Isle of Wight holiday makers might just have picked the best week of the summer to staycation, or to visit the Isle of Wight.

You only have to walk the streets of Ryde or Sandown to know that the Island has reopened for the summer season, while those in hospitality and tourism juggle the requirements of coronavirus safety with a return to (something like) 'normal'.

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While a heatwave has kept us sizzling - from Shanklin to Sandown and from to Yarmouth to Cowes - the government's Eat Out To Help Out voucher scheme also appears to be providing a much-needed weekday boost.

Many have noticed a spike in bookings on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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There is an early suggestion that the success of the discount for diners scheme could be at the cost of weekend trade, however.

In the last week, the mercury has regularly reached the early 30s.

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Ella and Isaac have been keeping cool in Sandown at the beach and in the paddling pool at home.

There are anecdotal reports of fully booked ferries, day-trippers popping across The Solent and restaurants (and diners) full to bursting.

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced businesses to think long and hard about how and what they provide.

The number of rooms and beds on offer are more limited than usual, but many accommodation providers are reporting a surge of interest in those places that are available.

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Will Myles, MD at Visit Isle of Wight said: "It is fantastic to see the Island busy again and looking glorious in the summer sun.

"People are enjoying the summer safely, residents are rediscovering the Island and many businesses are seeing a welcome boost with the Eat Out to Help Out scheme."

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Jane Gibbs, co-owner of Quayside Leisure, which owns the Bargeman’s Rest, Dairyman’s Daughter and The Steamer Inn, said Eat Out To Help Out has so far been a huge boost for business.

She said: "There has been a fantastic take up, which has seen a great start to the week with so many pre-bookings. Many families are making the most of the offer.

"The early signs are that it is shifting business away from the weekends, but we - and the hard working teams at our pubs - are very glad to welcome people back."

Julian Adams owns the Waverley Park Holiday Centre in East Cowes.

He said Eat Out to Help Out has meant he was as busy as he could possibly be.

He took a decision to limit accommodation, but has seen a rise in bookings for the space he has opened up.

He said: "We have limited it to a two thirds capacity, which enables us to leave three days between bookings for caravans, allowing a proper time for cleaners to ensure everything is up to the highest spec.

"We are fully booked for the rest of the summer.

"We are still taking calls from people wanting to book and we’re seeing a huge spike from people who are looking to camp on the Isle of Wight.’

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Shanklin's The Rowborough Hotel was recently featured on Tripadvisor Traveller’s Choice Best of the Best Awards.

Co-owner Michelle Tarrant said: ‘In the last few weeks it has certainly got a lot better than it was. Maybe that is to do with the Tripadvisor awards, the lovely sunshine, or because people are deciding that they won’t be able to make their holiday to Spain so are deciding, at the last minute, to come to the Isle of Wight.

"At the moment, everything is on our side.

"We’ve limited our occupancy to 60%, so of course we will be down on last year’s takings."