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Saturday, Sep 19, 2020

Activity heightens at stores, gas stations and roadways as Cabinet mulls full-on lockdown

Pending a decision from Cabinet later today, activity from the public heightened on the streets of Tortola with a number of residents utilising essential services in anticipation of a possible 24-hour lockdown.

At around midday on Monday, BVI News visited a number of popular supermarkets where residents were seen in long queues awaiting entry. Over at Cash & Carry and RiteWay Food Market in Pasea, the parking lot was at maximum capacity with a steady flow of incoming traffic.

Residents were queued on the outskirts of the compound as security allowed persons into the supermarkets only when other shoppers had exited.

At OneMart Superstore, the rush of shoppers resulted in long queues of vehicular traffic that was seen coming on to the supermarket’s compound from all available directions.

It was no different for Bobby’s Marketplace, which also had shoppers queued outside awaiting service.

Residents were also spotted in longer-than-usual queues at several fuel service stations on the main island. Crowds had also flocked various ATM locations on Tortola. Banco Popular in Road Town seemingly saw the most activity.

Busy roadways


Roadways were noticeably much busier than usual with traffic congestion building up at a number of areas into the city. These activities stem from an announcement from Premier Andrew Fahie late Sunday night.

He said Cabinet will decide on whether to institute a 24-hour lockdown for a minimum of 14-days — a decision that is being heavily pushed by legislators.

This decision of whether to enter another full lockdown — as was the case a few months ago — is a result of the recent increase of COVID-19 cases in the territory.

The BVI currently has more than three dozen active COVID-19 cases.

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