work together to keep the Island safe.”

The Tier One restrictions will come into place at the end of the national lockdown and be reviewed in two weeks, on 16th December.

This article is from the BBC’s LDRS (Local Democracy Reporter Service) scheme, which OnTheWight is taking part in. Some alterations and additions may be been made by OnTheWight. Ed

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Friday, 27th November, 2020 4:58pm



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4 Comments on "Isle of Wight medical chief urges Islanders to remain vigilant against Covid-19"

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Well said Simon Bryant.
You now need to get Dave Stewart and Will Myles to stop promoting the Island as the place to visit over Christmas.
Dave Stewart has already been on local media stating that we are open for business even before the Tier system is bought in!


Hovertravel and Wightlink Fastcat are already increasing there services ready to cashin on the rush of tier 2 & 3 people escaping to the island. There are already booze cruise parties coming across from Tier 2 Portsmouth to get legless in Ryde.

Jenny Smart

Without restricted travel this is going to end very badly.


I have suggested that the car ferries be privided with water cannons on their bridge wings and use them to keep off unauthorised visitors in Portsmouth, Southampton and Lymington.