Press Release

Environmental Health
Release Date:
Wednesday, 2 December 2015 - 5:15pm

Food handlers and prospective vendors in Jost Van Dyke are urged to register with the Environmental Health Division for the upcoming Old Year’s Party in Great Harbour.

Acting Chief Environmental Health Officer, Mrs. Yolanda Penn said, “All individuals planning to operate a food stall or mobile food operation for the 2015 Old Year’s party in Great Harbour Jost Van Dyke must be registered and licensed with the Environmental Health Division.”

All booths must have a temporary hand wash station in place, with anti-bacterial liquid hand soap and paper towels on site.  In addition there should be equipment for holding food at safe temperatures including coolers for ice, chaffing pans and sternos to keep hot foods hot.  Hair restraints and disposable gloves should also be on site and all workers must have a valid food handler’s certificate.

Applications may be picked up at the Environmental Health Division office, located upstairs the Old Administrative Building on Main Street, Road Town Tortola. Completed applications must be returned to the Environmental Health Division at least one week prior to the event. 

Booths will be inspected on Thursday, December 31, from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Unlicensed and unregistered food operations will not be allowed to operate.

For further information, persons can contact the Environmental Health Division on telephone 468-5110.

The Environmental Health Division is committed to ensuring that all aspects of the environment, with the potential to negatively impact health, are managed efficiently to enable all persons in the BVI to attain and maintain optimal health and social well-being.


Natasha Lettsome-Humphrey

Public Health Communications Specialist
Ministry of Health/Social Development
Telephone: 468-2286