Chamber poll reveals business’ views on IOM Govt’s Covid-19 exit framework | March 2021

A Chamber of Commerce survey has given an insight into the business community’s views on Isle of Man Government’s Covid-19 exit framework.

Date: Tuesday 23 March 2021

A Chamber of Commerce survey has given an insight into the business community’s views on Isle of Man Government’s Covid-19 exit framework.

The poll featured responses from 42 businesses representing a broad cross-section of the Island’s economy, including tourism, hospitality, entertainment, catering, construction, finance, retail, and the third sector. Respondents answered questions about the exit framework which sets out Government’s strategy to deal with the long-term challenges posed by the pandemic.

Headlines from the survey include a high level of support for Government’s three phase (preparation, transition, release) strategy. When asked if they agreed with the strategy, 71% of respondents said yes – but 24% said they disagreed, and 5% said they didn’t understand the strategy. Regarding the possibility of introducing ‘vaccine passports’, 55% said they ‘strongly supported’ that idea, and 19% selected the ‘somewhat support’ option. A majority of the respondents (58%) supported a continuation of social distancing, but there was less support (52%) for the increased use of facemasks.

Here are the other main results of the survey – including the questions that were asked:

• Does the framework provide sufficient clarity on the pathway Government expects to take?
o Yes – 35%
o Somewhat – 40%
o No – 25%

• Would you rather live with some restrictions in place to minimise the need for lockdown and allow a little more easing on the borders? Respondents were asked for their views from a business perspective, and from a social/personal perspective:
o Business
 Yes – 56%
 No – 37%
 Don’t know – 7%
o Social/personal
 Yes – 54%
 No – 37%
 Don’t know – 9%

Chamber CEO, Rebecca George, thanked everyone who took part in the survey, and commented: “There does seem to be a strong level of support for Government’s exit strategy as this stage, but there’s also an underlying mood which suggests that businesses are concerned about the timelines set out in the framework. The message we’re getting from our members is that while they appreciate the challenges that are facing Government, and that concerns about public health have to take priority in decision making, they also want to see a flexible approach which allows the timelines to be brought forward whenever possible – especially regarding the relaxation of border restrictions.”

 

A graphic showing the highlights from the Chamber of Commerce survey about Isle of Man Government’s Covid-19 exit framework.


The Island’s biggest business network is continuing to offer a range of support to businesses, including information about how to access Isle of Man Government support schemes – go to www.iomchamber.org.im and click on the ‘Covid-19/Jan 2021’ tab for details.