Isle of Man is Reopening for Business

Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce is urging shoppers to support local businesses – and respect the safety measures that have been put in place – as the Island’s retail sector begins to get back to normal.

Date: Friday 29 May 2020

It’s safe to shop: Chamber urges public to support Island’s retailers

Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce is urging shoppers to support local businesses – and respect the safety measures that have been put in place – as the Island’s retail sector begins to get back to normal.

Andrew Corrie – who is Area Manager for Manx Coop and the Chamber’s Sector Lead for Retail – says that it has never been more important for the community to work together to support the local economy. He said: “We must never forget the human cost that Covid-19 has had on the Island, but out of this adversity we have also seen many examples of collaboration within the community. Working as a team has got us this far, and as different sectors of the economy now begin to unlock it is of crucial importance that the Manx public are afforded a safe and enjoyable work, shopping, and leisure experience in order to get the economy back to full capacity. Our message to shoppers is that it’s now safe for them to return to their local retailers who have put measures in place to ensure that they are complying with Government advice. This includes hand-washing and sanitizing facilities, social distancing measures, and PPE in environments where it is necessary.”

The Chamber of Commerce – in partnership with Isle of Man Government, businesses, clinical experts, industry bodies, and the Manx Solidarity Fund – is working hard to ensure that businesses can return to some sort of normality when they are permitted and ready to do so.

Andrew added: “Of course, safety and security are the priorities for all concerned. Essential retailers have been operating safely throughout the crisis, for example, restaurants and takeaways have operated, albeit differently to normal, and more recently construction has resumed. The non-essential retail sector has begun to return and will soon be joined by hair and beauty, outdoor leisure, outdoor cafes and restaurants, and personal health services. The other service sectors will shortly start returning to offices and workplaces around the Island.

“Every single one of the employers in these sectors, as well as the sectors still to return, has worked tirelessly to ensure that they are providing the safest possible environments. There have been hundreds of hours of collaboration, advice, sharing of best practice and many, many, sleepless nights. There has also been a significant investment in modifying the spaces in which businesses operate and introducing safe systems of work to ensure that any risks are minimised. All retailers understand that some customers may have concerns about returning to their local retailers, but they can be assured that all retail spaces have been made as safe as possible for employees and shoppers. So whether it is a meal, food, clothes, a haircut, beauty treatment, or other service, you can be assured that businesses are waiting with a warm Manx welcome to provide you with a safe and enjoyable experience.”