It is official. The Isle of Man TT 2021 races have been canceled as a result of the ongoing COVID pandemic. The 2021 races were scheduled for the week of May 29 to June 12. The Isle of Man Government confirmed and announced the decision.
Currently, the cancelation only pertains to the Isle of Man TT. The 2021 Classic TT and Manx Grand Prix, August 21 to September 3, 2021, are still on schedule. The government is monitoring the situation and make announcements as deemed necessary.
In a statement, Minister for Enterprise, Laurence Skelly MHK verbalized:
“We do not underestimate the disappointment that this decision will cause to many people. However, we are making an early, logical decision to provide certainty and clarity to race fans and everyone else involved in the event.
“The TT relies on thousands of volunteers and officials across a wide range of organisations and we could not move responsibly towards a positive decision to proceed in planning for 2021, which would involve committing to welcoming tens of thousands of people to the Island in June, despite the progress towards a vaccination programme globally and on the Island.
“We evaluated all possible options including moving the TT to a date later in the year but there are complexities and risks, including scaling up of certain infrastructure and critical delivery elements of the TT, as well as existing resident and visitor travel in late August, which would cause further disruption to thousands of people.
“This decision has not been taken lightly but has been taken in the interests of the Island, the health and wellbeing of residents and visitors, and is in line with our ongoing pandemic strategy. However, whilst making this decision, it does not necessarily mean that we believe the Island’s borders will remain under the current restrictions as we hope to welcome visitors back to the Island at the earliest opportunity.
“To the fans around the world I would say that we are really sorry to have to make this decision, but that we sincerely hope that we will still see you at some point next year.
“The cancellation will have clear and immediate impacts on the Island’s tourism and travel businesses, and the Department for Enterprise will be issuing a further statement today (Monday), regarding additional support for industry to maintain and protect our strong visitor experience for the long term.”
The Department for Enterprise did confirm that Isle of Man TT 2022 Races are on the books for May 28 to June 11 of 2022.