Press Release

Premier's Office
Release Date:
Sunday, 26 April 2020 - 9:44pm

Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie is encouraging residents of the Virgin Islands to uphold safety guidelines and protocols in preparation for the first phase of the Territory’s reopening on Monday, April 27.

The Premier while addressing the Territory on Sunday night said that there is still no cure for COVID-19 and that the virus cannot be seen by the naked eye so residents must remain vigilant and continue to exercise precautionary and safety measures when coming back into the community.

“We must adopt the ‘New Regular’. As we prepare to go out tomorrow and the days ahead, let us not take chances”, the Premier said.

Residents are reminded to wear a face mask that properly covers the nose and mouth area when leaving their homes. They are also advised to wear masks if there is more than one person in a vehicle, and when exiting the vehicle.

Other protocols include social distancing of 6 feet apart. In the case of public transportation such as ferries, taxis and buses, passenger seating must be staggered to facilitate social distancing.

Additionally, residents are reminded to use the hand-washing and sanitising stations that are provided. Wash hands for 20 seconds and sanitise frequently. Social gatherings must not exceed 20 persons.

Businesses are required to have the necessary markings on the ground to guide customers.

Premier said, “I must urge you to adhere to all the guidelines and regulations because deviating from them can undo all the progress we have made.”

The Virgin Islands will be under a new curfew Order from Monday, April 27 for the next 14 days from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. daily.


Sheriece T. Smith

Information Officer II 
Dept. of Information & Public Relations 
Telephone: 468- 2740