Even as the COVID-19 pandemic has killed thousands worldwide, disrupted lives and virtually brought the Virgin Islands economy to a standstill, pastor and commentator, Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline says a benefit of the virus is it is forcing people to end infidelity and 'bad relationships'.
"One of the good things about COVID-19 and being under lockdown is that it has sidelined all the side chicks and all the side kicks, the side kicks referring to the guys... which is what needs to happen anyway."
People forced apart
The pastor was speaking on the Monday, April 6, 2020, edition of his 'Honestly Speaking' radio show on ZBVI 780 AM.
"Now, whereas you weren't doing right on your own, you're just having to do right now, and this is a good time to really practice some social distancing," Skelton-Cline detailed.
On the topic of infidelity, he said the 24/7 curfew associated with the virus has now forced people to spend time apart, "there's people you need to get away from, habits you needed to have broken and relationships that needed to be cut off."
The man of the cloth then moved to encourage those affected to keep spending time at home and with the family.
More family time
'We are having to learn how to live with each other all over again... husbands and wives," Skelton-Cline said in referencing the busy work lifestyle of modern couples.
He encouraged families to engage in activities with children such as board games and other home recreational activities.
'I hope these last 6 days and these next 14 days will be the catalyst for you breaking off some of these relationships," he said in relation to infidelity, while promising to go deeper into the relationship dynamics of couples in the coming weeks.
The Virgin Islands is currently under a 24/7 lockdown until April 16, 2020, as a protective measure against the COVID-19 pandemic.