Results of recent Borders & Testing Survey | November 2020

The results of a recent survey to Chamber members and the wider business community have been compiled and analysed.

Date: Tuesday 03 November 2020

143 businesses completed the recent Chamber of Commerce survey on borders and testing.


• 86% believe there should be mandatory testing on arrival to the Island
• The impact of border closure on businesses is very mixed
• 69% believe the Isle of Man should have mandatory testing on individuals prior to leaving isolation.


Makeup of respondents


Those that completed the survey represented a broad cross-section of sectors with the majority fitting into the SME category.

 

Impact of border closure

Opinions about the impact of the border closure on local businesses were mixed with around 28% saying there had been a significant impact; just under 27% rating the impact as moderate, and just under 45% saying there had been little or no impact.


26% reported issues in bringing key personnel to the Island, whereas 63% of respondents reported having no issues. 74% said they had no issues bringing newly employed personnel to the Island.


Testing


59% of respondents support the Government’s decision to rescind the 7-day test and 58% believe the Government should offer salary support for any employees that test positive for COVID for a further 14 days.


An overwhelming 87% believe the Isle of Man should have mandatory testing on arrival to the Island and 70% believe individuals should be tested before leaving 14-day isolation.


75% believe that if an individual is isolating in the household the whole household should also isolate. When an employee is sharing a household with an individual that is self-isolating half the businesses who responded insist on the employee working from home.


59% of respondents feel the Government should offer salary support for employees that test positive for COVID and are unable to work from home.
There was a 50/50% split in opinion on productivity being affected by employees working from home.


70% believe the Isle of Man should have mandatory testing on individuals prior to leaving isolation.


62% of respondents agreed with the introduction of the new Civil Contingencies Bill.

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