Stating that the British Virgin Islands has sacrificed much to now have no active cases of COVID-19, Premier Andrew Fahie has warned returning residents to comply with the quarantine measures being implemented to prevent another shut-down of the economy.
Addressing the issue on the Honestly Speaking radio programme last evening, June 2, he said it is imperative that persons remain in their assigned quarters for 14 days, at which point they will be tested and retested for the virus.
If their test results return negative, they will be allowed to reunite with family and friends. But if they test positive for the virus, further measures such as enhanced isolation will be enforced.
“I want to be one of the first to welcome them back home, but they have to understand that once they have been quarantined, they must not interact with anyone. We are asking them not to go anywhere,” Premier said.
He continued: “I am asking all family members, please let us not retard the progress that we have made because we cannot afford to retard it. It is going to be too much money for us to shut back down our economy and to reboot the economy. It is cheaper to put the security around them to have to pay for our economy to be rebooted after having to be shut down as a result of any kind of spread.”
We have sacrificed a lot
Further driving his point home, Premier Fahie reminded persons that residents have already sacrificed and ‘laboured through many curfew orders’.
“We were angry at times, [but] we did all of that to keep us safe and right now thank God we have zero active confirmed cases of the coronavirus, and it is not by accident. We spent a lot of our hard-earned tax money to be proactive,” he pointed out.
The first commercial flight carrying returning nationals and residents is scheduled to arrive on June 4.
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