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Residents of the Virgin Islands are now encouraged to wear masks in addition to implementing other measures such as social distancing and hand washing.
Premier Fahie dubbed the protective measures imposed as the ‘New Regular’ and explained that life in the Virgin Islands will not be the same until there is a cure or a vaccine for COVID-19.
Premier Fahie said, “As we go out, we must practice the new regular such as putting on a mask, standing six feet a part because we may take this virus home to our love ones.”
Premier Fahie advised that if more than two persons are in the same vehicle that their masks must be on and worn when in the public. He added that the Cabinet approved social gatherings of 20 persons and wearing of masks at these gatherings are advised. He also encouraged persons to continue practicing social distancing.
The Premier whose responsibility is Trade and Economic Developments said that business owners are also urged to assume the responsibility for their employees and customers when implementing the sanitation and social distancing guidelines.
He said businesses will be obligated to assist their employees and customers in staying safe and should provide handwashing stations, hand sanitiser at the entrance and ensure that cash handled is sanitised.
Premier Fahie said business owners must also ensure that there are clear and visible physical markers of 6 feet inside and outside of their facilities as mandated under the ‘new regular’. He further added that that persons who do not wish to follow the new measures must stay home.
The Government of the Virgin Islands remain committed to the safety of the residents of the Virgin Islands through the implementation of precautionary measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Photo Caption: Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (centre), His Excellency the Governor, Augustus J. U. Jaspert (left) and Minister for Health and Social Development, Honourable Carvin Malone (right) wearing face masks.