The Council of Ministers has decided to cancel the Isle of Man 2020 Tourist Trophy. The island also had to step up measures to protect against the pandemic, this make it impossible to hold the event.
Laurence Skelly MHK, Minister for Enterprise:
“The decision to cancel has not been taken lightly and all options including postponement and delaying the decision have been considered in detail. Representatives from the Isle of Man Government will now discuss the implications with all relevant businesses, stakeholders and individuals affected by this cancellation, which it recognises will be significant.
With the visitor restriction in place for the foreseeable future we wanted to make the decision now to give businesses, visitors and all involved stakeholders time to manage the impact going forward. The Isle of Man, and the Isle of Man TT, are faced with unique challenges regarding COVID-19 and making this decision will provide certainty to teams, competitors, sponsors and stakeholders of the event and to visitors across the globe.
The decision also aims to provide reassurance for our residents and healthcare professionals that the health and well-being of the Isle of Man’s residents is the single biggest priority and focus of this Government.”
Refund for tickets already sold
The Department of Enterprise, will be fully refund the tickets sold so far acquired about iomttraces.com. A number of support measures will be introduced for companies that suffer financial damage from the cancellation. Exact details will be announced tomorrow.
Classic TT & Manx Grand Prix
It is still unclear whether the Classic TT and the Manx Grand Prix can take place. The events are planned for August 22, 2020. How the situation will change by then cannot be estimated yet.
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