UPDATE: Isle of Wight Council

We will be providing regular updates as they come through from the IoW Council.

"Support helpline for vulnerable Islanders

A helpline has been set up to support our most vulnerable residents affected by coronavirus self-isolation measures.

You can call 01983 823 600 between 9am and 5pm, 7 days a week.

This phone number is for anyone

  • who needs help because of self-isolation

  • who is alone and needs support

  • who feels vulnerable

Isle of Wight Council and voluntary networks have worked together to provide this helpline to ensure those that need assistance are supported."

Crab Niton will be running a helpline for the Niton community to provide support and information to anyone struggling amidst isolation and social distancing measures.

You can call 01983 730 748 between 10am and 4pm, 7 days a week (from Wednesday 25 March 2020)

Council leader Dave Stewart shared a message on Friday (20 March) reassuring Islanders that the Council was ready to tackle Coronavirus. He urged Islanders to take precautions such a washing hands, social distancing and self-isolating when required.

He said: "I want to assure you now that we are doing all we can to protect you and the rest of our Island community as we enter the storm of coronavirus in the days and weeks ahead.

"In the midst of this international public health crisis, the Isle of Wight is stepping up to ensure all our community have what they need to cope with the impact of COVID-19 — we know it will be tough but we are ready and we will respond as necessary."

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Following the declaration of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) as a major incident, the Council have shared the following General Advice:

Follow Public Health England advice by washing your hands for 20 seconds using soap and water:

  • when you get to work or arrive home

  • after you blow your nose, cough or sneeze

  • before you eat or handle food.

If you are not able to wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand gel with at least 60% alcohol.

You should also cough or sneeze into tissues, then put them in the bin straight away before washing your hands.

IoW Council has also provided links to more detailed information: