Visitors and residents who are looking forward to ringing in 2021 at Foxy’s “Old Year’s Night” party on Jost Van Dyke will be better off making alternative arrangements as the event will likely be cancelled because of COVID-19.
Premier Andrew Fahie suggested the cancellation of the annual event at a community meeting held on Jost Van Dyke on Thursday, October 16.
“Based on what we are seeing right now, it will be a higher percentage of unlikely because you know what we are facing with COVID-19. I know it isn’t a popular thing with some but at the same time, too half a loaf is better than no loaf at all. So if we want to keep the economy going or forfeit that for one night of fun then that wouldn’t be a good way to go,” Premier Fahie explained.
“Please don’t misunderstand me, it’s not that I’m against the celebration … but given the challenges of what we are facing, I see it as very highly unlikely at this time.”
While the Premier was answering the question, one resident pressed to get a more concrete decision on the staging of the world-famous event, saying having a decision puts Jost Van Dyke in a better position to plan.
The Premier responded: “Well let me help you, right now it’s no. So plan as [as if it’s a] no.”
Foxy’s Old Year’s Night celebration is a world-famous event that brings much revenue to Jost Van Dyke — the BVI’s sailing capital.
The event jumped onto the world stage for the millennium, joining the ranks of Times Square, Paris, Las Vegas and Rio de Janiero as one of the globe’s hottest New Year’s Eve destinations.
Ever since, Foxy’s funky first-night festivities have perennially topped the lists of best places to ring in the New Year. It is often listed as the Virgin Islands’ largest party of the year.
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