Islanders in the Isle of Man are now out of their circuit breaker after almost a month of lockdown, with shops, pubs and schools reopening.
Social distancing and the wearing of face masks will now be a personal choice, but islanders have been warned not to get complacent and let their “guard down.”
The country entered their second lockdown on 7 January, and border controls will remain in place with travel restrictions on the island.
Cheers 🍺 Seven Kingdoms in Douglas welcomed customers in at one minute past midnight this morning, the moment lockdown restrictions were eased on the Isle of Man. pic.twitter.com/X8NIS7dnw3
— Alex Bell (@alexrbell) February 1, 2021
Chief Minister Howard Quayle MHK said, “After almost a month of lockdown, this is the moment we have all been waiting for.
“The Isle of Man has achieved local elimination of the virus for a second time, meaning the risk of community spread of Covid-19 is extremely low.
“We beat the virus once and we have done so again.”
He added, “Although this is a moment for relief and celebration, we cannot let down our guard.
“We are seeing other jurisdictions that have achieved local elimination battling with outbreaks. We must remain vigilant.”