By Esther Durand, BVI News Staff
With the British Virgin Islands under a 24-hour lockdown for the next two weeks, how are residents coping overall?
For some, the lockdown is virtually easy and untroubling. Others, however, are worried about how a loss in revenue will affect their ability to survive.
“It’s a stressful situation. I don’t have anything to do than just stay home,” a construction worker, who preferred to speak anonymously, told BVI News.
He said the lockdown is concerning because he still has expenses that must be paid; adding that remaining indoors for weeks is not something he enjoys or is accustomed to.
Opportunity to relax
In the case of Claudius Etienne, a plumber, he too is unhappy to be stuck indoors but tries to use the opportunity to relax.
“I just watch television and eat. That’s all I could do,” he stated.
BVI News also spoke to a female officer employed at the BVI Port Authority.
“We are being paid our regular salary up till April 16, I guess. But we don’t know what’s going to happen after that if the lockdown is going to be extended. They haven’t spoken on what’s next,” she explained.
“As for my job, I am not allowed to work at home so, yes, it is a big concern for me,” she added.
The Ports Authority worker further noted the possibility of a reduction in working hours and pay. She told BVI News that she now uses this time away from work spend time with her husband and taking online classes related to work.
Our news centre also solicited comments from a chef from Baughers Bay, who also did not want to be named.
She said the lockdown has affected her ability to earn money, but she is enjoying her time at home.
“I like to do my arts, my sewing, and things around the house, and I love my television. So once I have internet, I cool. So it’s not a problem for me. The only thing is I need some form of income which I don’t have at the moment,” she stated.
Working from home
For others like community college lecturer Ronald Massicot, working from home is his new reality.
He said he utilizes several online platforms to continue teaching his students and otherwise occupies himself through reading and catching up on documentaries and movies that he always wanted to watch.
“I try not to watch too much news because it is generally depressing. Even the movies that I watch, I try not to watch depressing stuff and too serious. I spend long periods of time talking to my friends on social media. Besides, I have work to do so I am pretty much occupied as I am working from home,” he stated.
One local attorney, in the meantime, told BVI News that the revenue base of attorneys in private practice ‘would obviously’ be impacted by the lockdown.
“As it pertains to work, yes I am able to do some level of work at home as it relates to the preparation of documents and submissions. A lot of my work involves court attendance, and since this has been placed on hold, there is a lot that I am not able to do,” he stated.
The lockdown will continue till April 19.
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