A territorial curfew has been implemented for all residents, except for essential workers.
Premier Andrew Fahie announced the curfew during a live broadcast on Wednesday evening, March 25, after it was decided by Cabinet.
The curfew takes effect at 8 pm on Wednesday and will run until 6 am the following day. The curfew will then resume on Thursday, March 26 and will again run from 8 pm to 6 am.
24-hour curfew for six days
Starting Friday, March 27, residents will be barred from leaving their homes for six consecutive days.
The Premier said: “On Friday, we are looking at the [24-hour] curfew to start from 8 pm but this time, the curfew will remain in effect for six days and go up until April 2, 2020, in the first instance; with the exception of essential workers.”
“This is a measure we are taking so that we can make sure that we contain the spreading of the [corona]virus so we can make sure we can keep the numbers limited to where they are. So, this is very important,” he added.
“I ask you to adhere to this curfew because the police will be out — all the law enforcement agencies — enforcing this,” Fahie further said.
The British Virgin Islands saw its first two confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday.
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