Despite falling victim to an armed robbery recently, Banco Popular is set to reopen its Virgin Gorda branch to allow persons to perform banking transactions for the next three days.
Premier Andrew Fahie said Banco’s Tortola branch and other banking facilities are also expected to offer services from Thursday, April 2 through to Saturday, April 4.
“I thank God because the banks continue to work with us for the good of the people,” the Premier said during a live broadcast on Wednesday night, April 1.
Limited to basic and essential services
These financial institutions are opening on those days in preparation for the upcoming 24-hour lockdown that will run for 14 consecutive days. But what other businesses are permitted to operate during that time?
Premier Andrew Fahie said Cabinet approved the operation of businesses that provide limited to basic and essential services.
He said: “Pharmacies, supermarkets, banks, gas stations, private medical facilities, fisherfolk, farmers, bakeries, office supply stores, money transfer services, hardware stores and minimarkets will be allowed to open and is encouraged to offer online shopping for curbside and home delivery.”
Residents are also mandated to carry their identification because they will be subject to getting checked by store operators and members of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force.
Persons shopping for ‘vulnerable categories’ such as senior citizens are also required to bring proof that they are conducting business on behalf of the elderly.
Persons shopping for vulnerable categories can only do so on the day allocated to the surname of the person for which they are conducting business.
“You are allowed only to go to get essential supplies. It does not mean you can go out for other reasons, make rounds to friends houses, go to the beach, or the park. You can not,” Governor Jaspert stated during the aforementioned live broadcast.
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