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Disappointing! Businesses, hoteliers say gov’t rejected their reopening plan

CEO of the Incline Business Group, Chaunci Cline

The British Virgin Islands Chamber of Commerce & Hotel Association’s (BVICCHA) said it is disappointed the government rejected a set of protocols it created to assist in the safe reopening of the territory.

CEO of the Incline Business Group (IBG), Chaunci Cline — who is also a member of the BVICCHA — said a small task force of business leaders created the BVI HI 5 Assurance Programme Guidelines.

Cline said: “The idea of the BVI HI-5 Assurance Programme was to certify that the businesses pass all requirements and have minimum standard operating procedures in place prior to the full reopening of the borders to visitors.”

She further said even the BVI Tourist Board “recommended and embraced” the BVI HI 5 Programme before passing it on to the government for final input.

However, the BVICCHA was disappointed when the government launched BVI Love Campaign without embracing its proposed plan for the BVI’s border reopening.

“Before the campaign’s launch, BVICCHA and IBG were very confident that the programme would be implemented to help build traveller confidence in our national preparedness and protocols while educating and equipping the country to open safely and responsibly to visitors of the BVI,” Cline said in a recent statement.

She continued: “On 30 September 2020, the BVI Tourist Board informed IBG that they decided not to proceed as initially planned with the BVI HI 5 Assurance Programme.”

Cline said despite the government’s rejection of the proposed guidelines and protocols, the BVICCHA will be hosting a Business Stakeholders Meeting on Tuesday, October 6 to discuss the submitted reopening plan, in lieu of an official reopening plan from the government

Sections of the public and members of the Opposition have been calling for the government to release a comprehensive plan for the reopening of the territory on December 1.

They say businesses are still unaware of what measures will obtain to ensure everyone’s safety once visitors are allowed to visit the territory.

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  1. C'mon Man! says:

    No surprise. King Fahie smart me boy he got us exactly where he want us, begging and broke. He more powerful now than ever before.

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    • Chaos says:

      Watch him throw out crumbs and we’ll all hail his compassion as we fight each other to the death for those little scraps, all while forgetting who it is that took us to this point.

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      • Yes says:

        I’m surprised someone else sees this. That’s exactly what will happen. As soon as he give out a little pocket change from money that belongs to the public anyway people will be quick to forget and hail this man like he’s a god or something. it’s crazy.

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    • Applause!! says:

      Someone in the crowd finally understands what all of this is about!!!!

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    • One Term says:

      We will see to it… THIS IS ONE TERM AS PREMIER. Cause though he MIGHT win his 1st District seat, it takes a team to get him in as Premier and for all of them who are quiet allowing him to have us like we begging, we will remember them all next election. And for mr honestly speaking… load of mouth on radio, but no clout as consultant. The people are 1000% FED UP

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      • Rubber Duck says:

        Open the borders. Who do you imagine is coming. ? The US remains effectively closed and if Biden wins it is going to stay like that for a while. No one is coming from Europe. There are next to no airlines left.

        What we need to be talking about is how we get the tourist industry through the next year with out most of it going broke, the boats heading out to Grenada and the USVI and the government kicking every skilled essential operative who isnt a belonger off the island.

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        • Get Informed says:

          Boss, there are full planes leaving the USA EVERY DAY. And they travelling everywhere. They posting about it on social media, US only concerned about whose coming in.

  2. vip heckler says:

    Foy doesnt listen to nobody not even to her husband who is a paid consultant

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  3. BVI says:

    we voted for a bullheaded dictator

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  4. load says:

    These people think they are important and hold sway with the government, they do not.
    All they have done during this pandemic is grow their membership by promising that they would engage government and makes changes. They did not.
    The Enviromental Health Office has guidelines in place for everywhere before they are allowed to operate without having to join and pay money, this is all the HI 5 scheme was.
    The lady ran Village Cay into the g****d and now wants to tell the business community how to run things, just like her husband.

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  5. Jokes says:

    Disappointing but not surprising.
    This administration has completely bungled the Covid crisis, this is just the latest and possible most damaging lack-of-action so far.
    Who ignores the experts in their midst?
    Increasingly, Fraud Consulting is being seen As a poison to the land and its people.
    Worst admin ever?

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  6. Wow says:

    “Fraud Consulting?! Wondering how true is that. It seems like that though. We/BVI gone.

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    • LOL says:

      Love it, finally somebody found the right word for it. “Fraud Consulting” is hitting the nail on the head. How to get as much money as possible out of Government Funds.

  7. Tourism says:

    The Foy is once again playing his games and lying. He has no plan and does not plan to open for tourism Dec 1. He made the announcement to placate everyone’s desire to reach some normalcy. It’s his plan to beat the people down and become the dictator of the Territory. The Territory is doomed.

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  8. Doh says:

    Not surprised at all. Business knows what is best to run and operate. Government think they know how to do it better than you.

    That’s socialism my friends. Think Venezuela and how well that’s turned out for them

    The Marines are coming. Carry on

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    • Not says:

      Your first sentence is Completely accurate, but you blew it by equating Arrogance and ineptness with socialism.
      Two very different things.

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  9. Local girl says:

    When a nation is wicked I will give them a wicked ruler. It’s biblical.
    You ALL get a Government that you deserve. One cannot plant peas and look to reap corn, but you idiots plant sweet potatoes and now reaping a field of bud grass .
    The joke’s on ALL of you.
    I don’t feel sorry for non of you.

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    • @Local Girl says:

      There you go, TRUTH. I will never VOTE IN THE BVI AGAIN UNLESS A WOMAN IS ON THE BALLOT FOR PREMIER. The ty***t and his sidekick is going to destroy all of us. Honestly, THE PASTOR IS THE ONE THAT IS TELLING FOY HOW TO RUN THE COUNTRY. FOY is not that smart to think for himself. FOY POPULARITY HAS SUNK TO A ALL TIME LOW. THE ONLY ONES THAT IS TELLING HIM THAT THIS IS NOT TRUE IS HIS CROON CROONS.

  10. Circus Brigade says:

    What amazes me is that the rest of the Cabinet seem to be seasoned wimps. None of them to say STOP IT PREMIER!

    Or are they all monkeys appearing in this circus??!! Jesus Christo

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  11. Wellsah says:

    Sombody have to organize a march with action on vip backside.

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  12. vg resident says:

    Total incompetence! Talks should have been done months ago. BVI will not really open for the rest of 2021

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  13. Tourism Man says:

    All of a sudden, everybody is an export on Covid 19. Trump was was an export on Covid 19 too. Anybody can say anything when you do not have to fix the problem and keep the country safe at the same time. If anyone think you can fix the problem, stop talking and do it.

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  14. Tourism Man says:

    All of a sudden, everybody is an export on Covid 19. Trump was was an export on Covid 19 too. Anybody can say anything when you do not have to fix the problem and keep the country safe at the same time. If anyone think you can fix the problem, stop talking and do

    it.

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    • Ask a contractor says:

      Dec 1st. Just too late. Every plan a contractor get to build a property has some kind of an adjustment as they start building. So for this government to drop a plan Dec 1st and think it will be perfect and won’t need adjustments is crazy… Unless they really want to open January 1st and playing smart with the people…

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  15. Dumb Chance says:

    Hi Five in COVID . Stupid move. Don’t touch. Avoid Contact

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    • I see where you coming from... says:

      …but it could also be brilliant. It’s the social distancing version of a hi 5. The same way you have social distancing version of a handshake or a public meeting. Quite easy to judge without all the facts but I give it the benefit of the doubt that it was something good.

    • Also, says:

      I quicker can make sense out of the hi 5 but was left wondering what is bvi love? The latter still makes no sense to me.

  16. Decline says:

    Chaunc and HW have no clue what they doing

  17. Nov 15th perfect... says:

    The world know something wrong with the BVI.. Opening December 1st aint making sense…These people in Govt dont take advice…They act like the know it all bunch…Let them be. Next election we let them know who is boss

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  18. Interesting says:

    fahie using coronavirus as an excuse to destroy the bvi no common sense who in their right mine with close a island down eight months how this premier expect ppl to survive COVID-19 ain’t going anywhere anytime soon. So I guess if it last this virus last for five to six years the bvi will close there border until it finish, VIP enjoy while it last cause y’all ain’t going in back to government

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  19. Ask a contractor says:

    Dec 1st. Just too late. Every plan a contractor get to build a property has some kind of an adjustment as they start building. So for this government to drop a plan Dec 1st and think it will be perfect and won’t need adjustments is crazy… Unless they really want to open January 1st and playing smart with the people…

  20. Common Sense says:

    Well I am confused. This lady here husband has a contract to direct government on such issues but she is here complaining the government. Whats really going on. Can you please ask your husband Claude for help. Help should be coming from your home but you here talking something else. What is he paid $16,000.00 monthly to do. We the people are demnading from the government to present clauds work for the money he is being paid. We deserve to see what is done for our tax dollars.

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  21. Hotelier says:

    Which hotels belong to this useless talk shop anyway?

  22. Staff says:

    And we are laid off more than 6 months now and are not getting anything from stimulus packages.

  23. BVI Girl says:

    F**hie is a di*****r and by far the lowest & worst kind of himan! He thinks he is so big & mighty! Big yes with his pants …Not an ounce of b***n! Even Tr**p is a better & smarter ruler! Regret the day I voted VIP!! Never again!

  24. High 5 says:

    Yeah they high , since when does government have to accept unsolicited protocols from any group? And pay for them ? CC need to tell people the kinda $$$ they wanted government to pay them, they weren’t offering this plan for free ! Stop acting like it was a voluntary effort !

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