The Manx delegation that attended the British and Irish Council meeting in Northern Ireland last week have observed all regulations and directives required of them, the gov has said.
Chief Minister Howard Quayle and Education, Sport and Culture Minister Dr Alex Allinson were supported by two officers at the BIC summit in Northern Ireland. Which was the same size or smaller than any other delegation that attended.
After seeing some of the concerns raised by Manxies on social media, Gef reached out to the Gov to get some of the main questions answered.
How Did They Get There?
With no flights or sailings to the island of Ireland, the delegation had to fly to London before hopping on another flight up to Belfast followed by a car journey to the summit venue in County Fermanagh.
Was It Covid Secure?
Yes. The delegation all undertook a pre-travel PCR test. A gov spokesman said: ‘There were rigorous COVID protocols in place in the summit “bubble” including pre-testing and other mitigations.’
They added: ‘All members of the delegation completed landing cards, were issued with direction notices and underwent a PCR test on return to the Island as per current regulations. They all self-isolated until receiving their results. All results were negative.
‘All members of the delegation completed landing cards, were issued with direction notices and underwent a PCR test on return to the Island as per current regulations. They all self-isolated until receiving their results. All results were negative.’
Why Did Dr Al Go?
The gov spokesman also confirmed that the main topic for discussion was recovery from COVID with an emphasis on education and training and this is why Dr Al went.
Will They Be in Tynwald?
A question initially raised by an MLC on Twitter who wanted to know if the ministers would be attending Tynwald on Tuesday. This is also pertinent as it is widely known that Tynwald staff have been told to avoid mixing with travellers to the island or residents who have been off island until they have had a sixth day clear negative test or they should work from home.
The gov spokesman said: ‘I understand that the Chief Minister and Minister Allinson are planning to attend Tynwald in person. They have consulted with the President of Tynwald and have agreed how this will happen. It is not for government to comment any further on this. They will of course be acting in line with the Public Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 and the direction notices they were issued on their return to the island.’
How Much Did It Cost?
We’re putting an FoI in for this, stay tuned.