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‘Essential services’ list: Who is allowed to go to work during lockdown?

Health Minister Carvin Malone has announced a list of services that goverment considers to be essential to the territory while government rolls out several restrictions to contain the spread of coronavirus locally.

These services and their workers are permitted to venture out during the territory-wide curfew slated to commence at 8 pm on Friday until 6 am on April 2.

Malone said the list will be continuously reviewed to add or remove service providers as necessary. And while persons might fall in the essential service worker, the minister said it only applies when they are on duty.

Security and emergency personnel

Police officers, Customs and Immigration officers, emergency call handlers, private security officers and service providers, the public and private sector waste management services, fuel distribution and delivery services, public and private sector social care providers, the courts, senior magistrate and coroner, mortuary services, humanitarian support, freight courier and cargo distribution have all made the list of persons and services that are considered to be essential.

Malone said other essential services include “laundry services, media and broadcast providers, farming, agriculture, fishery and veterinarian services as provided. Transportation services — those providing transportation to essential and critical operations — supermarkets and restaurants providing services to and for essential services and critical operations, [as well as the] health and emergency operations centre.”

Remain home if not on duty

Meanwhile, Malone urged persons employed in the aforementioned sectors to remain home if they are not on duty for the safety of themselves and others.

“This period is short compared to some of the territories that have a month, two months. If when it is lifted we do not abide by it and we cause concern for the spread of this virus we would have to relook this,” he stated.

Government’s list of essential workers.

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  1. Appreciative Farmer says:

    I have my hogs to feed and my grounds to take care of – harvesting ground food soon – yams tania potatoes cassava ?

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  2. Me says:

    That’s a long list of people out on the road. Hope they don’t be the ones to get it and spread it and take home to their partners.

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  3. maytay says:

    What about the politicians are they on this list too ???????

  4. IRGIN ISLANDS IMPOSITION OF A CURFEW (NO. 2) ORDER, 2020 says:

    SCHEDULE

    (a) persons employed in the essential services as defined in section 3 of the Labour Code, 2010, if they are on duty;
    (b) officers of private security service providers as defined in section 2 of the Private Security Industry Act, 2007, if they are on duty;
    (c) customs and immigration officers, if they are on duty;
    (d) public and private sector waste management services;
    (e) fuel distribution and delivery services;
    (f) public and private sector social care providers;
    (g) Courts (Senior Magistrate and Coroner);
    (h) mortuary services;
    (i) humanitarian support;
    (j) emergency call handlers;
    (k) freight, courier and cargo distribution;
    (l) Apostille and related statutory services;
    (m) laundry services;
    (n) media and broadcast providers;
    (o) farming, agriculture, fisheries and veterinary service;
    (p) transportation services (providing transportation for essential and critical operations);
    (q) supermarkets and restaurants (providing services to and for essential and critical operations); and
    (r) health and emergency operations centre.

  5. Garbage disposal says:

    Are we allowed to take garbage to the bins that are about five minutes away once our garbage bags at home are full?

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  6. Disinterested says:

    This is a damn a…s long list of whom can be out and about. It look like a better and shorter list is a list of whom should not be out and about. Under the stay at home directive, the people that should be out and about is hospital staff, RVIPF customs and immigration(?), radio station and DDM(?). The stay at home directive was a planned event so residents should have procured food, water, medication, cash……etc for least at least 6 days. Truly non essential workers need to take their a..s home and stay home. The territory is at war with the Coronavirus and having to stay is a small contribution to the war effort.

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  7. 2020 says:

    This COVID19 is as a result of the whor€$ and murderers in the place. Death was to be on these people.

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    • Stupid says:

      How stupid can you get.

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    • @2020 says:

      Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

      John 3:16-17 God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him

      Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

      Hebrews 10:26 For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins

      1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness

      Proverbs 28:13 Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy

      Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear

      1 John 3:6-10 No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother

      2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come

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      • @@2020 says:

        The ? knows the Scriptures too.

        Amazing quotes.

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      • ? says:

        Hebrews 10:26 For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins

        1 John 3:6-10 No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother

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        • Extract of 1 John 3: 6-10 says:

          No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God.

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      • ONLY says:

        ONLY if you confess you will be forgiven. Many still hiding their sins deceiving some but not all. They behave as if they are truthfully walking with God. Wow!

        1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness

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    • Disgusting Filth says:

      COVID 19 should wipe them out.

  8. 007 says:

    So you really telling me that when the baby pamper piling up during those 6 days we really can’t go to the garbage to dump the pampers? This doesn’t seem reasonable at all. There should be some discretion used at this time during the curfew for stuff like that.

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    • Anonymous says:

      People dying all over the world because of this virus and all you could think about is baby pampers? Go n face the consequences! Put the baby pampers outside in a bag or something… we need to take this thing serious… keep safe everyone and pray pray pray?

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    • Natural Selection. says:

      You fail the test. You have no imagination and would die if left on your own.

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  9. hmm says:

    What about water, telecommunication, and electric utilities? Pretty essential I would think

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    • (a) above says:

      “essential services” means the Police Service, Prison Service, Water and Sewerage Services, Fire and Rescue Services, Electricity Generation and Distribution Services, Telecommunication Services, Health Care Providers, Transportation Services and Port Services;

  10. Stay safe says:

    Does “laundry services” mean I can go to the laundrette I don’t have a washing machine at home and East End don’t have water this morning either.

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  11. Really??? says:

    People dying all over the world because of this virus and all you could think about is baby pampers? Go n face the consequences! Put the baby pampers outside in a bag or something… we need to take this thing serious… keep safe everyone and pray pray pray?

    • 007 says:

      It’s always been about interaction with people especially those that are infected. You will not get the virus if you just go outside to throw garbage or take a walk.It’s about interaction with the infected or potentially infected. Keeping garbage in or around your house is another health risk so it negates the purpose of the curfew which is ironic. Trade one potential health issue for another. Leave it outside your home and rats, mice and flies will come. After they realize that this is a new “restaurant” they will keep returning and make it their home. Leaving it inside your home is not even an option as it only takes a few hours before the stench of rot becomes overbearing and detrimental to your health.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I do not understand this curfew, there are too many people who may be on the streets, we would be at risk of contracting the virus if we have to go to work, I think it is a danger because nobody knows who may be infected with this disease, I am concerned about this. situation since the majority of the residents here have family and young children, so our children will not be safe in our homes if so many people have the right to go to work that this worries me our children could be easily infected even if they are calm At home, I can only say that God help us and have mercy on all of us

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