Isle of Man air bridge 'suspended' following COVID outbreak in Guernsey

The Isle of Man's air bridge with Guernsey has been 'suspended' after an outbreak of coronavirus 'in the community' in Guernsey.

Seven cases of coronavirus have been identified in Guernsey, with the first individual testing positive on Monday 19th October, despite not returning from the UK in the last two weeks.

All of the cases are either family members or work colleagues of the first case, known as the 'index case'.

Chief Minister, Howard Quayle MHK, made the announcement this afternoon at the government press briefing.

He confirmed that all returning residents to the Isle of Man will be required to self-isolate for 14 days on their return.Guernsey's airline, Aurigny, has confirmed that there will be one final flight rotation on Saturday 24th October returning residents to their island.

According to their records, there are approximately 120 Manx residents in Guernsey and 70 residents in the Isle of Man.The Isle of Man Government is encouraging all residents to fill out a Landing Form to show details of where they will be self-isolating on their return.

This is the same process for Manx residents who return to the island from the UK and is required to enter the Isle of Man under the current rules.

The air bridge had allowed unrestricted travel between the two Crown Dependencies, forming a new relationship through tourism and sport.Sporting teams from each island will no longer be able to compete with one another and upcoming fixtures have been cancelled.

There are three active cases in the Isle of Man, but these remain isolated cases meaning there has been no spread in the community.

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There are three cases of coronavirus in the Isle of Man, but all remain isolated.