While granting approval for hotels and fitness facilities to now resume operations, Governor Augustus Jaspert has announced that effective immediately, the ongoing curfew will be relaxed by one hour.
“Beginning today, Cabinet has decided that the curfew will now be in effect from 7 pm to 5 am to allow residents more time to exercise and undertake activity in the cooler parts of the morning and to allow people to prepare their business activities earlier,” the Governor said in a statement late Sunday, May 31 evening.
He said he signed the amended curfew order following a special Cabinet meeting on Saturday, where the “current situation” and “health reports” of the territory were assessed.
Just days ago, Health Minister Carvin Malone declared the territory to have no active cases of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
Hotels, gyms open too
Though hotels and other accommodations, as well as gyms and ‘approved’ fitness facilities can now operate, they must first be inspected by the Social Distancing Task Force.
Governor Jasert said they must also become certified by the Environmental Health Division to ensure specific safe distancing and hygiene protocols are in place.
He made that announcement while publicly thanking employers within the hospitality industry who have kept their staff employed.
New beach hours
In the meantime, Governor Jaspert also announced new beach hours that will take effect immediately.
“Our beaches are now open until from 5 am to 5 pm. It is important to note that beaches are not open for large gatherings or events and safe social distancing protocols and mass gathering restrictions should still be adhered to,” he stated.
Boat ban remains
The ban on movement of vessels within the territory — except for those granted authorization for specific purposes — will remain in place until June 3, Governor Jaspert said.
He reminded vessel owners that while the restriction is difficult, it is necessary to ensure local authorities focus on securing the territory’s borders from anyone coming in illegally and being potential COVID-19 carriers.
Notably, the government will be reopening local borders on June 2 to facilitate the return of residents, belongers, and naturalized citizens. This will be done in what authorities describe as a controlled re-entry.