Manx Care is reminded islanders that there are now only four reasons for requesting a PCR test in the Isle of Man, which are as follows:

  • You require a PCR in order to receive anti-viral treatment (eligible patients only – please see here for eligibility: https://covid19.gov.im/general-information/covid-19-antiviral-treatment/) – these PCR tests are organised by your GP
  • You require a PCR test prior to travelling to the UK for Manx Care funded treatment – these PCR tests are organised by 111
  • You require a test prior to travelling across to the UK for private hospital treatment or for a private patent transfer – these are booked through 111 but there is a £50 charge
  • You require a test as part of international travel requirements – these are booked through 111 but there is a £50 charge

PCR tests are not available for any other reason (i.e. to confirm symptoms of Covid-19). If you need a PCR for treatment in the UK, this will be organised by 111.

Return of the Guild

After a two years absence, the Manx Music Speech & Dance Festival is set to burst into life in a fortnight’s time. The event, also known as The Guild, returns to the Villa Marina from Saturday April 23 to Saturday April 30 with new classes ranging from Abba music and dance to mime and group ballet.

Stand-up comedy and news reading classes which were introduced for the most recent Guild in 2019 will also be back. Just under 200 classes are to be held throughout the week with something for everyone to enjoy in music, speech, drama and dance, including the popular staples of brass bands, duets, songs from the shows, choirs and the coveted Cleveland Medal test.

In addition, the new ‘Anything Goes’ class promises to provide an interesting and fun opening night on April 23 when competitors will perform their own choice of music and/or dance from Swedish pop sensations ABBA. Organisers have also introduced a general admission adult ticket of £5 which provides all-day entry. The Programme detailing the festival schedule will be on sale from outlets island-wide from the start of next week.

The Guild is sponsored by Dandara.

Gas Pressure

Manx Gas bosses will be appearing before a Tynwald Committee next week when Jo Cox, CEO of parent company Islands Energy Group, and Aidan Baglow, MD of Manx Gas. This oral evidence session will cover a range of topics relevant to gas, regulation, energy markets and consumers.

Evidence will be heard by the Economic Policy Review Committee, chaired by Claire Christian, kick off is at 1.30pm on Tuesday.