Manx Care says it will be keeping its Covid regs in place after April 1 when the gov removes all remaining legal restrictions.
All remaining Covid regs will end at one minute past midnight on April 1.
However, Manx Care says it will:
- Maintain the use of face masks and hand sanitiser, and social distancing across its health and social care settings
- Continue to ask members of the public, if possible, to consider whether or not they could attend a face to face appointment alone rather than bringing a friend or family member with them
- Ask that any visitor to a health or social care setting takes a Lateral Flow Test 45 minutes to one hour prior to their visit
Chief Executive, Teresa Cope said: ‘Manx Care appreciates that Isle of Man Government has a wider view across the community and the impact of Covid-19 on our Island, and we continue to work closely with the Chief Minister and Council of Ministers with regard to the management of Covid-19. However, for the moment we feel it is imperative to ask staff, patients and visitors to continue to wear facemasks and use LFDs. It is also key that members of the public do not enter any of our settings if they are Covid-positive.
‘I would reiterate what Dr Henrietta Ewart, Director of Public Health, stated in the news release issued by Isle of Man Government earlier today which is to continue to think about ‘hands, face, space and fresh air’, and to think about the vulnerable in our community and the need to protect them and refrains from visiting if this is positive.’
Manx Care also said that anyone who is Covid-19 positive should not enter any Manx Care facilities for any reason to protect the vulnerable and to protect staffing levels.
LFDs will continue to be available to order online for the next few months for those entering any health or social care facility or visiting vulnerable people in their own home.