THE Isle of Man has lifted all coronavirus restrictions, including the wearing of masks and social distancing, while pubs and restaurants have reopened.
Here is everything you need to know about the island.
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Where is the Isle of Man?
The Isle of Man is located between Britain and Northern Ireland in the Irish Sea.
It is a self-governing British Crown Dependency, similar to Jersey and Guernsey in the Channel Islands.
This means the Isle of Man is not part of the UK or the EU and has its own parliament, government and laws.
It is 32 miles long and is 14 miles at its widest point, and has 20 monitored beaches, where the only views of Ireland, Scotland and Wales all at the same time can be seen.
The capital is Douglas and it’s world renowned for the TT races.
What is the Isle of Man’s population?
The island has a population of 85,000, similar to the population of Bath.
There have been just 434 cases of coronavirus since the outbreak began, with 15 active cases and 25 deaths.
What are the new restrictions?
Residents on the island will no longer have to social distance from each other, or wear masks.
All schools and businesses will reopen along with pubs and restaurants and gyms.
Employees can return to work as normal in most settings.
The majority of public services will return to normal operation in the coming days.
Can I travel there?
No, the borders are still closed to the Isle of Man.
As of February 1, 2021, the island is operating with Border Level 4 restrictions.
There is a mandatory 21 day self-isolation period for locals returning to the island.
Those travelling must isolate alone and need to complete a Landing Form for contact tracing.
The Isle of Man hit the headlines in 2020 when a jetski Romeo was jailed for crossing the Irish Sea to meet his girlfriend on the island.
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Dale McLaughlan, 28, had just ten minutes of fuel left when he arrived at the island’s Ramsey harbour on after a bonkers 4.5 hour trip – and later confirmed that he couldn’t swim.
The island’s strict Covid rules also saw five welders jailed for leaving their hotel to get food and another man sentenced to six weeks for breaking self-isolation rules by visiting McDonald’s.
We’ve explained why the Isle of Man should be on your bucket list when travel restrictions are lifted.