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As of November 16, 2017 curfew stays the same for next 14 days

- Julian Willock renews call to lift curfew
November 16th, 2017 | Tags: curfew security Julian Willock State of Emergency crime
Armed police officers have been deployed to enforce the curfew in the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO
Former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works and businessman Julian Willock has renewed his call for the curfew, now three months old, to be lifted. Photo: VINO/File
Former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works and businessman Julian Willock has renewed his call for the curfew, now three months old, to be lifted. Photo: VINO/File
To date, neither the Governor, Augustus J. U. Jaspert left, nor the Premier, Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL), left, can explain to residents of the Virgin Islands the objectives of the curfew. Photo: VINO/File
To date, neither the Governor, Augustus J. U. Jaspert left, nor the Premier, Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL), left, can explain to residents of the Virgin Islands the objectives of the curfew. Photo: VINO/File
Police officers stop a vehicle on the streets of Tortola, Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO
Police officers stop a vehicle on the streets of Tortola, Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The National Democratic Party Government through its Cabinet agreed on Wednesday November 15, 2017 to keep the three-month old curfew in place for another 14 days.

The curfew, which restricts residents’ rights and freedom, was first put in place on September 10, 2017 after killer storm Irma destroyed the Virgin Islands (VI), leaving death, homelessness and widespread looting.

As of today November 16, 2017 the curfew hours remain from 11:00 PM to 6:00 AM and only those essential workers with passes obtained from the local police can be out after those hours.

Does Curfew make sense still?

It is still unclear months later what the curfew is achieving as looting has been substantially reduced, notwithstanding there are still pockets of small scale thieving; however, there are also greater police presence on the streets of Tortola and Virgin Gorda.

While the Cabinet debate yesterday November 15, 2017 was healthy, according to one Member, a majority of Ministers reported that the business community and residents had requested that the curfew remain in place as the "place is still very dark at nights."

The neighbouring United States Virgin Islands (USVI), with a population of 102, 951 (2016 census), has long lifted its curfew. It also has more crime than the VI and on St Croix less than half the islands’ population has electricity.

In the VI, on Anageda there is some 85% electricity restored and on Tortola some 45% and on Virgin Gorda about 60% is restored.

Lift the curfew- Julian Willock

Meanwhile, former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works and Businessman Julian Willock has renewed his call for the curfew, now three months old, to be lifted.

Mr Willock said: "I have heard from the business owners that they want it to remain; however, one also has to balance the rights and freedoms of citizens." 

The young Virgin Islander told our newsroom: "before Hurricane Irma there was crime, during the curfew there will still be crime and once lifted there will also be crime...so it is clear a curfew is not necessarily an effective crime prevention tool and that is what we should be working on, how do we with all hands on deck reduce crime..."

He related that while he is aware a curfew law was recently put in place to impose a curfew outside of a state of emergency, Mr Willock said it is his opinion that curfews should be used only during a national state of emergency or something to that magnitude and to date neither the Governor nor the Premier can explain to the residents the objectives of the curfew and the national emergency we are facing that justifies a continuation of the curfew, according to Willock.

Mr Willock said when you look at all the other countries in the region that have been battered by Hurricanes Irma, Maria and Jose, for example the USVI, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, St. Martin and Puerto Rico, they do not currently have in place a curfew so what makes the VI special or different, the political aspirant asked.

Mr Willock also said it is discriminatory against businesses that operate after hours.

Neither the Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) nor Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert could be reached for comments.

25 Responses to “As of November 16, 2017 curfew stays the same for next 14 days”

  • pat (16/11/2017, 17:19) Like (11) Dislike (15) Reply
    This is one time I agree with the esteem
  • parent (16/11/2017, 17:37) Like (33) Dislike (1) Reply


    Still dark at nights willow

  • Basemanfromhere (16/11/2017, 19:19) Like (23) Dislike (11) Reply
    Sometimes I wonder..there are some places that have not changed much after Irma and some people cannot afford generators. Have so many people in the area some you dont know it sccares me. I support the curfew . When u are off feild ever pitch looks like a knock out the park until you are the next batter. The thing is what is best for the country? Too many people seem to have the answer. Gaining political mileage is quite popular these days
  • Stupes (16/11/2017, 19:31) Like (47) Dislike (2) Reply
    What is there to do after 11 besides drink. Is that really a priority right now. Drink from 7 to 11
  • Crime will always be around yes but (16/11/2017, 19:33) Like (36) Dislike (6) Reply
    but the curfew can stay as it is until about the last week of Nov or when the entire BVI is 100% lit up.Many are more concentrating on the business aspect of just making money but money ain't all and at this moment in time prevention is better than death ,etc and you can't cure death and you can't make money when you done dead. the time ain't too bad as when it is 6 to 6.
  • Vg gyal (16/11/2017, 20:12) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yesssss! My only comment is that they should extend it to 12 midnight! Don’t lift it. The place is still very darl
  • wize up (16/11/2017, 20:38) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    to the best of knowledge; 2017 was very eventful for me: witness one of the most devastating hurricane seasons in the territory: the death of several pioneers and the most freaky shit I had to be home at a certain time( talking about this curfew).....where were you in 2017 will a historical question a few years down the road....
  • voter (16/11/2017, 20:42) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    I support the CURFEW but agree with.Mr Willock they must explain it to we the peoples
  • Curfew (16/11/2017, 21:19) Like (32) Dislike (6) Reply
    Many people are still living with piece of board at their doors and windows. Many landlords have not even offered a replacement door and many do not have the money to walk in CTL to buy a new one and have it installed. Many roofs are with tarps and intruders can lower themselves in. The esteemed might have been able to fix his if he had any damage but remember there are many vulnerable homes out there. Parts are being taken from vehicles where the hood can now be easily popped because no key needed to unlock the plastic windows. Let's not think of ourselves in this decision. Lift it now and monitor the first 7 days headline news. There will be all sorts of crimes going on. Safety is first guys
    • @ curfew (17/11/2017, 11:03) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      well tell that to Mr. ZZZZZZZ remember he told the world we are back on our feet and open for business.
  • Not2Sure (17/11/2017, 00:01) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    At least extend until 12 but mr esteem punching mehson time for the change lol
  • ... (17/11/2017, 06:56) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Not sure the purpose of these cops with them big guns
  • See (17/11/2017, 07:52) Like (15) Dislike (6) Reply
    keep the curfew . Most of the island still dark
    Whats open after 11 anyway ? Bars ? SMH
  • oh boy (17/11/2017, 10:33) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I hope when you see the criminals ( your friends and family) with their big guns you ask the same question.
  • foxy (17/11/2017, 13:48) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hope this is truly the last round of this unbearable law
  • hey (17/11/2017, 15:57) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hey i'm actually loving the curfew...well rested thank you lol
  • daddy (17/11/2017, 19:43) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The curfew is still necessary... maybe fathers can stay home and read stories to their children and families can get to know each other again. You can barely navigate the roads high day and you espect to be able to navigate the roads at night? Take away the curfew for what... the strip club??
  • WHY? (17/11/2017, 22:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why 6.00am? It’s keeping businesses from opening early and de larks up and cooking or wanting a walk cooped inside! Dawn breaks around 5.30am, ending curfew at 5.00am provides for getting business running at 6,00am. Early to rise early to bec
  • Exodus (18/11/2017, 13:57) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Why BVi government so cruel to its citizens...sad


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