QUESTION TIME: ASHY AND THE MANX PUBLIC

JAMES DAVIS IS HERE TO COMPERE A PUBLIC CORONAVIRUS Q&A 

ALL CORNERS OF THE ISLAND ARE BEING REPRESENTED VIA ZOOM.

ONE FROM THE FLOOR; IS EVERYONE AT NOBLES BEING TESTED REGULARLY?

ANYONE ADMITTED IS TESTED, YES. AND THEY ARE CONFIRMED IN OUR DAILY FIGURES

FRANK SHINGLE FROM DOUGLAS; HOW DO YOU SEE THE RE OPENING OF THE BORDERS PLAYING OUT?

SLOW PROCESS, THE LAST THING WE’RE LOOKING AT. LIKELY TO BE A PHASED APPROACH, BUT WON’T BE ANYTIME SOON . NEED TO SEE AN IMPROVING SITUATION WITH OUR NEAR NEIGHBOURS

ONE FROM THE FLOOR: WHAT’S THE CRAIC WITH RULE FLOUTERS?

WE NEED PEOPLE TO ACT RESPONSIBLY KEEP YOUR DISTANCE, WASH YOUR HANDS. YOUNG PEOPLE ARE NOT IMMUNE

CHARLES FROM COLBY; ARE THERE NEW MODELS OR AN END DATE?

THE ONLY WAY WE CAN ERADICATE IT IS THROUGH A VACCINE, OTHERWISE THERE WILL ALWAYS BE AN ODD CASE HERE AND THERE

NO POINT IN MODELLING NOW AS WE ARE IN A DIFFERENT SITUATION. 

WHAT MATTERS NOW IS LOOKING AT THE REAL DATA.

QUESTION FROM THE FLOOR; CLARIFICATION ON FOOTY?

ASHY IS A RUGBY MAN. PEOPLE PASSING A BALL BACK AND FORWARD 2 M’S APART IS ALL GOOD. BUT NO TACKLING OR SHOULDER BARGING

UP NORTH TO CAROLINE IN SULBY; HOW LONG IS IT ACCEPTABLE TO ENFORCE SOCIAL DISTANCING FOR KIDS IN SCHOOL?

IT IS INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT AND NOT SUSTAINABLE IN THE LONG TERM. WE CAN LIMIT INTERACTION IN THE CLASSROOM BUT IT’S TOUGH IN THE PLAYGROUND.

NOT A LONG TERM THINGS, WE NEED TO GET THE SCHOOLS BACK TO NORMAL. MORE FROM DR AL ON MONDAY 

WHAT DO YOU THINK THE TAKE UP ON SCHOOLS WILL BE?

ACCEPT THAT THERE WILL BE A NERVOUSNESS, PEOPLE DON’T HAVE TO SEND THEIR KIDS IN IF THEY DON’T WANT TO. 

FAMILY CHILD CARE CAN TAKE PLACE FOR THOSE WHO NEED TO GET BACK TO WORK 

FINGER IN THE AIR ON NUMBERS, LET’S SEE HOW IT GOES

FROM THE FLOOR; CAN GRANDKIDS STAY OVERNIGHT?

RECOMMENDATION IS 15 MINS, 2 M APART. BUT WE CAN’T POLICE WHAT HAPPENS INSIDE THE HOUSE. WE CAN’T DICTATE WHAT HAPPENS 

BACK TO THE CAPITAL – PAUL TELFORD – HOW DO WE KEEP A HANDLE ON IT IN THE LONG TERM AND ENGAGE WITH PUBLIC?

I KNOW I SOUND LIKE THE MERCHANT OF DOOM BUT THE VIRUS IS A HIDDEN ENEMY, WE NEED TO STAY CAUTIOUS. CHANGES HAVE ALLOWED US TO MOVE FORWARD DUE TO SMALL NUMBER OF CASES

WE’LL KEEP YOU POSTED VIA PRESS CONFS.

CAN I CAR SHARE?

NOT YET 

SPEED LIMIT REVIEW?

2 WEEKS 

WHEN IS HEALTH BACK?

WE’LL BE STEPPING FORWARD EVERY TWO WEEKS 

NEED TO BE CAREFUL E.G. CANCER PATIENTS HAVE A HIGH RISK OF CATCHING IT 

ASHY A JUGGLER, TRYING NOT TO DROP HIS MANY SPINNING PLATES 

BACK UP NORTH TO CAROLINE; IF KIDS ARE LOW RISK, WHY NOT GET THEM BACK TO SCHOOL EARLIER?

SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE HAS CHANGED. 

A KID IN FRANCE WAS POSITIVE, HE’D HAD 172 CONTACT POINTS BUT NONE OF THEM DEVELOPED THE VIRUS 

ARE THE TEACHING UNIONS THE OBSTACLE?

WE NEED TO WORK WITH THEM AND REASSURE THEM IT IS A SAFE ENVIRONMENT TO GO BACK TO 

FRANK FROM DOUGLAS; WHERE ARE GOV GETTING GUIDANCE FROM?

WE LOOK AT EVIDENCE AROUND THE WORLD BUT MANX SOLUTIONS FOR MANX ISSUES 

CURVEBALL FROM JAMES; WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY?

ONE THING I WOULD CHANGE IS THE WAY IT WAS COMMUNICATED WITH THE PUBLIC INITIALLY. 

THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE, THAT HAS MADE THE DIFFERENCE. 

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#CATCHY

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