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Curfew will end before Christmas — Governor

Members of the UK Armed Forces patrolling Road Town after Hurricane Irma. (Photo by Davion Smith/BVI News)

Governor Augustus Jaspert announced today that the territory-wide curfew will end before Christmas Day.

The governor said the decision was made after consultation with the National Democratic Party government. Governor Jaspert also shaved another two hours from the current 11pm to 6am curfew until it is officially lifted next Friday.

“We have agreed that this should be the final time that the curfew will be extended – from today up until 22 December.  The curfew will run from midnight tonight until 5am daily, and will end at 5am on Friday, December 22,” Governor Jaspert said in media release.

The governor said the decision to lift the now three-month curfew is because there has been ‘progress on all fronts’, adding that the decision was ‘carefully considered’.

Curfew can still be reimplemented 

Governor Jaspert underscored: “If there are indications that the lifting of the curfew is having a detrimental effect on the security and safety of residents, we will not hesitate to reinstate it.”

Over the past weeks, there has been a public debate on whether the curfew should be lifted.

At least one legislator, Julian Fraser said the curfew should remain.

Fraser urged Premier Dr D Orlando Smith in the House of Assembly yesterday not to lift the curfew.

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