Isle of Wight news - 24 November 2020

Isle of Wight Council news: 25 November 2020

New post-lockdown tiers announced

Covid-19 tiers to be announced on Thursday

When national restrictions end on 2 December, the government is bringing in a regional tiered approach in England.

The Island will find out on Thursday which alert level it is in.

However, across all tiers, everyone:

  • must wear a face covering in most indoor public settings, unless they have an exemption;
  • should follow the rules on meeting others safely;
  • should attend school or college as normal, unless they are self-isolating. Schools, universities, colleges and early years settings remain open in all tiers;
  • should walk or cycle where possible, plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes when travelling;
  • must follow the gathering limits at their tier except for in specific settings and circumstances.

In the last week the Island has seen its infection rate plateau and we do not want to lose the gains we have made during the lockdown.

You can help to #KeepTheIslandSafe by taking the following simple steps to limit the spread of the virus:

  • Wear a face covering in enclosed environments.
  • Maintain social distancing; and
  • Self-isolate when infection is suspected or confirmed.

Taking personal responsibility and making good choices continues to be the best way to protect yourself and those you love from the virus.

For more information, visit the government website.

Latest coronavirus data for the Island

Coronavirus (COVID-19) data 24 November 2020

These are the latest published Covid-19 stats for the Isle of Wight, from Public Health England (PHE).

You can read the full report here:

These statistics for the Isle of Wight are published by Public Health England (PHE) on 23 November 2020, and are for up to 22 November.

The graphic shows:

  • 928 - The number of confirmed cases to date of Island residents who have received a positive COVID-19 test result since March 2020. This is now based on the residential address of the person tested rather than where they are registered with a GP.
  • 108 - The number of positive cases in the seven-day period.
  • 76.2 - Weekly cases per 100,000. This is the number of Island residents who have received a positive COVID-19 test result in the seven-day period, divided by the total population of the Island.

It is vital we all continue to follow the government guidelines during national restrictions: hands, face, space. 

  • Wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser regularly.
  • Wear a face-covering where appropriate.
  • Keep space from other people; two metres or at least one metre apart.

VIDEO: Exercise outdoors and keep safe

Make time to exercise safely during lockdown

Did you know you can exercise outdoors, or visit outdoor public places, with one person from another household?

The rule on meeting one person outside of your home is in place until 2 December, when we move into a new tiered system.

You can exercise or meet in a public, outdoors space with people you live with, your support bubble (or as part of a childcare bubble), or with one other person.

Until then, don’t forget it’s good for your emotional and physical health to keep in touch with your loved ones.

Try to see family and friends in person if you can and do so in a Covid-safe way following the government guidance.

Why not enjoy your lunch break together having a socially distanced walk while exploring the Island?

Outdoor public places include:

  • parks, beaches, countryside;
  • public gardens;
  • allotments; and
  • playgrounds.

For more information on social contact in lockdown, click on the image above or head to the Keep The Island Safe website.   

Recycling and waste online survey open

Isle of Wight Council waste survey now open

The annual residents' recycling and waste online survey is now open and will run until Friday 8 January 2021.

This is an opportunity for householders to put forward suggestions for future improvements or ideas on how the Island can recycle more and reduce its waste.

Natasha Dix, waste and environment manager, said: “The Island community has always had a great response to recycling and we cannot thank you all enough for the effort each of you make to reduce, reuse and recycle more every year.

"As a council we work hard to provide the best service we can for our community and would urge you to let us know how we are doing so that we can serve you better.

“We’re already exceeding our 2020 recycling target of 55 per cent and are in the top 25 per cent of areas in the UK.

"We’re continuing to tackle issues such as plastic pollution. Thanks to Island residents, recycling has now become part of our daily lives.”

The Isle of Wight Council is responsible for the collection, treatment and disposal of household recyclables and waste on the Island — which is delivered through a contract with Amey.

You can do more by ordering a second green bin, or start using a food caddy, these are free to order online at or by calling (01983) 823777.

Once the closing date for the survey has passed, the information will be reviewed and used to identify possible improvements to the existing services. Unfortunately, no responses received after the closing date can be considered by the council.

Paper versions will be available by request. Please direct requests for hard copies by email to or via the telephone to (01983) 823777.

Completed hard copies should be returned by Friday 8 January 2021 to: Waste Management, County Hall, High Street, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 1UD.

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