Premier Andrew Fahie has said plans are underway to host an emergency sitting of the House of Assembly to, among other things, strengthen laws pertaining to government’s ongoing quarantine and business curfew policies
The Premier said the sitting is vital to “back up whatever actions” that local police and health officials may take against persons found in violation of these policies in place for the coronavirus pandemic.
“We wish that we did not have to do this because this is for everyone’s own good. It is not forever, it is for a short time to make sure that we minimize the traffic and interaction so that we can minimize the possibility of the virus spreading,” the Premier said during a press conference on Tuesday.
“Once persons can adhere to this, then it would make life a lot easier,” he added.
In the meantime, Fahie urged residents to make any necessary personal preparations before the territory goes into a shutdown mode.
He explained: “As you can see, week by week, rather than shutting down the entire country one time, we are trying to make sure that we move step-by-step, stage-by-stage; giving everyone a chance to get what they need to get in place.”
“So, in case we have to close the territory down to make sure that we avoid the spreading of the disease, everyone would have known all the warnings that you could’ve possibly get. You would have gotten it, and you should be ready,.
The Premier further said the territory’s borders will fully close in the coming days; restricting any form of travel in and out of the British Virgin Islands.
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