Coach Party’s Covid Cluster

The gov has confirmed that a group of tourists who visited the island have been in isolation over the past week following a Covid outbreak amongst their party.

Visitors who tested positive were confined to their accommodation under self-isolation rules and many have now left the island.

A gov spokeswoman has told Gef that the outbreak, which happened last week, was contained after all members of the party and identified close contacts were tested after one of the group first tested positive.

They said: ‘The accommodation provider quickly took action and followed Public Health guidance to minimise the risk and impact on other visitors. Those who returned positive results were instructed to complete 10 days of isolation at their current accommodation. Those who tested negative either returned home to the UK in line with their original travel arrangements or remained on-island with affected partners until their isolation period was complete.

‘The affected individuals have since been able to leave self-isolation (from 12 noon Tuesday October 5) on completion of the mandatory self-isolation period and were/are making their way back home. One person who went on to develop the virus after initially testing negative remains on the Island in self-isolation at their accommodation.’

They also confirmed that their accommodation adhered to all principles of cleaning and hygiene and that Manx Care had been liaising with the group daily to check on their health or clinical needs. Visit Isle of Man also supported the tourists and worked with their accommodation provider to ensure the processes were followed.

The spokeswoman added: ‘ This situation re-emphasises the importance for all visitors to ensure they have adequate travel insurance in place that covers the possibility of having to extend a visit due to a self-isolation period extending beyond their planned departure date. We also encourage visitors and residents to continue exercising caution and considering the risks – think Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air in every situation as they would at home.

‘Our accommodation sector has plans in place both to encourage strong hygiene practices and to respond to any positive cases, supporting them as best they can. As is the case elsewhere, when a visitor develops the virus away from home, the general position is that they should stay in their accommodation and only arrange to return home when the appropriate isolation period has ended.’

‘This situation re-emphasises the importance for all visitors to ensure they have adequate travel
insurance in place that covers the possibility of having to extend a visit due to a self-isolation
period extending beyond their planned departure date. We also encourage visitors and residents to
continue exercising caution and considering the risks – think Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air in
every situation as they would at home.
‘Our accommodation sector has plans in place both to encourage strong hygiene practices and to
respond to any positive cases, supporting them as best they can. As is the case elsewhere, when a
visitor develops the virus away from home, the general position is that they should stay in their
accommodation and only arrange to return home when the appropriate isolation period has
ended.’

Visitors

Currently non-resident visitors can come to the island if they are fully jabbed or if they have tested positive for Covid in the last 180 days and not visited any red list countries in the 10 days before coming to the island. They must also apply for a vaccine exemption and complete a landing form for when they arrive here.

Close Contacts

All close contacts of the group were encouraged to take LFTs for seven days and remain vigilant for symptoms.

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