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Many businesses not following COVID protocols, fresh concerns raised about noisy bikers

Many businesses not following COVID protocols, fresh concerns raised about noisy bikers

Health Minister Carvin Malone has raised concerns that ‘many’ local businesses are opting to disregard the government’s health policies that help prevent any potential spread of COVID-19 in the BVI.

Malone gave that indication in a late-night address on Monday, August 17, moments after announcing two new COVID-19 cases in the territory.

“Fellow citizens, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls; my plea is simple. Please continue to do your part to minimise the risk of COVID-19 infection by consistently complying with the physical distancing, personal hygiene, wearing of face masks and sanitisation guidelines that have been developed to help ensure our safety … Act responsible,” he said.

Bike nuisance


In the meantime, the Health Minister said the biking community also continues to be a sore point locally.

“Concerns are also expressed of the extreme loud noise and irresponsible usage of motor bikes throughout the territory,” he stated.

“This too must stop. License your bikes; wear your helmets; stop the loud noise, [and] observe traffic laws. Safe riding saves lives,” the minister added.

His statement comes roughly a month after government lifted the night-time ban on bikes in the territory.

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