Isle of Man to get additional bank holiday in recognition of Covid-19 efforts – ITV News

The Isle of Man government has announced islanders will receive an additional bank holiday in recognition of its response to coronavirus.

It comes after the Manx government announced yesterday there would be no bank holiday on Senior Race Day this year, which was scheduled for June 12.

The reason was due to the cancellation of the 2020 TT races which were were due to take place between May 30 and June 13.

Treasury Minister, Alfred Cannan MHK confirmed the news today and apologised for the lack of information which was made available.

The current provisional date which is being proposed is Friday August 28.

The holiday is being established in recognition of the efforts being made by health and social care staff, key workers and the community while the Island deals with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Minister Cannan said: ‘There has been considerable economic and employment disruption that has already taken place across many industries and given that the primary purpose of the Bank Holiday – TT racing – is no longer relevant, it is considered appropriate to remove any confusion and cancel this event.

‘It is, however, appropriate to consider a further Bank Holiday later in the summer to recognise and celebrate the efforts of health and social care staff, key workers and the whole community in meeting the challenges of the pandemic, and to do so at time when it is hoped some restrictions will have been lowered.’

Minister Cannan added: ‘This has been discussed with the Chief Minister and Council of Ministers and is provisionally being planned for Friday 28 August. This will hopefully mean that more families and friends can come together to properly mark the occasion and that more local businesses in the hospitality and leisure sector will benefit.

‘I apologise for a lack of information being made available on this until now, and look forward to a formal confirmation taking place next week.’

Source: itv.com

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