THE Isle of Man has reopened self-catered properties this week as the island lowers some of their strict lockdown rules.

This doesn't mean a holiday will be on the horizon any time soon, however.

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The island has managed to avoid large numbers of coronavirus cases, with just seven cases remaining on the Isle of Wight.

Along with holiday properties, including camping sites, shops have also been allowed to open and groups up to 10 people are allowed.

Yet travelling to the islands still is not allowed – the border remains closed to tourists still. Only local residents will be able to stay.

The opening of tourism properties is phase four of the Isle of Man's six phase plan to get back to normal.

Phase six will see the borders open again to tourism, but there is no current time frame regarding when this will take place.

The majority of ferry operations to the island have stopped due to coronavirus while flights with Blue Island and BA have also been grounded and the airport is closed.

With plans from the UK government to allow the tourism industry to start again from July, the Isle of Man could be included in this ahead of the summer holidays.

Angela Byrne, Head of Visit Isle of Man previously told the Telegraph: "Currently we aren’t able to accept non-residents onto the Island and any returning residents need to follow a 14-day quarantine.

"We need to ensure the safety of our residents first and foremost."

Brits will not need to quarantine when returning to the mainland.

Holidays abroad are looking more unlikely than ever this year following the 14-day quarantine restrictions starting from June 8.

Anyone returning to the UK from outside of the country will have to self-isolate for two weeks, making a holiday overseas much more difficult.

Air bridges are being considered to allow tourists to visit certain countries without quarantining, such as Greece and Portugal.

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