Community Over Profits

Manx businesses are being praised for taking decisive action and putting public safety over profit.

On New Year’s Eve, the gov announced three new cases of Covid and warned of a potentially low risk of contracting the virus for people who had been in places identified by contact tracing.

A number of businesses including 1886, Blush and Harbour Lights Café and Restaurant – Peel have made the decision to close for a few days to allow for their staff to be tested for Covid after they confirmed they had been in the locations listed.

1886 said on its facebook page that: ‘As a precaution we will be closing tonight and staying closed for a few days. This will allow our staff the opportunity to get tested. We are sorry for the inconvenience that this may cause for anyone that had booked in with us. Ultimately the health of our staff and customers is our main priority.’

Harbour Lights said that after a staff member informed the owner that they had been in one of the businesses named by the gov so they had taken the decision to close. Blush said it had decided to close for a few days for the same reason. Other businesses have also stepped up their Covid measures, asking the public not to visit if they have been to the businesses listed below, whether they have symptoms or not and reminding people to use hand sanitiser and any other precautions where they are available.

The decision by these businesses to temporarily close has been praised by members of the Great Manx Public on social media for putting lives and the community over their profits. However the businesses have also criticised a lack of clarity from the Covid 111 team as to what they are supposed to do, leaving businesses to rely on their best judgement.

Since the cases were identified, the track and trace team has identified several locations which ‘could pose a low risk of contracting Covid-19 for people who visited at specific times’.

The times and locations are:

  • Wednesday 23 December 2020

12:30 pm to 1.10 pm – A Café, Duke Street, Douglas

7.40 pm to 8.40 pm – Terrace Chippy, Prospect Terrace, Douglas

  • Thursday 24 December 2020

7.30 pm to 8.30 pm – Majestic Chinese Restaurant, Central Promenade, Douglas

9:00 pm to 10:00 pm – the casino at the Best Western Palace Hotel & Casino, Central Promenade, Douglas

  • Saturday 26 December 2020

11.00 pm to 2.00 am – 1886, Regent Street, Douglas

  • Monday 28 December 2020

8:15 pm to 9:45 pm – the casino at the Best Western Palace Hotel & Casino, Central Promenade, Douglas

  • Tuesday 29 December 2020

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm – Robinsons, Cooil Road, Braddan

Robinson’s said in a tweet: ‘We have been advised the customer was a very brief visit in our store & made no contact or spoke to anyone. We have sanitiser facility at the entrance & screens in place at the tills.’
The company told Gef that it had been able to confirm the person spent a short period of time in the store and like many of its customers, used hand sanitiser. The staff who served them were also working behind protective screens and wearing gloves.

The gov has stressed that the risk to public safety is regarded as low and people are currently only being asked to call the Covid 111 team if they have developed symptoms.

Symptoms of Covid-19 include:

  • A temperature of more than 37.8C (100F)

  • A new and persistent cough 

  • The loss of or a change in someone’s normal sense of smell, which can also affect sense of taste

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