Steam Packet crew ‘treated like lepers in some instances’

Friday, May 14th, 2021 6:35am

CEO says impact of gov’t comments damaging to staff

Steam Packet crews have been treated like criminals, and in some instances ‘lepers’, according to the chief executive.

Mark Woodward says the impact on staff has been serious since government denied it knew that Island-based employees weren’t self-isolating while off-shift. 

The chief minister, health minister and director of public health have all given evidence to the Public Accounts Committee.

Steam Packet representatives appeared yesterday – speaking afterwards Mr Woodward told Manx Radio government’s actions have been detrimental:

Government denies any wrongdoing, reaffirming that it was unaware crew members were not in quarantine outside of work, since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.

The results of an independent report into what happened are due this week.

Manx Radio: Isle of Man News