Deputy Premier and Health Minister Carvin Malone has said the British Virgin Islands might soon be seeing a more relaxed curfew now that there are no active cases of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in the jurisdiction.
The minister said the subject of further relaxing the ongoing curfew is among the items to be discussed during a Cabinet meeting slated for today, Wednesday, May 27.
“There are other curfew provisions we are going to be looking at and determining what are the other areas that will be even more relaxed,” he said during an airing of the Honestly Speaking radio programme on Tuesday night.
His statement, in the meantime, follows Opposition Leader Marlon Penn’s criticism that the Andrew Fahie administration is “hinder[ing] local businesses from doing business and making profits” during a press statement.
While making that accusation in a May 26 press statement, Penn had called for the government to further relax the current curfew so businesses such as restaurants can operate late-night hours that run closer to midnight.
He said if restaurants were allowed to operate until 10 or 11 pm, they would be able to “implement a strict reservation policy in efforts to adhere to social distancing guidelines”.
The Opposition Leader said such a move only serves to create more employment for the territory. Penn’s reasoning comes on the backdrop that there have been no dramatic spikes of COVID-19 in the territory.