With the annual Anegada Lobster Festival happening this weekend, the government has acknowledged the looming threat of a COVID-19 outbreak but said it is not prepared to halt the economic progress of the territory and prevent the festival from going ahead.
The Premier Andrew Fahie said the government has done everything in its power to control the spread of the coronavirus and advocate for the vaccination of residents.
However, he said the government cannot, in good sense, make the fear of a small outbreak stagnate the progress the BVI has made over the past year and a half.
He noted COVID-19 will not continue to hold the economy of the Virgin Islands hostage and affect business within the territory.
“Let us be safe and vigilant during Lobster Fest and let us maintain the good habits we developed while we go into the holiday season,” the Premier stated.
Meanwhile, Anegada Representative, Vincent Wheatley urged people to follow the protocols in place as everyone seeks to enjoy the festival.
“I want to appeal to all the boat operators, the plane operators and all the businesses going this weekend to follow our health protocols. Anegada is a very large island. Avoid large gatherings and spread out among the island and circulate. The Premier said we have no intention of shutting down again so please observe all protocols,” Wheatley said.
The Premier noted he has had numerous questions about the concern of COVID-19 infection rates increasing in the aftermath of one of the largest events in the territory. This comes after the Ministry of Health and Social Development confirmed on Monday that positive cases of COVID-19 were recorded from people who attended mass gatherings earlier in the month.
The Fish Fete which was held on November 13 at the Road Town Festival Grounds and the Phi Theta Kappa Honour Society Induction Ceremony held on November 15 at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College were the two events.
Earlier this month, the chairman of the Anegada Lobster Festival Carnel Clyne had revealed preparations for the event were coming along well and the main reason the event could go ahead was the conversation he had with industry partners.
He said they made a commitment to be responsible and observe COVID-19 protocols.
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