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Monday, Apr 19, 2021

'I don't think we will have need for any more curfews’ – Hon Malone

'I don't think we will have need for any more curfews’ – Hon Malone

Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) has indicated that the VI might not have any more need for further curfews, when the current Curfew Order expires.

Hon Malone was speaking during the April 6, 2021, edition of VIP Let’s talk radio show on ZBVI 780 AM.

“I don't think we will have need for any more curfews, but we must keep pushing in terms of what it is going to be best to keep us safe, going to accentuate the positive,” he said.

The Virgin Islands' latest 3-hour curfew expires today, April 8, 2021, according to a Curfew Order gazetted on March 26, 2021.

Under the terms, the curfew ran from 2:01 am and 4:59 am daily where there was also a restriction on persons who operate a vessel to be permitted to operate the vessel within territorial waters between the hours of 5:01 am to 10:00 pm daily, and within navigational limits to define the northern and southern boundaries of the VI's Exclusive Zone.

Under the terms, the curfew ran from 2:01 am and 4:59 am daily where there was also a restriction on persons who operate a vessel to be permitted to operate the vessel within territorial waters between the hours of 5:01 am to 10:00 pm daily, and within navigational limits to define the northern and southern boundaries of the VI's Exclusive Zone.


New push to get industries going


Hon Malone said the Government will be looking at getting yachts back into VI waters with the proper protocols.

Hon Malone said the new push to get industries going will still include following COVID-19 suppression guidelines like wearing masks and social distancing to ‘follow the science’ of reducing the spread of the virus,

“We're going to accentuate the positive, we're going to make sure that we can get our hotels back in order,” he said.

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