Isle of Wight news - 26 November 2020

Isle of Wight Council news: 26 November 2020

Island in COVID-19 Tier 1 - what it means

The government has announced that the Isle of Wight will be in Tier 1 (Medium Alert) from 00.01 on Wednesday 2 December.

We can all work together to help keep the Island safe by remembering:

  • hands – wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds;
  • face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet;
  • space – stay two metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or one metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings).

Keep up to date with updates on our website.

Tier 1 — also known as alert level "medium" — is the least restrictive tier under the government's new three tier system.

Tier 1 means the following:

  • You must not socialise in groups larger than six people, indoors or outdoors, other than where a legal exemption applies. This is called the ‘rule of 6’.
  • Everyone who can work from home should do so.
  • Overnight stays are permitted with household, support bubble, or up to 6 people.
  • The Isle of Wight is in Tier 1. If you live in a Tier 1 area and travel to an area in a higher tier you should follow the rules for that area while you are there. Avoid travel to or overnight stays in Tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through a Tier 3 area as part of a longer journey
  • Walk or cycle if possible. Avoid travel into Tier 3 areas (except where necessary, such as work, education, medical attention, youth services or caring responsibilities).
  • For international travel see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list.
  • Businesses and venues can remain open, in a COVID secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs.
  • Shops are open.
  • Personal care venues (hairdressing, barbers, beauty salons etc) are open.
  • Hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to:
    - provide table service only, for premises that serve alcohol;
    - close between 11pm and 5am (hospitality venues in airports, ports, on transport services and in motorway service areas are exempt);
    - stop taking orders after 10pm.
  • Hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
  • Entertainment venues are open with some restrictions.
  • Accommodation is open.
  • Education - early years settings, schools, colleges and universities are open. Registered childcare, other supervised activities for children, and childcare bubbles permitted.
  • Places of worship are open, but you must not attend or socialise in groups of more than six people while there, unless a legal exemption applies.
  • Weddings and funerals: Fifteen guests for weddings, civil partnerships, wedding receptions and wakes. Thirty guests for funerals.
  • Exercise classes and organised adult sport can take place outdoors, but must follow the rule of six indoors. Organised activities for elite athletes, under 18s and disabled people can continue.
  • Indoor leisure (gyms and swimming pools) are open - see our 1Leisure website for details of what's available.
  • Large events, elite sport, live performances and business are open to the public but limited to 50 per cent capacity, or 4,000 outdoors/1,000 indoors (whichever is lower). Social contact limits apply.

Please read more information on the UK government website about the local restriction tiers

Got symptoms? Self-isolate and book a test

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COVID-19 symptoms

If you have any of these symptoms, please self-isolate and book a free test straight away:

  • A high temperature.
  • A new, continuous cough.
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

The Isle of Wight COVID-19 testing centre is at:

  • Newclose Cricket Ground, Blackwater Road, Newport PO30 3BE

The testing centre is open Monday to Saturday 9am to 2.30pm. It is closed on Sunday.

Book a COVID-19 test

  • You can book a test online at
  • You can book a test via the NHS COVID-19 app on your mobile phone
  • You can call 119 to book a test if you can’t get online.

Please do not travel on public transport or travel to the mainland to get a test.
You can book a postal test if you need to.

Get more information about testing for coronavirus on the UK government website.


If you have been told to self isolate you must not return to work or school. This applies even if you receive a negative test result during your isolation period. 

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