Tynwald will be called back to work early in the New Year, as it needs to vote on the gov’s new Covid measures.

Recent changes under the Public Health Act 1990 to further amend the Public Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 require ratification by Tynwald within 14 days of their creation.

Members will be asked to debate and vote on the new use of lateral flow tests and their role in committing people to, or releasing them from, isolating.

Under the new regs, outlined by Chief Minister Alf Cannan earlier this week, a person may be released from self-isolation if, after registering a positive test, they subsequently register two negative home tests separated by at least 24 hours.

Questions

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Tynwald sitting without a couple of questions, particularly from the MHK for Arbory, Castletown and Malew Jason Moorhouse.

Mr Moorhouse will ask the Education Minister Julie Edge: ‘What action is being taken to increase mask wearing in schools and on school buses?’

The other question on the order paper comes from Garff MHK Daphne Caine. Mrs Caine will asked the DoI Minister Tim Crookall: ‘How his Department plans to dispose of Peel Harbour silt?’

Given that Mr Crookall is both the DoI Minister and MHK for Glenfaba and Peel, this question will have increased significance for him and his constituents who made their opinions clear before the election around silt in the harbour and sewage in the bay.

As ever we’ll be covering Tynwald or you can listen live online.

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