Starting today, BVI residents will be permitted to spend more hours outside their homes as the territory’s new curfew hours will now be from 5 pm to 5 am daily.
According to government’s new curfew order published in the gazette on Tuesday, this latest adjustment to the curfew hours will remain in place until September 30.
Under the new order, spas, salons, hairdressers and barbershops are also allowed to operate from 5 am to 5 pm provided they have been inspected and approved by the Social Distancing Monitoring Task Force and certified by the Environmental Health Division.
Daycare centres, preschools, public pools, cinemas, bars, night clubs and other entertainment services have not been approved to reopen.
The new curfew order also states that local beaches may be accessed by persons between 5 am to 5 pm daily, solely for exercise and therapy.
Persons are to remain inside their place of residence, including their yard space during curfew hours.
The BVI has been under curfew since June 17 to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the territory.
The economy has taken a hit due to the curfew hours as many businesses have reduced operating hours and vital industries like tourism have halted completely.
The government has promised to reopen the territory on a phased basis as long as the number of COVID-19 cases continue to drop.
The last report from BVI authorities said that the BVI currently has 28 active COVID-19 cases. Health Minister Carvin Malone is expected to give an update today, Wednesday, September 16.
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