Bars, Clubs & Salons To Remain Closed As More Businesses Reopen
Following a Cabinet meeting on Friday evening, the Curfew (No. 30) Order will be amended to allow all businesses to operate from today, September 12 between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. daily.
However, this does not extend to salons, hairdressers, barbershops, restaurants for in-service dining, bars, night clubs and pubs. According to the Government, those businesses are to remain closed until further notice.
All other businesses allowed to operate will be subject to inspection by the Social Distancing Monitoring Task Force and certification by the Environmental Health Division.
Minister for Health and Social Development Hon. Carvin Malone has reported that the total active COVID-19 cases in the Territory have declined to 28 since his last update on September 10.
Hon. Malone explained that as of September 11, a total of 34 additional persons tested; which resulted in 32 negatives that included the seven recoveries and the two new positive results.
This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases recorded in the Territory to 66, the total active COVID-19 cases to 28, the total number of recoveries to 37 and the total number of death being one person.
“Although we are still on curfew, I want to again thank the public for their cooperation and assure them that the Government is doing all that it can to make the best decisions with everyone’s best health and interest in regard,” said Hon. Malone.
The Cabinet of the Virgin Islands will meet on September 15 to further review safety measures and protocols implemented to suppress the spread of COVID-19 in the Territory.
Members of the public are urged to continue to report any suspicious activity by dialling 311 and to adhere to all safety measures such as hand hygiene, cough etiquette, wearing face masks in public, physical distancing and minimising social gatherings.
Persons who are experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19 are reminded not to visit any healthcare facility but are encouraged to contact the Medical Hotline at 852-7650 for an assessment and an appointment for COVID-19 testing. Common symptoms include fever, cough, headache, fatigue, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, muscle aches, or difficulty breathing.