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Curfew lifted today!

Photo depicting sections of Tortola. Photo by Davion Smith/BVI News Journalist

It’s official. The territory-wide curfew has been lifted.

It was lifted 5am today,  December 22.

A curfew was imposed in the British Virgin Islands three months ago after two category 5 hurricanes smashed into the territory and destroyed homes, businesses, and infrastructure.

Governor Augustus Jaspert and the Premier Dr D Orlando Smith government agreed to impose the curfew effectively  to preserve law and order while the territory recovered.

Over the past weeks, Government  gradually relaxed curfew hours. The latest curfew restricted residents from tranversing the territory’s streets between 5am and midnight daily.

Premier Smith had said a curfew would remain until power was restored to most of the territory.

Governor Jaspert then announced a week ago that he and government were satisfied that the territory was safe enough for the curfew to be lifted before Christmas.

Governor Jaspert, however, stated that government would reimplement the curfew if the security of the country is compromised.

There has been much public debate as to whether the curfew is still necessary.

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