Residents of the British Virgin Islands can now access beaches across the territory for longer periods. However, the current ’12 am to 5 am’ curfew will remain in place for another two weeks.
Premier Andrew Fahie made that announcement in a public statement on July 1.
He said: “Cabinet met and advised that the National Security Council instruct the Attorney General to … to maintain the curfew hours from midnight to 5 am for a period of 14 days, increase the hours of access to the territory’s beaches from 5:01 am to 11:59 pm, allow private vessels to continue to use territorial waters during full daylight hours from 5:01 am to 7:00 pm, and allow ferries to operate in territorial waters between 5 am and midnight.”
COVID-19 guidance for religious entities
The Premier said Cabinet also endorsed the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) guidelines now in place for churches and other faith-based organisations, and it will be subject to review on a weekly basis.
He said there appeared to have been some ‘misconceptions’ following a stakeholder consultation between the Ministry of Health and religious leaders who were working to develop the guidelines for Cabinet’s consideration.
“There seemed to have been some discussions in those stakeholder meetings regarding the length of time that religious institutions would meet for services. I wish to place on record that today was the first time Cabinet was able to see and review the guidance document that will support the safe conduct of religious proceedings and services in this ‘New Regular’ of living with COVID-19,” he stated.
“I wish to assure the public that the Government of the Virgin Islands will never try to put constraints on the work of the Lord, but will ensure that all is being done by all establishments in the territory to keep people safe and healthy. The Ministry of Health will make the guidelines available to the churches and other faith-based organisations in short order,” he added.
Fahie also said it is imperative that residents continue to practice the safety measures, such as standing six feet apart and using masks as well as washing hands often for 20 seconds.
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