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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

‘I said the Premier is crazy, not in a bad way’- Julio S. Henry

Social Commentator Julio S. Henry aka ‘Sam’ has moved to clarify and bring context to recent comments he made on the reduction of the COVID-19 accessory cost for tourists visiting the Virgin Islands.

Speaking on the November 17, 2020, edition of JTV's The Big Story with Cathy O. Richards, Henry said the comments made on the Umoja show calling Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) ‘crazy’ was not in bad taste, rather, to express surprise on the Government's bending to the cries to the people.

No bad intentions

“I said on another talk show… the Premier is crazy, not in a bad way, crazy in the sense that you know, he really responded to the cries of the people.

Henry continued, “but you know there's still people crying, there's still people saying that $175 for the amount of service you gonna get… testing, contact tracing app, wristband, so they can follow you, you know people are still saying that's a lot of money,” he said.

Mr Henry initially made the comments during the Monday, November 16, 2020, edition of the Umoja show, alongside host Cromwell Smith aka 'Edju En Ka'.

“I still think the Premier is a little crazy for even going so low,’ he told host Ms Richards on the Big Story, revealing that many persons including boat captains still think the $175 cost is too high.

COVID-19 era & special requirements

He underscored that tourists travelling to other destinations in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic should be prepared and know that part of the travelling requirements is to have funds.

“Now is a special time, this is a different time. This ain't where normally we could just jump on a plane, take your chance with just enough money for your hotel, your food, a little lounging and then you come back.”

“No!, you have to plan ahead of time for all these unexpected situations and the $175 is just part of that,” Mr Henry said.


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