Beautiful Virgin Islands

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

USVI Governor seeks new State of Emergency extension

USVI Governor seeks new State of Emergency extension

Governor Albert A. Bryan Jr has made a request to the 34th Legislature seeking another 30-day extension to the current state of emergency declaration which expires on March 11, 2022.

According to the administration, the move is in response to President Joseph R. Biden's extension of the national state of emergency declaration beyond March 1, 2022.

“The governor has sent to the Legislature today a request for the extension for the state of emergency. The entire country remains under a national state of emergency that was recently extended by President Biden beyond March 1, 2022,” said Richard Motta, the administration's director of communications speaking during the weekly press briefing on Monday.

USVI Governor Albert A. Bryan Jr has made a request to the 34th Legislature seeking another 30-day extension to the current state of emergency declaration which expires on March 11, 2022.


State of Emergency benefits


He said being under a state of emergency allows the territory to keep in place its most effective tools used to protect the community against the spread of Covid-19.

“It allows us to keep in place and effectively enforce the existing nursing home and hospital visitation regulations," he said. "It also allows us to continue to access additional emergency medical personnel to assist our medical professionals here at home. It allows us to keep in place the [USVI Travel Portal] which has been effective in serving as an added layer of protection to guard against community spread."

As of Monday, Covid-19 cases territory-wide had fallen below 50, while the positivity rate dropped below 1 percent, according to the {US] VI Department of Health data.

Mr Motta said the state of emergency status also keeps in place V.I. National Guard personnel at the territory's Community Vaccination Centers, while allowing the funding of overtime costs for persons on the frontline.

The governor’s request to the 34th Legislature is for a 30-day extension. The last state of emergency was automatically renewed after senators failed to act.

Newsletter

Related Articles

Beautiful Virgin Islands
×