Natural Resources Minister Vincent Wheatley has said the current ban on local beaches is as a result of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force’s (RVIPF) inability to patrol every beach to ensure safety measures are being observed by residents.
The territory is presently under a partial curfew for the next week-and-a-half. During that time, persons are able to go to work, shop, pay their bills, and conduct other businesses. However, the beaches are off-limits.
Responding to the matter during an interview with BVI News on Monday, Wheatley said: “It is one of those precautionary measures of people gathering together. It is just part of crowd control.”
“It (the ban) is really something that came from the police. The police don’t have enough manpower to patrol every area on land, the businesses and go to the beaches too. That’s all it is. If you have people in a smaller area, you have more control over them,” he further explained.
The issue has been a hot topic on social media where residents are clamouring for the opportunity to once again be free to visit local beaches.
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