The organisers of the Isle of Man TT have confirmed that they are “carefully monitoring the island’s position regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) with a cross-government working group”.
Huge numbers of tourists from all over the world visit the island during the Isle of Man TT, with last year’s event seeing more than 46,000 people attend. However, with the COVID-19 outbreak raising international public health concerns and obliging authorities to bring in quarantines, there may be disruption to this year’s event.
In an official statement made on behalf of the Isle of Man’s government, the organisers said: “While the threat to the public in the Isle of Man remains low, a number of future contingency scenarios are being considered. This is usual practice and is in line with the WHO advice for preparations in case of a pandemic.
“The risk is low and preparations for this year’s TT remain on schedule. Work will continue as usual in order to ensure another successful TT.
“The organisers, in partnership with the Department for Enterprise and the Isle of Man Government and in line with experts in the UK, will continue to monitor the situation.”
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Picture credit: Competitors entering Parliament Square in Ramsey on the Isle of Man during TT race week in 2016. Photograph by James Daw (Flickr), used under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic Licence (cropped)