Residents of the British Virgin Islands are being told that they could be arrested for leaving their homes during the six days of 24-hour lockdown to dispose of garbage or take their pets out for walks.
The lockdown — which runs from Friday, March 27 to Thursday, April 2 — is a measure implemented because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“We are doing all we can to stop the spread … This means no travelling to the nearest garbage roadside collection, no extended dog walks, it also means that the curfew extends to the beaches and any other activities in or on the water,” Governor Augustus Jaspert said during a live public broadcast recently.
The governor called on all residents to stay indoors and work from home, if they are able to, and only go out for work purposes if they are part of government’s list of persons who offer the essential services.
“As a Cabinet, we know that this will be difficult. These restrictions will create hardships for businesses and employees and all of us as individuals. But, they are necessary, and we do not take them lightly,” he said.
Governor Jaspert described the measure as a “short-term sacrifice” in an unprecedented situation that extends beyond the territory’s borders.
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