Approved restaurants in the British Virgin Islands will once again be allowed to host residents at their establishments for dining.
This is one of government’s latest Cabinet decisions, which is part of the territory’s move to gradually reopen the economy internally.
“Cabinet decided that restaurants will be allowed to reopen for dining purposes in accordance with the social distancing guidelines, effective May 24, 2020,” Premier Andrew Fahie stated during a national broadcast on Thursday.
With Cabinet’s decision to also allow a maximum gathering of up to 50 persons, Premier Fahie warned establishments that their businesses will first have to seek the necessary certification to be allowed to hold up to that quantity.
He said: “They have to have a certain amount of social distancing because although we have opened up the number of persons from 20 … you just can’t do it automatically.”
“You have to get into contact with the Environmental Health Social Distancing Task Force and they will come and inspect the place, and based on your square footage, even if you can hold more than 50, that is what we are going up to now,” he added.
New beach hours
In the meantime, Cabinet also extended the hours allowed for residents to frequent the beaches in the territory.
Starting Sunday May 24, all beaches except for The Baths and Devil’s Bay on Virgin Gorda, will now be opened from 6 am to 3 pm daily for exercise and therapy.
Minister of Natural Resources Vincent Wheatley said The Baths and Devil’s Bay will reopen to the public ‘soon’ after the two beaches have completed several enhancements.
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