Public Health - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Recovery

Respect, Protect and Enjoy

Cartoon of people on beach with coronavirus symbol

From 4 July 2020, visitors are invited to return to the Isle of Wight.

Working closely with Visit Isle of Wight, the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce and other local organisations and businesses, the Island is providing ‘Covid-secure’ facilities and attractions to protect you, your family and friends, our community and our visitors as the national coronavirus lockdown continues to ease,

Many of our Island's tourism businesses are ‘good to go’ – following government and industry guidance and will be able to welcome everyone safely from 4 July 2020.

Guidance for residents

Things will look and feel different, businesses are putting social distancing and good hygiene measures in place. They are ensuring that good practices are possible on their sites and within their venues, to make sure that anyone using them are safe.

It is, however, required of us (residents) and our visitors to respect the Island, our businesses and each other.

Some people you come across might have been at home for three months without much contact; they might feel concern at venturing out; they might feel intimidated or anxious about the new measures in place; perhaps they suffer with hearing or sight difficulties so find it more difficult to engage in this new world… This is new to all of us.

Please respect everyone’s safety, protect yourself and others, and enjoy your summer on the Isle of Wight.

You can do this by:

  • Keeping a social distance - 2 metres if possible and at least 1 metre between yourself and others outside of your household or 'bubble'
  • Washing or sanitising your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds.
  • Wearing a face-covering on public transport and where possible when visiting indoor sites.
  • Being patient with each other, with staff at attractions who are doing their best to help you but remain within the guidance for their business.
  • Taking litter home with you or disposing of it appropriately as this will help to contain the spread of the virus and also keep our Island environment looking its best for everyone to enjoy.

 

Guidance for visitors

The Isle of Wight has done a good job of containing the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), with relatively low levels of infection during lockdown.

We are looking forward to your visit, but ask that you help our community to continue to keep infections low by doing everything you can to have a safe and enjoyable visit.

Please read out Visitor Charter

Plan your visit - Know before you go!

When planning your visit to the Isle of Wight, please read the guidance available from Visit England. The Isle of Wight is ready to welcome you, but you must plan and book your journey before travelling. Know before you go

View the latest Government advice about safer travel.

Plan your journey: 

  • Check the latest travel advice and allow for delays.
  • Plan your journey and travel off peak if you can.
  • Maintain your social distance (2 metres if possible, but no less than 1 metre).
  • Take hand sanitiser and face covering as well as any other essentials when you travel.
  • If you require assistance you should continue to request this as you normally would.
  • Use online or contactless payment where you can.
  • Be patient and follow instructions from transport staff.

 

On your journey:

In order to get to the Island, you will have to travel on a ferry either in a vehicle or on foot. However, you choose to travel, you will need to wear a face-covering as ferries are public transport. 

Please make sure to pack a face-covering for everyone in your group that can wear one, some exclusions apply please see government guidance on face-coverings .

  • Wear a face-covering on public transport (including ferries)
  • Maintain a social distance – measures are in place on all ferries to help you with this
  • Wash or sanitise your hand regularly
  • Use contactless payment if possible
  • Be patient and follow instructions from transport staff.

 

Once you arrive and for the duration of your visit 

Whether you’ve been to the Island before or this is your first visit, you’ll notice there are lots of measures in place to help to keep you safe whether it’s queuing systems in place to access attractions,  hand sanitising stations, or fewer chairs and table.

You can be reassured all of our local hospitality businesses are operating in a covid-secure way to keep you and our community safe.

Please drive safely, follow instructions at venues, stay alert and help to control the virus and protect the Island.

Please take your litter with you or dispose of it appropriately as this will help to contain the spread of the virus and also keep our Island environment looking its best for everyone to enjoy.

And please remember to:

  • Maintain your social distance (2 metres if possible, but no less than 1 metre).
  • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds.
  • Take hand sanitiser and face covering with you as well as any other essentials when enjoying the Island.

Please enjoy our Island – we do! Please do so safely.

If you fall ill while on holiday

  • If you start to experience symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) while on your holiday, please isolate immediately at your accommodation.

  • Inform your accommodation provider.

  • Get tested for Coronavirus immediately, call 119. We have a testing facility on the Island. Find out how to book a test on the Isle of Wight 

  • If you feel well enough to travel home, please contact your ferry operator and inform them that you are visiting and have come down with Coronavirus symptoms.

  • If you feel too unwell to travel, call 111 to seek further medical advice.

Enjoy your visit. Respect and protect the Isle of Wight.

Guidance for businesses

Thank you for working with us to ensure that the Isle of Wight is Covid-secure.  

Please visit our covid-secure business web page where we you will discover  information, guidance, advice and toolkits to enable Island businesses to ensure that the Isle of Wight remains covid-secure.