March 19

RECAP of the USVI Governor’s 3/19/20 Press Briefing:

Effective Saturday 6am *ALL* in-person events are limited to a maximum of 10 people, including bars and restaurants, who are prohibited from seating more than 10 at any one time. This will be strictly enforced.

Exempt are big box stores: Grocery stores (Plaza, Pueblo, etc), Home Depot, K-mart, etc

*Monday, March 23* SENIORS ONLY SHOPPING at all Plaza Extras! 7am -10am

Any business seeking an exemption to the 10 or fewer mandate needs to contact the Commissioner of Licensing & Consumer Affairs to request a waiver.

Funerals remain exempt, for now. However, the Government is asking anyone other than family to refrain from attending and for Memorial services to be postponed until a later date.

The Governor has ordered a 60-day extension on all license renewals including motor vehicle registrations, business licenses, and permits.

Camping is prohibited, particularly for Easter weekend

Monday, March 23 through Apr 6 (at this time) Government Services are restricted to essential services. Commissioners and will establish who is essential vs nonessential employees and will notify those required to come to work, work from home or stay home. Pay will not be suspended.

Passengers arriving into the Territory have dramatically slowed. There are 1500 visitors currently in the Territory. There no current requests by the administration to close the airports. The FAA makes the final decision to close the airports, not the local Government. There is no indication that airports will be closed which includes residents and students returning home to the USVI. [Puerto Rico HAS made this request, but the Governor doubts it will happen]

The Governor stressed that IF we follow these restrictions there will be need no need to impose a curfew.

He encouraged all residents to signup for text updates by texting COVID19USVI TO 888777

// 21 people in the USVI have been tested for COVID-19; 11 tests have come back: 3 positive; 8 negative //

Currently Testing is only being done for those who are exhibiting symptoms AND have traveled outside the Territory within the past 14 days.

To request a test call VI Dept of Health call 340-712-6299 or 340-776-1519. They will determine if you qualify for testing and provide instructions.

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