Gef’s Daily Roundup

I Do Like Mondays

Good news! Brewers H&B has confirmed that all of its pubs that were open before the circuit breaker lockdown will reopen on Monday. A spokesman said: ‘We’re delighted to announce the reopening of our pubs from Monday 1st Feb. All our pubs will be opening as they normally would do throughout the week and, as always, you can be sure that our pubs are all set for safe socialising.

NSC opens Monday too!

People will be able to use indoor and outdoor facilities at the National Sports Centre from Monday 1 February, but the swimming pools won’t be reopening until Tuesday. Customers will be able to use the facilities as normal and enjoy exercise classes – with a full list, including half-term schemes, available online.  The end of social distancing will allow poolside staff to refresh their safety training that day and the NSC, Southern and Northern swimming pools to reopen on Tuesday. But the Western pool will be fully reopening on Monday.

The planned end of restrictions will mean school swimming lessons and Activ8 classes can restart this week and training sessions for the Manx Youth Games will begin on Monday 8 February.

Scoot Scoot

As more and more people seek low emission ways of traveling, electric bicycles and scooters are becoming more popular. Higher powered versions, which are increasingly available in Europe, will soon be widely accessible. The gov has today launched a consultation seeking views on a draft policy proposal to support the use of this emerging technology.

Minister Tim Baker said: ‘With the emergence of higher powered versions of e-bikes and e-scooters it makes perfect sense to take the opportunity to bring forward a clear policy to support and encourage the uptake of this low emission way of travelling. Applying the same rules to different classes of bicycle or scooter is no longer practical when you take into consideration the increased speeds of these newer machines.’

The consultation document is available to be downloaded electronically via the consultation hub consult.gov.im and written submissions are welcome by email: doiconsultation@gov.im

Food Hygiene

Meanwhile the gov is also extending its consultation on proposals that would see restaurants required to publicly display their hygiene rating. The regulations would bring the island in line with the UK and mean the likes of pubs, restaurants, cafes, and supermarkets would be legally required to display their rating for the public to see in the premises and online. The rating system would range from zero, where urgent improvement is needed, to five, where hygiene standards are classed as very good.
Minister Geoffrey Boot said: ‘The proposed regulations would allow island residents to make more informed choices about where to eat out and shop for their food.’

The Food Hygiene Ratings Regulations 2021 consultation can be found here.

Vaccines

Potentially great news today as two more vaccines look to have proved effective against Covid during trials. A vaccine developed by Janssen (which is owned by Johnson and Johnson) is so far proving to be 66% effective against the virus. That figure may not be the highest, but nobody needed hospital treatment or died from coronavirus after the vaccine took effect in the international trial. Earlier today the result of UK testing of the Novavax jabs were also released and showed it was up to 89.3%. The UK has secured 60 million doses of the jab, which will be made in Stockton-on-Tees in north-east England and the island would be entitled to a share of that supply.