Latest IOM Government update - 6 January 2021

Coronavirus

On 5th January 2021, the Isle of Man Government announced restrictions, including a ‘Stay at Home’ request and social distancing of 2 metres, in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the local community. Please get in touch with one of the team today if you require any assistance applying for the grants, or simply finding out more information, we are here to help.

Guidance for Business

Employers are required to take the stay at home obligation seriously and do everything they can to facilitate working from home. Limited specific sectors will be able to continue work when they are classed as an essential service.  

Business Closures

To help reinforce social distancing all non-essential services and community spaces will now be closed (from 23:00 on Tuesday 05 January 2021). The full list of closures and exemptions can be found here.

The Manx Earnings Replacement Allowance – MERA

This was set up for our last lockdown in 2020:

  • Claims can be made online at im/coronavirus from 9am on Thursday 7 January. Anyone who is unable to make their claim online should call 648125 or email mera@gov.im;
  • MERA will again be available to both employed earners and self-employed people who are made redundant, laid off or put on nil pay by their employer;
  • It will also be available to those who are self-employed but who are prevented from carrying out their work due to the restrictions and meet the qualifying conditions;
  • MERA will be paid at a standard rate of £200 a week.  Initially, MERA will be paid up to 31 January 2021;
  • Unemployed and self-employed people who are not eligible for MERA may be eligible for jobseeker’s allowance instead;
  • Queries regarding MERA can be directed to the allocated MERA telephone line 648125 which will open from Wednesday 6 January. Queries can also be sent by email to mera@gov.im.

Salary Support Scheme

  •  The Salary Support Scheme is being reopened to all businesses that were able to claim during last year’s period of lockdown, 2 March to 19 July 2020;
  • This is designed to ensure that businesses impacted by the circuit break action can continue to pay their employees;
  • The method of claiming remains the same, along with the amount of support, which provides financial assistance to any qualifying business of up to £280 for a full-time equivalent employee per week;
  • The scheme will be open for an initial period beginning on the 4 January and ending on 31 January 2021.

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