The global COVID-19 pandemic has already affected the workshop, forcing its postponement from 2021. Vaccination programmes have enabled a gradual return to normality, although various restrictions still apply in various countries, including the Isle of Man and the UK.
The Isle of Man was relatively lightly affected by the pandemic during 2020, and although two significant periods of ‘lock-down’ were introduced, life on the island was relatively normal, despite a closed border policy.
This policy has now been lifted to a large extent, enabling the organisation of the workshop to progress. As such, and assuming the COVID-19 situation continues to improve, it is expected that the workshop will take place as expected.
The current travel situation and conditions for travel to the isle of Man can be found here; https://covid19.gov.im/
Summary of Isle of Man Travel Situation
As of 4am on Monday 4th October 2021 the Isle of Man has aligned itself with England’s rules for international travel.
- This means that for International Travel, the Isle of Man has moved away from the red, amber, green traffic light system to a simple system of the ‘red list’ and the ‘rest of the world’.
- Travel to the Island is still prohibited if someone has travelled to, or through, a country on England’s travel red list in the 10 days before their arrival to the Isle of Man.
- If someone has travelled to the ‘rest of the world’ in the 10 days before their arrival to the Isle of Man and they are fully vaccinated then they are not required to isolate or enter testing under the no isolation, no testing pathway. This applies to both residents and non-residents.
- If someone has travelled to the “rest of the world” in the 10 days before their arrival to the Isle of Man and they are not fully vaccinated then they will be required to enter the 7 day isolation pathway. This applies to both residents and non-residents. Non-residents would still have to meet the entry criteria that is currently in place.
- The changes introduced on the 4th October are only for International Travel .
However, contingency options will need to be considered, and the option of virtual attendance is being considered. This may be considered in case of late-stage cancellation, but may also be offered to delegates who wish to attend remotely.
To gain some idea of support for this idea, we are requesting visitors to the site, and potential delegates, to indicate their views about an online workshop option.
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