Starting Sunday, May 10, beaches in the British Virgin Islands will once again reopen to the public; but will only be accessible under strict conditions.
Premier Andrew Fahie made that announcement while giving a local COVID-19 update on Friday.
He said Cabinet decided to open beaches across the territory from 6 am to 1 pm for the purposes of exercise and therapy.
Commenting on the restrictions relating to the access of beaches, Governor Augustus Jaspert said persons must adhere to the various COVID-19 prevention measures which have already been put in place by central government.
“The beaches are opened for exercise and therapy purposes and that is an important part of us all staying healthy as we stay healthy from the coronavirus threat. The beaches, though, aren’t open for large gatherings or events. People must adhere to social distancing and mass gathering restrictions,” he stated.
He also warned that if the measures are not adhered to by residents, Cabinet will not hesitate to reverse the decision made.
“The beaches will be monitored and we are relying on all of us to do the right thing. If we don’t comply, the beaches may be closed,” Governor Jaspert stated.
Certain businesses to remain closed
Meanwhile, Premier Fahie also announced a list of businesses which Cabinet decided must remain closed until further notice.
These include hotels, villas or other accommodation facilities, public swimming pools, cinemas, gyms, bars, night clubs and other entertainment facilities.
The Premier said a subsequent announcement will be made as to when these businesses will be able to reopen and the exact protocols which will have to be followed, as they all attract large crowds of people.
The BVI will commence its new curfew order on Sunday, May 10, which will allow activity between the hours of 6 am to 7 pm for a period of 14 days, in the first instance.
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