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Home delivery system in place! ‘District restrictions’ coming after lockdown lifts

Commencing today, April 15, residents of the British Virgin Islands can have essential food items delivered to their homes from approved food suppliers.

This accommodation is being done ahead of next week’s relaxed curfew, which will see the reopening of select business and a district-by-district regimen on when residents will be allowed out.    

In a live broadcast Wednesday morning, the governor said: “Cabinet has agreed to amend the current curfew order from today to allow approved home delivery services. This will be for essential food supplies only, from approved home delivery providers and supermarkets, between 9 am and 3 pm.” 

He said government is also permitting home deliveries for LPG cooking gas. Cooking gas deliveries are permitted between 6 am and 12 noon. 

“This will ensure those currently facing shortages of food and cooking fuel can be catered for quickly. More details will be set out on social media,” Governor Jaspert added.

Phased reopening 

In the meantime, the Governor announced in his statement that there would be a phased reopening of ‘essential’ shops and businesses starting from Sunday, April 19. On that day, essential workers and seniors who are 70 years old and above will be allowed access to critical and essential businesses.

He explained that the government has agreed to commence the first phase reopening the territory internally by allowing members of the public to gain access to a ‘limited’ number of businesses.

“A full list of these businesses will be published separately, but includes food stores and bakeries, pharmacies, restaurants — for takeout and delivery only — fuel stations, hardware stores, laundries and banking and insurance companies,” Jaspert stated.

Clearing goods at cargo facilities

The Governor also mentioned that on Saturday, April 18, persons will be allowed to clear goods from Port Purcell on Tortola and at St Thomas Bay on Virgin Gorda.

Furthermore, an approved list of critical businesses will be allowed to undertake in-store sanitization, put in place social distancing markers, prepare security and undertake environmental health assessments prior to re-opening.

During these times, everyone else must remain home, Jaspert emphasized.

He further said Cabinet would review the phased approach every week and, based on advice from the medical team “may add further businesses or activities to the list”. 

District shopping 

From Monday, April 20 to Thursday 23, residents will be allowed to leave home to access supplies between 6 am and 7 pm.

However it will be done on a district level.

“We want to avoid crowds at the stores in the Road Town central district as people re-stock. To reduce crowds, access to the Road Town business district will be managed on a rotation system from Monday, April 20 to Thursday, April 23.”

He stated that residents of districts Four, Five and Six will be allowed to shop on Monday. Residents of districts One, Two and Three will be allowed out on Tuesday, while Wednesday has been allocated to districts Seven and Eight. Residents of District Nine will be allowed to shop in Road Town on Thursday

Notably, Anegada residents may travel to the Road Town businesses district to access services on any day from 20th to the 23rd of April.

Internal district shopping allowed daily

Importantly, shopping within individual districts is allowed from April 20 and on any day onwards. However, venturing into Road Town during those days will only be permitted on the days assigned per district.

From Friday, April 23 onwards, shopping within the Road Town business district is also allowed at any time, the governor said.

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  1. Tired of BVI says:

    As soon as Terrance B Lettsome open up, I will be on the first Jet off this land. I will not allow this pasteurized British man to rule me as if I am prisoner. Y’all can have it!!

    With the most respect, may his Excellency please kick rocks with this silly “curfew” and your Elmer glue police commissioner who only concerned about parading around making a show of RVIPF.

    Selling my Belongers card for a reasonable amount to those who desire status.
    Check me.

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    • Please Leave and Don't Come back says:

      This was done for the safety of everyone and other places that don’t have these measures have their cases raising daily.

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      • SMDH says:

        @ Tired of the BVI

        There might actually be charters that can take you out now. Don’t waste another minute. Get yourself going.

        Good bye and good riddance.

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    • voiceofreason says:

      @Tired of the BVI

      If you are that tired of this the airport is open for outgoing flights right now if you are willing to pay for a charter.

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    • Concerned citizen says:

      Your obnoxious behavior and tone is exactly whats wrong with the world. Hurry and leave and kick rocks elsewhere…..Stupidity and ignorance,.. Right now silly rabbit as bad as it may seem….BVI is one of the safest country

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      • S Airways says:

        Thanks guys for your well wishes.
        I did find a flight off this hole. $182 to STT. I’ll use my simulation from the US. Might as well!

        Good luck on y’all ever getting anything from that stingy old lady overseas.

        Lmaoo!!

        Never forget sickness begins in the mind first as we all clearly see here in the comments.

        Good luck with your dictatorship!!!

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    • @tired says:

      Go to the US where you were probably born anyway fake bvislander. Become a statistic. Of one of over 4000 to have died in a day. Idiot.

  2. Really says:

    how will the know what district I live in?

  3. Ok lol...... says:

    Question have the list of stores to get stuff from come out as yet. I will need things buy morning to hold me until I can go myself to the store.

  4. skippy says:

    interested to know where you going to go?

  5. Ausar says:

    Four days is insufficient for this type of operation!

    Imagine, thousands having FOUR days to rotate in and around districts, up to and including,Road Town!

    Five days, would have given more time with less crowds interacting, thereby reducing chances of insocial distancing.

    I mean, if we have all the time to get it right, what’s with the time crunch?

    Whose deadline are we trying to meet?

    A comprehensive approach to spacing for thousands are direly needed, like as of yesterday!

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  6. Hmmm says:

    Sunday is shopping for essential workers but how can ppl access money and banks close. 1, National has no ATM, 2. Banco machines off. 3 Essential Employers can’t pay till the banks open!!!!!!!

  7. jaw says:

    district one has one small Superette …..hope they are ready for a lot of business

  8. Belmont says:

    Hope it works a lot better than the curbside garbage pickup. Garbage out for a over a week never picked up. Never saw a truck.

    • Garbage says:

      I back you on that onecurbside garbage is a waste these dude only pick up whats on the main road i home watch them pass hoping they come up by me and nope pass 3 times and never come up the hill

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