Press Release

Ministry of Health & Social Development
Cabinet Office
Release Date:
Thursday, 1 October 2020 - 9:53am

Residents of the British Virgin Islands are to abide by a new restricted 7 days curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. daily.

The Curfew Act 2017, Imposition of Curfew (No. 34) Order 2020 will take effect on October 1 to October 8 and will be subject to requirements in the Public Health (Covid-19 Control and Suppression  Measures) (No.8) Order, 2020.

Approved businesses are allowed to operate within the curfew including spas, salons, hairdressers and barbershops once they remain compliant with the social distancing protocols and are certified by the Environmental Health Division.

Business owners of cinemas, public pools, bars, night clubs and other entertainment services are reminded to remain closed until further notice.

Persons operating vessels within Territorial waters must do so between 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. except for ferry operators who may travel between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Persons are prohibited from operating a vessel within the maritime exclusion zones except where authorised by the Joint Task Force and restrictions remain from operating a vessel across the Territorial borders except where authorised by the Governor in consultation with the Minister for Health and Social Development.

Members of the public are urged to continue to report any suspicious activity by dialing 311 and to adhere to all safety measures such as hand hygiene, cough etiquette, wearing face masks in public, physical distancing and minimising social gatherings. Failure to comply may result in fines and penalties.

Persons who are experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19 are encouraged to contact the Medical Hotline at 852-7650 for an assessment and an appointment for COVID-19 testing. Common symptoms include fever, cough, headache, fatigue, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, muscle aches, or difficulty breathing.

Author

Adrianna J. Soverall

Ag. Public Health Communications Specialist
Ministry of Health and Social Development
Telephone: 468-3701 ext. 852 7742
Email:    asoverall@gov.vg