The Isle of Man has today lifted all of its lockdown laws – with pubs, schools and shops reopened and social distancing and face mask rules scrapped. The measures on the island – which is a self-governing dependency – were lifted in the early hours of this morning after a 25-day circuit breaker lockdown came to an end. It comes after health chiefs recorded just 15 active and isolated cases yesterday on the island – located in the middle of the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland. But while the island’s 50 pubs have been given the green light to throw open their doors, its borders – which have been shut since March – remain closed to all but residents and key workers. The tight border controls and strict isolation measures helped keep the island Covid free for seven months, until an outbreak after the new year led to a ‘short, sharp’ lockdown. As lockdown measures are lifted on the Isle of Man: Boris has today ordered Tory MPs to abstain in a Labour vote demanding an even tougher border crackdown to stop mutant Covid strains; Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has predicted that ‘European beach holidays will be back this… Read full this story
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