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Private vessels, ferries to operate under curfew for next two weeks!

While residents are permitted to move freely on land for 24-hours a day, privately-owned vessels must continue to operate under a 7 pm curfew for the next two weeks.

This was made clear in a curfew order that came into effect on Saturday, August 15.

Subsection 1 of that order states: “From the date this Order comes into force until Saturday 29th August 2020, private vessels shall be permitted to move within the territorial waters between the hours of 5:01 a.m to 7 pm daily.”

“Subject to Subsection 1, a private vessel shall move within the navigational limits East of 64.38300’W on the south side of Tortola and an area East of the dividing line between the western most tip of Jost Van Dyke and Western most tip of Tortola (This area will be further confined by navigational limits to the North, East and South),” it further said.

Pre-clearance needed to operate in exclusion zone

The curfew order further said private vessels shall not be permitted to move in waters that are classified as an exclusion zone.

For vessels wishing to travel within an exclusion zone and outside the navigational limits as prescribed above, captains or boat owners will have to obtain a pre-clearance approval from the Multi-Agency Operational command prior to transit.

Additionally, all vessels with Automatic Identification System technology are being urged to utilise this tech to allow for easy identification from law enforcement, especially when in exclusion zones.

Ferries to operate until midnight

The curfew order also outlined provisions for ferry operators within the territorial waters.

It said ferries shall be permitted to traverse throughout the territory between the hours of 5:01 am and midnight daily.

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  1. Hmmm says:

    The only reason this curfew makes sense is if the government is trying to curtail the rampant drug culture of the Territory. Otherwise this is totally stupid.

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  2. Photo says:

    That aerial photo of Nanny Cay is waaaay out of date. The new marina docks are empty except for the entire MarineMax fleet at the north end which is not in the photo.

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  3. What about... says:

    This is NOT totally stupid. What about the people that allegedly are traveling between the BVI & USVI?

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  4. Ha! says:

    You cannot curtail the 3rd pillar which is currently the only thing keeping the BVI afloat!

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  5. Crazy says:

    It’s nothing to do with drugs ,its about those idiots who smuggling those people from st Thomas to come here and give all of us covid19.

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  6. ?????? says:

    This should help control those speed boats moving freely between STT and Tortola. Tight border controls please.

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  7. Only says:

    Only reason anyone moving between USVI and BVI is drugs. USVI is locked down again. No tourists. Dem young Belongers need to maintain their drug traffic. Only reason anyone going back and forth

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  8. Thoughtful Sailor says:

    Actually, those boats were there till right before Isaias, so the photo is probably a month old.

  9. @Only says:

    …and the drug traffic is only there because of the demand for it in the US/EUR so it will never stop. Just like aby sport, the players change from time to time but the game remains the same!

  10. YOUTH says:

    We have to keep an eye on this Governor

  11. Clearly says:

    Never trust anything this guy from the UK says or does.

  12. What Exclusion Zone? says:

    What Exclusion Zone???
    Go-fasts must e completely exempt from the West End Exclusion Zone, right? Either that, or nobody cares. The guys roaring about in the go-fasts know THE POLICE ARE COMPLETELY INEFFECTIVE (or they could care less). Same with the guys on scooters – police are ineffective.

  13. BuzzBvi says:

    A shame but may be true.

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