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12 minutes ago, manxst said:

The government has responded...but unless there is legislation to say people can’t do that, and subsequently powers to enforce it, people are going to do what they want. The communication is poor, and the legalities just as much. 

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Wouldn't it be better not to use "etc" in the guidelines? 

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1 minute ago, Gladys said:

Wouldn't it be better not to use "etc" in the guidelines? 

It’d be better not to have ‘guidelines’ at all, and for people to be told exactly what they can and can’t do as a result of enacted law. Then we’d all know for sure.

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15 minutes ago, code99 said:

The Australian State Governments have adopted a '14 days without any locally transmitted cases’ rule of thumb as a precondition for lifting interstate border restrictions. It appears that IOM Gov might be using a similar passive rule of thumb, not to lift its’ border restrictions, but instead to lift its highly restrictive latest lockdown. Given our dependence on the UK and Europe in general, we can’t keep our external borders shut indefinitely, like what they are doing in Australia and New Zealand. It is therefore a great pity that IOM Gov have decided not to follow another international maxim - test, test, test!

The WHO has undoubtedly suffered reputational damage in the course of this pandemic, but they still remain the leading international authority for combating Covid-19. From the beginning, their advice has been to test as many people as possible. IMHO, the IOM Gov should have listened to them and implemented an inward ‘test everybody crossing over our borders’ testing regime. This testing program should have been done at the Government’s expense. By not doing this and instead allowing people to quarantine and not be tested, there was always the risk that the virus would ‘escape’ into the community. This is exactly what has happened, and now we are paying the price for that 'penny-pinching' mentality. According to the Treasury Minister, the cost to Government coffers of this (avoidable) second lockdown will be about £10m. Surely, no amount of testing would have cost that much…? The approach that the Government has decided to take is clearly false economy. The latest lockdown(s) will cost us more than if we had put in place, from the outset, mandatory (and IOM Gov funded) 1-7-13 days testing regime for all arrivals to the Island.

But, HQ & associates, in their infinite wisdom, were more knowledgeable - ignoring similar advice from Rachel Glover!

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2 minutes ago, Barlow said:

It's sloppy, fence-sitting, wishy-washy. Just what we need right now.

It's typical civil servant abdication of any defined responsibility as well as being reflective of the level of intelligence we have in key roles right now. 

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1 hour ago, Lxxx said:

And we have an MBE presiding over this fiasco

I'm trying to recall what MBE stood for when applied to the little fat-one; isn't it something like  Mumbling Bleedin' Eejit?

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As most of the population of the IOM have acted like adults during our periods of lockdown and contributed greatly to their success, before this last shambles. It would be good if our politicos could grow up, stop acting like children, put aside petty politics and who said what to who and deal with the crisis at hand. The population are adults so report the facts, not the facts which make you look better or less incompetent, and if we need external help from Dr Glover or anyone get together and sort it ! Not difficult is it !!!

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