Thursday, 9 Jul 2020

UK holidays: Isle of Man kickstarts self-catering holidays – but Britons can’t return yet

UK holidays are likely to be more popular this year due to travel bans and restrictions in place across the world which include the UK’s own quarantine rules. Current Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice states that Britons can only travel abroad for “essential” purposes.


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This advice will remain in place “indefinitely”.

The UK’s own quarantine rules will be coming into play on June 8 which will see anyone arriving in the UK be subject to 14 days of quarantine.

This includes Britons returning from abroad but does not include those returning from the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.

Anyone caught breaking the rules will be fined up to £1,000.

The Isle of Man is a self-governing British Crown dependency in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland.

The small island has had relatively few deaths compared to the rest of the UK.

In fact, the island has only had 336 cases and 24 deaths.

While it is looking likely that Britons will have to wait until July 4 to enjoy a staycation in the UK, the Isle of Man has managed to ease its lockdown rules enough to allow self-catering holiday homes to reopen.

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As well as self-catering properties being open, camping facilities also reopened a week ago on the island.

The decision was announced last week by Chief Minister, Howard Quayle MHK.

But before Britons get excited about the prospect of a holiday on the Isle of Man, there are still rules in place.

Travel between the Isle of Man and the UK is still prohibited.

The island is hoping that those who live on the Isle of Man will enjoy a staycation in the near future.

However, once travel restrictions are lifted, Britons may be able to visit the Isle of Man which is part of the Common Travel Area and is, therefore, exempt from the quarantine rules.

The Isle of Man has also said that those living on the island can also resume some outdoor sports.

Tennis, football and cricket but indoor venues such as gyms are remaining closed.

However, the easing of restrictions is only for “leisure and recreation” purposes.

Strict rules still remain in place for fixtures and events with fines of up to £2,500 in place for anyone breaking these rules.

However, those taking part in such sports must remain two metres apart and individuals should not share equipment.

A government spokesman said: “No element of the sport or physical activity is to involve contact.”

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