Natural Resources Minister Vincent Wheatley has reminded the general public that failure to adhere to the instructions of the Beach Monitoring Task Force could result in the beaches being closed to the public once more.
Wheatley’s remarks were made on Monday, during a training session for members of the newly formed task force at the Central Admin Complex in Road Town, a government-commissioned release said.
“Our aim is to ensure that beachgoers can enjoy these precious assets in a safe way,” he stated.
“I want to remind the public to follow the instructions of the Beach Wardens. If the social distancing guidelines set out by the Health Emergency Operations Centre (HEOC) are not followed then beaches may be closed,” the minister further said.
All beaches except The Baths and Devil’s Bay on Virgin Gorda were opened for the first time on Sunday, since the importation of COVID-19 in the territory.
In the meantime, some 15 persons were trained on the new health and safety protocols that would take effect across the territory’s beaches, the release stated.
“The training session catered to public officers from the Ministry of Natural Resources, Labour & Immigration; the Ministry of Transportation, Works & Utilities; and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Agriculture and Fisheries,” it said.
Persons from the sister islands are expected to be next in line for training.
Chief Environmental Health Officer Lionel Michael, who conducted the training, stated that the emphasis was for the safety of the general public in light of the COVID-19.
“It is expected to build on similar efforts to ensure that physical distancing measures are observed by the visiting public at beaches to control the spread of COVID-19,” Michael added.
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