‘Some people are simply not heeding government’s orders’ says council leader as he asks Islanders to stay home

Police have been carrying out patrols, speaking with individuals and even stopping vehicles to enquire as to the driver’s reasons for being out

Dave Stewart

As the number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus (Covid-19) on the Island climbed to eight today, the leader of the Isle of Wight Council issued an urgent plea to Islanders to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

Councillor Dave Stewart called on Islanders to heed the government’s orders to stay at home and only go outside for food, health reasons or work where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

Stewart: “The virus doesn’t spread — you spread it”
He said:

“Our fantastic doctors, nurses, social care and care staff are putting their own health and wellbeing on the line to serve our Island community, but they are not the frontline of defence — you are.

“The virus doesn’t spread — you spread it.

“I understand police have been carrying out patrols, speaking with individuals and even stopping vehicles to enquire as to the driver’s reasons for being out.

“It is clear to them that some people are simply not heeding the government’s orders and that concerns me a great deal because they are not only putting their own health in danger, but that of others too.

“You are responsible for your own health; self-distancing will keep you and those you love well. You must take responsibility and stay at home.

“There is currently no medical solution to this highly infectious, indiscriminate disease — you are the solution.

“Safe-distancing and staying at home is the only way to stay safe and I would urge all Islanders to listen to the experts, heed their orders and help turn the Covid-19 tide.”

For the latest information on what you need to do to stay safe, visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus 

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.

News shared by the Isle of Wight council press office. Ed

Wednesday, 25th March, 2020 4:06pm


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34 Comments on "‘Some people are simply not heeding government’s orders’ says council leader as he asks Islanders to stay home"

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It’s people that are spreading the virus, this is a very serious situation that we all face. We all need to fully comply with the advice given. The island population needs to come together in solidarity to stop this disease spreading. A message for Cllr Stewart, we need to stop holiday home owners escaping to the Island and ferry operators used only to ensure essential goods and… Read more »
If the government won’t regulate ferry travel to and from the island, for food, fuel and medical necessities, Bob Seely doesn’t care, and wants to keep the ferries running to service industry, and Councillor Steward in inept, then perhaps it is up to those who work on the ferries. If they believe they have been exposed to the virus, they can self isolate for 14 days without… Read more »
Please see THE ESSENTIAL GUIDANCE ABOVE – it is all there. PERHAPS “ON THE WIGHT” could do a very good public service by displaying a list of the COVID-19 documents so people might take on board what they have to comply with, otherwise they might get a bump on the shoulder by friendly PC 49 George Dixon and receive some advice; at a later date when you… Read more »
Sally Perry

We have been dropping links to those into our daily updates, but will create a post with all the links to have them in one place – thanks for the suggestion.


For those of you who having given a thumbs down you must be the greedy holiday home parasites and ones that empty shelves and think only about you and nobody else. If people don’t stay at home and be more reasonable about what they buy, where they go, and not stay at home you are a disgrace to humanity and should be locked up.


To the thumbs down dimwits you are clearly educated idiots and thoughtless parasites who think they are invincible, you are the ones killing others.


I stand corrected you are clearly uneducated idiots etc; etc; etc


Lowest of the low, totally irresponsible


No words to describe you.


Self, self, self.


Truth hurts doesn’t it thumbs down brigade


Your not worth responding to


Lowest of the low, totally and completely irresponsible


Clearly ruffling a few feathers Tristan, Sebastian, Tarquin , Tilly and Primrose.


Waste of space


Low life’s


What have you got to say now as sadly two people have passed away from the virus. STAY AT HOME, your main home. Don’t stock up for yourselves think of others.


No words to express your selfishness

Non- essential travel is covered by the following Government document published 0n 22 March 2020:- COVID-19 ESSENTIAL TRAVEL GUIOANCE “Guidance and advice to avoid non-essential travel in the UK” Following on from the government’s guidance on social distancing in relation to COVID-19, people should avoid travelling unless it is essential. Who this guidance is for This guidance is for people planning to visit second homes or holiday… Read more »

I heard a very good expression – 6 feet apart or 6 feet under – it makes the need for social distancing I think.


I expect the thumbs down idiots will be out in numbers to play some who don’t even live here as the sun comes out, completely ignoring the fact we have a pandemic on our hands that is sadly killing more people everyday. Shame on you.


Stewart needs to be organising to have police at the mainland ferry terminals asking folks why they are out and about and turning visitors around.

Easter soon, no time to waste.

Primary residence is just that, as ‘ordered’ by Boris Johnson. The virus was far better contained on the Island, until the influx of second homers, who are not accounted for in the NHS funding which is based on the number of permanent Island residents. WHAT CAN WE ACTUALLY DO? – name and shame? What can you suggest? Any advice too, on the ‘tourists’, now in-residence in holiday… Read more »
I’m going to live on a building site as it seem they are exempt from catching it judging by the sites still open with workers clearly chatting and smoking right next to one another. I had to drive along Bluett Avenue in seaview and four guys outside of a Island firm building company virtually holding hands. Let’s not be selfish guys you might get through it all… Read more »

I nominate those construction workers for ‘Darwin awards’ and they may receive them sooner than they think.

but the rest of us, stay away from construction workers….


I saw a pair of officers. wandering along about 1/2 a metre apart

Steve Goodman
For nearly all of my working life I helped to provide people with essential and emergency services; I’m now voluntarily (raising my risk level again by) providing help to an increasing number of vulnerable people isolated since our world was suddenly shifted by another viral pandemic our politicians should have been better prepared for. Now we know what it takes to get them and us to “listen… Read more »
I saw 6 builders sat around a bench outside of a house renovation today, they were having lunch together. I was out for my daily dog walk and exercise, I maintain at least the required 2 metre distance at all times. One of them coughed as I passed. This useless Tory government has put money before lives in allowing building works to continue. I sincerely hope that… Read more »

and what about the stupidity of the builders?

its about time people recognised THEY need to take responsibility for their own actions.



You do realise that this is highly infectious right?

It is the spreading throughout the wider community that requires the government to act in a responsible manner.

Ian Young
The situation is also not helped by groups of individuals who are clearly not local strolling through Cowes High Street four or five abreast as if on their way to Cowes fireworks I should add I was quite taken aback by how many bags of food and drink these people seemed to be able to carry. In the future we may look back on all this and… Read more »

Totally agree


People contact is the killer, so follow Government ruling STAY at HOME that’s the way to prevent more deaths


Thick as mince thumbs down brigade how can you not recognise we are in a national crisis. More and more people are dying.