THE Isle of Wight Council is urging people to once again travel the 'Wight' way as more Covid-19 restrictions are lifted this week.

The next step in the Prime Minister's roadmap out of lockdown came into effect earlier this week, allowing two households and up to six people to reunite outdoors at a safe distance.

The rules do not allow people to mix indoors, and there should be no long-distance travelling or overnight stays, which includes single households staying in a second home

The council is relaunching the Island visitor charter ­— a set of simple to follow guidelines that promote good and positive behaviours expected of visitors during their stay.

The charter will be displayed prominently onboard ferries and in mainland and local terminals, as well as on Southern Vectis buses.

Supt Sarah Jackson, who oversees policing on the Island, said: "We will not be preventing people from travelling from one area to another.

"The government guidance advises people to 'minimise domestic travel' — this is guidance only and will not be enforceable by the police.

"We will continue to maintain Covid-19 related patrols, as required, in addition to our usual resourcing.

"This is to address any problems that are identified to us and ensure that people are observing the restrictions that are in place at the given time to prevent the spread of the virus."

The charter has been endorsed by the Island's cross-Solent ferry operators, which have implemented strict hygiene, social distancing and other Covid-19 compliant measures to ensure people can travel in safety and comfort.

Neil Chapman, managing director of Hovertravel, said: "The ‘Wight Way’ charter shows how we all, including visitors and residents, can continue to work together towards a sustainable summer of recovery.”

Fran Collins, chief executive of Red Funnel, said: "Safety is always our top priority.

"For this reason, we whole-heartedly support the visitor charter and will continue to uphold the measures we have put in place to protect our passengers and staff."

Keith Greenfield, chief executive of Wightlink, said: "Now coronavirus infection numbers are falling, and vaccinations are well underway, we are gradually increasing ferry services in line with the easing of government restrictions.

"We can reassure Islanders we will continue to take every measure to make sure travel with Wightlink is as safe as possible."

Will Myles, managing director of Visit Isle of Wight, said the well-being of residents was foremost in everyone's mind.

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