MP Bob Seely said: “As we move into the ‘delay’ phase of the response to coronavirus, it’s important for all of us to take a common-sense approach based on medical advice, especially if we may come into contact with vulnerable people.
“I am very conscious that a number of MPs and Parliamentary staff are either self-isolating or have contracted coronavirus. Although I have no reason currently to think I may have contracted the virus, I am being mindful with whom I come into contact.
“MPs appear to be among those with an increased risk of not only catching the virus but also transmitting it, due to the nature of our roles and the amount of people we come into contact with.
“I am taking steps to avoid, wherever possible, coming into direct contact with vulnerable people or people such as carers, who then come into contact with elderly or vulnerable people.
“For example, my surgeries today have all been changed from face-to-face meetings to phone calls. This measure has been put in place to protect both my constituents and my staff who would normally attend surgeries with me.
“One of the many pleasures of the role of MP for the Island is to meet so many of my constituents, so frankly the situation is frustrating. However, right now the most important thing is to ensure that we behave responsibly and with consideration to each other.
“I will review these measures as the situation changes.
“I would urge constituents who wish to contact me to do so via email in the first instance at email@example.com or by telephone on 01983 220220.
“I remain very much contactable and I will continue my work, both to deal with individual constituent issues, but also to ensure that the Island gets a better deal, so please do not hesitate to contact me should you need to.”