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‘Follow the law’: Skelton-Cline urges nightlife businesses & patrons

- said with greater freedom comes greater responsibility
Commentator Claude O. Skelton-Cline has appealed to nightlife business operators and patrons to be responsible and follow the COVID-19 suppression protocols in place to avoid another spike in COVID-19 cases. Photo: Internet Source
Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline explained that even though there are no reported active COVID-19 cases in the Virgin Islands, it does not necessarily mean the territory is COVID-19 free. Photo: Facebook
Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline explained that even though there are no reported active COVID-19 cases in the Virgin Islands, it does not necessarily mean the territory is COVID-19 free. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Now that the curfew has been lifted to midnight to 5:00am following no reported active COVID-19 cases and bars and night clubs are now allowed to operate once more, commentator Claude O. Skelton-Cline has appealed to nightlife business operators and patrons to be responsible and follow the COVID-19 suppression protocols in place.

The Virgin Islands had witnessed a spike in COVID-19 cases in the latter part of August and a few of the cases were traced to nightclubs and bars, causing them to be shut down.

In a COVID-19 update on October 7, 2020, Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) said bars and nightclubs approved to open their doors would have to close their businesses between 12:00 pm and 05:00 am in accordance with a new 14-day curfew, effective October 8, 2020.

Pressure ‘eased’

Speaking on his show, Honestly Speaking, on ZBVI 780AM on October 8, 2020, Mr Skelton-Cline remarked that the night life in the Virgin Islands is back on stream and that he was grateful that the Government had “eased the pressure off the people, because the pressure needs to be eased even as we seek the delicate balance between life and livelihood.”

He noted; however, that with greater freedom comes greater responsibility.

“I take note and I am an advocate for nightlife, although my personal nightlife is at the house, I am home, I am getting old now so I am no young chicken and then I am a married man so all of that stuff coupled together, but I am at peace with that but the rest of yall, who go out, you got to conduct yourselves accordingly.”

No tickets needed!

Noting that there is a Task Force that has been empowered to issue tickets to businesses and patrons in violation of COVID-19 suppression protocols, the commentator said no one needs a ticket in a time like this when money is already hard to come by.

“And a way to avoid getting a ticket is to follow the law. And so you nightlife people in the bars, in the place, bar owners, practice the social distancing, those of you in the strip club practice the social distancing.

And those of you who are gangsters in the 3rd and 4th centric circle, now during this time you got to continue to stand down. We ain’t ready for no drama, no strama.”

Mr Skelton-Cline explained that even though there are no reported active COVID-19 cases in the VI, it does not necessarily mean the territory is COVID-19 free.

He; however, applauded the work of the Andrew A. Fahie-led administration for effectively tackling the COVID-19 spike.

“But now we must maintain that status and we can only maintain that status based on how we behave.” How we conduct ourselves, we cannot afford neither life nor livelihood to have those kind of spikes in our country again.”

14 Responses to “‘Follow the law’: Skelton-Cline urges nightlife businesses & patrons”

  • Not Right (11/10/2020, 09:41) Like (7) Dislike (18) Reply
    They are discriminating against the bars and night clubs
    • @night right. Stop it... (11/10/2020, 11:23) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
      Encourage them to do the right thing..Nothing about this is descriminary, .We need them to be open and stay open... Please, encourage them to use the opportunity wisely....
    • Not Right (11/10/2020, 12:01) Like (27) Dislike (1) Reply
      I don’t care about the Discrimination, I worry about not having another out break in the BVI.
      • @Not Right (11/10/2020, 12:41) Like (9) Dislike (9) Reply
        It ever had an outbreak ? All I’m seeing is people with the flu
  • thank you. (11/10/2020, 11:13) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    Follow the famzn law. The government bent over backwards to assist you all go as far as giving you all midnight curfew. It should have been 10pm in the first instance see how that goes.. Like I said before we need a three strike rule. You break the rules 3 times you are out the game permanently.......Yep. . Stop playing take your business serious..

    • True (11/10/2020, 15:44) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      that is already in place
      1st fine $1000 instant closure and retrain before reopen
      2nd fine $2000 instant closure all satff and management to retrain before reopening
      3rd time closure, trade license suspened go to court to see if and when you can open again
  • A TENENT (11/10/2020, 12:00) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    FROM SINCE LAST I CANT SLEEP BECAUSE THE. TENANT IN #11 IN GLORIA'S APPARTMENT KEEPING NOISE. IM CALLING ON THE POLICE TO COME LET THEM LOW DOWN THE NOICE. WE NEED TO REST FOR TOMORROW.
    • @ATENANT, Ur Landlord.. (11/10/2020, 12:49) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      Call Gloria. If she wants them to stop they will stop, believe me, .
      Some tenants like to play the victim card when they are the problem....
      • Tenant (11/10/2020, 18:05) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        I DON'T COMPLAIN BUT THE NOISE START LAST NIGHT AND BEGIN AGAIN THIS MORNING. IF YOU ARE ON THE MAIN ROAD YOU COULD HAVE HEAR IT THATS HOW LOUD IT WAS ANYWAY POLICE DID COME BY AND THE NOISE DID STOP.
  • Beacon light servant of Christ. (11/10/2020, 13:24) Like (4) Dislike (35) Reply
    We are all knowledgible of the kind of services that are provided by nightlife business operators. Some are needed, but other are detrimental and immoral in nature. You, Claude S. Cline, why sees it fit to laberate on nightlife business activities rather the earging nighttime prayers, that will help to curb crime, and enhance good family values among us? Think wisely, act carefully, and speak intelligently.
  • Manabouttown (11/10/2020, 13:43) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
    Claude please go and sit down. I am no longer with the policial party for they failed to display good governance.
    Which law are you referring too? I hope is not the curfew order for I intend to challenge the legality of such.
    Now you and your government needs to obey and respect the rules of law. I will say no more on this but encourage our beloved democratic society to read the laws for yourself and obey them.
  • Information (12/10/2020, 01:23) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    The Bars & Night Club And Every Other Business Was Doing Just Fine Until OUR BORDERS WAS DISRESPECTED BY LOCAL BOAT OWNERS BY TRANSPORTING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WITH THE VIRUS AND GOVERNMENT PLAYING BLIND EYES AND BLAMING BARS AND CLUBS WE DIDNT CAUSE THIS SPIKE
  • Norris Turnbull (12/10/2020, 06:41) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Law enforcement is a problem in the British Virgin Islands in every way, form and fashion. End story
  • when (12/10/2020, 20:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ Turnbull u it doesn't have no law in this place sorry to say this is a lawless country every one wants to say and do what thay want don't feel bad


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