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18 May 2021

Our actions make a big difference

Our actions

Please remember the golden rules to keep the Island safe:

  • If you’re going out, keep a safe distance from people who aren’t friends and family.
  • Wear a face covering when required or where social distancing is difficult.
  • Meet outside where possible. Stick to six people or two households when meeting indoors and let fresh air in.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently.
  • If you're going out to eat or drink, every person in your group must leave their details. Using the NHS COVID-19 app is the easiest way to do this.
  • When you are invited to by the NHS book your COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Protect yourself and others, break the chains of transmission. Get regular COVID-19 rapid response tests.
  • If you get symptoms, self-isolate immediately and book a test.
  • When required, self-isolate.

Next step of the roadmap


Step 3 of the roadmap has started.

What's allowed under step 3:

  • Maximum 30 people outdoors.
  • Rule of 6 or two households indoors.
  • Indoor hospitality.
  • Indoor entertainment and attractions.
  • Organised indoor adult sport.
  • Remaining accommodation.
  • Remaining outdoor entertainment (including performances).

Read more about what's allowed under step 3 of the roadmap on the government website.

Get peace of mind, get tested regularly

Get tested regularly

Testing plays a vital role in keeping life moving for us all.

1 in 3 people with COVID-19 have no symptoms. Take twice weekly, rapid response COVID-19 tests when you don’t have symptoms to protect your family, friends, colleagues and the Island. 

  • Collect a kit from participating Island pharmacies. Use your location, map and filter to find your nearest store.
  • Get a supervised test in a pharmacy local to you. Enter your postcode on the NHS map to find the closest to you. Select 'filter results' and tick ‘test site requiring booking’ and ‘test site not requiring booking’. Then tap ‘Apply filters’ at the bottom of the list. Scroll down to the map and select the pharmacy closest to you to find further information.
  • Order online for home delivery.

Don't forget to report your result to the NHS after using a rapid response home test kit.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms or test positive on a rapid response test, self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test.

Self-isolation preparation

Self Isolation preparation

If you have COVID-19, you need to make sure you don't pass it on to anyone else. Self-isolating will help us return to a more normal way of life.

Self-isolate with the support you need:

Financial support: 

Day to day living:

  • Take this opportunity to plan ahead and have a conversation with your family, friends and neighbours to see how you can help each other if required. Consider how you would access food? Who would walk your dog? Who would pick up your prescription? And can you work from home?
  • Call our COVID-19 helpline on (01983) 823600 for support with food and medicine. They can help if you don't have a support network around you.

Mental health support:

Rediscover the Island's historic treasures

Island museums to reopen

Our heritage service is ready to welcome you back.

The Isle of Wight Record Office, Dinosaur Isle, The Museum of Island History, Cowes Maritime Museum and Newport Roman Villa started to reopen from Monday 17 May.

Some extra measures will be in place to allow visitors to use the museums safely, including additional cleaning and hand sanitiser stations at regular intervals across the sites.

You will need to wear a face covering, unless exempt, sanitise your hands and maintain social distancing. One-way routes will be in place and not everything will be open. For instance, many 'hands on' activities and exhibits will not be available.

Many of the attractions will require advanced booking.

Find out when they reopen, how to book and their opening times on our website.

Latest COVID-19 data for the Island

COVID stats 18 May

These are the latest published vaccination and COVID-19 stats for the Isle of Wight, from NHS England and Public Health England, respectively.

Cases are expected to fluctuate as we come out of lockdown and the government’s programme of rapid response testing for people without symptoms is rolled out.

You can read the full report here:

The COVID-19 statistics for the Isle of Wight, published by Public Health England on 17 May 2021 at 4pm including data up to 16 May 2021.

The vaccination statistics for the Isle of Wight, published by NHS England on 13 May 2021 including data up to 9 May 2021.

The graphic shows:

  • 92,211 – The number of island residents who have received their first dose of the vaccine.
  • 56,034 - The number of island residents who have received their second dose of the vaccine.
  • 6,834 - The number of confirmed cases to date of Island residents who have received a positive COVID-19 test result since March 2020. This is based on the residential address of the person tested rather than where they are registered with a GP.
  • 15 - The number of positive cases in the seven-day period.
  • 10.6 - 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.

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