Following the announcements made by the Chief Minister on 5th January 2021, the presiding officers have determined that the Legislative Buildings will close with immediate effect.
All sittings of Tynwald, its Branches and committees are to be held virtually. As simultaneous virtual sittings of the Branches are not possible, the President has determined that the Legislative Council will not sit on Tuesday 26 January 2021, but will sit instead on Wednesday 27 January 2021.
Public proceedings will be able to be heard, as usual, on Manx Radio and via the live and listen again audio webcast service on the Tynwald website.
All staff are now working from home except where necessary in support of virtual sittings. The public counter is closed and tours of the Legislative Buildings are not available.
The various teams in the Clerk of Tynwald’s Office may be contacted by post and email in the normal way, as can Members of Tynwald. Telephone contact is also still possible but please note that if you call the Legislative Buildings you will need to leave a voicemail including your number, and wait for someone to call you back.
The first virtual sitting of Tynwald was on 3 April 2020. From that date until 12 June 2020 the virtual Chamber accommodated 10 sittings of Tynwald Court, 7 sittings of the House of Keys, 5 sittings of the Legislative Council and 10 public sittings of parliamentary committees. The technical basis for the virtual Chamber is a Microsoft Teams audio call operated from the Legislative Council Chamber in Douglas, with votes on divisions being held through the MS Teams chat function.
For further information please contact:
Deputy Clerk of Tynwald and Clerk of the Legislative Council
Legislative Buildings, Douglas, Isle of Man IM1 3PW
01624 685500 (office)