The popular visitor and tourist attraction, Cane Garden Bay Beach, is now closed to the public until further notice.
A bulletin published on government’s official website late Friday said this is as a result of high volumes of bacteria found in the water.
The release further said the findings were unearthed following a series of routine testing done at commonly-used beaches in the territory recently.
“The results of the water sample showed high levels of bad bacteria counts for Cane Garden Bay beach, and we want to ensure the health safety of swimmers,” Health and Social Development Minister Carvin Malone said.
The testing was conducted by the Environmental Unit of the Ministry of Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration in collaboration with Environmental Health Division of the Ministry of Health and Social Development following the passage of Tropical Storm Karen.
In the meantime, Minister for Natural Resources, Vincent Wheatley said the results from the latest routine check allowed local authorities to make the ‘swift decision’ to order the beach temporarily closed.
“Persons are asked not to bathe in the water at Cane Garden Bay while the beach is closed. The teams will continue to assess the area and will advise when the beach is safe and open for recreational use,” government has warned.
Despite the bulletin, a handful of residents were spotted on Sunday utilizing the now-closed beach. But the Natural Resources Minister has described the move as risky.
The type of bacteria or the likely implications it could pose for beach-goers is not known to BVI News.
This is not the first time the beach has been closed because of high bacteria levels.
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