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BVI to enter ‘soft curfew’ next week | Borders will reopen to residents in a month

BVI to enter ‘soft curfew’ next week | Borders will reopen to residents in a month

It appears that life in the British Virgin Islands will return to some degree of normalcy when the territory-wide 24-hour curfew comes to an end in the next few days.

Health Minister Carvin Malone gave that indication during an interview with Carib Update media on Monday, April 13.

The minister said there would be a “12 or 13-hour soft curfew” beginning from 6 am on Tuesday, April 21, after the current 24-hour curfew is lifted.

“During the day, we will try to reintroduce critical businesses, and then after the first seven days, try to introduce more of the businesses,” Malone explained.


Border to remain closed

The Health Minister said that despite the soon-to-be-implemented soft curfew, the territory’s borders will remain closed for 30 days after the current 24-hour lockdown is lifted.

“After the 30-day period … we will then be able to reintroduce our citizens and our Belongers and other persons into the territory, but this will have to be done in a phased approach,” Malone explained.

He said the phased approach is to facilitate returning residents being ‘properly quarantined’.

“[This is] so that we don’t retard the progress that we made over the few weeks,” the minister explained.

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