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State of Emergency ends midnight, curfew to continue

Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL), left, addresses reporters at a press conference at Ritter House this morning, October 5, 2017. Right is Governor J. U. Jaspert. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The State of Emergency called by Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert a day after Hurricane Irma devastated the Virgin Islands on September 6, 2017 will end at midnight, however, the curfew will remain in place until Government sees it necessary to lift.

This was disclosed at a joint press conference called by Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert and Premier Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) at Ritter House in Wickham’s Cay II today, October 5, 2017.

According to Governor Jaspert, the State of Emergency was also put in place largely to have a curfew following Hurricane Irma.

He also said that throughout the State of Emergency the priority was on rebuilding government and decisions were taken with cabinet and the ministers responsible for their areas.

“My intention is to end the State of Emergency as soon as possible,” said Governor Jaspert, adding that to do this Cabinet agreed that a separate act to enable the curfew to continue was needed as the territory pushes to restore vital services.

“Subject to that the aim is to move out of the state of emergency later this week,” Governor Jaspert stated.

It ends midnight!

Interestingly, however, Premier Smith said while fielding questions from reporters that the State of Emergency will end at midnight since the Curfew Act was expected to be passed in the House of Assembly today. The Sitting was held at the Save The Seed Energy Centre in Duff’s Bottom.

He said the curfew would be prolonged to facilitate law and order and make businesses feel safe.

The Curfew Act, Premier Smith explained, is for a curfew to be put in place without having a State of Emergency.

11 Responses to “State of Emergency ends midnight, curfew to continue”

  • wize up (05/10/2017, 19:40) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
  • Scared (05/10/2017, 21:49) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    What the hell is going on? Is there really a Curfew?
    Scooter riders gone crazy tonight in our neighborhood. Young men walking all about. Please can there be more police presence in the Purcell area
    • Bruhh (06/10/2017, 09:28) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
      just relax nobody thiefin no more
    • wize up (06/10/2017, 18:39) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      @ scared: the police local and non local down government house watching the governor in his face while the niggers are the mercy of the damm talk that because it is wrong
  • rt (06/10/2017, 02:02) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    So does dropping the state of emergency means that we are saying bvi is ok and we dont need help or aid from england? Can someone plz answer or explain what it means plz
  • Wow.. (06/10/2017, 07:28) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    So the English Cops and military are going to leave?..They had to find away to take power away from thw Governor.. Toughen - up Governor...(we in trouble)
    • @ wow (06/10/2017, 09:15) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Know ur facts or do some research before you speak out of turn....The Military presence will be leaving except for engineers and other persons vital to the restructuring of particular projects in the BVI. The UK police officers will remain in the BVI working alongside the local force to assist.
      What power have they taken away? By helpin us at least get up on crutches? I can guarantee if they didn't come your beloved governor wud not kno his tail bone from his nose hole in where to begin to rebuild.
  • Xxx (06/10/2017, 08:56) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is just to give power to the ndp who is power hungry while the ppl must be in for 8.

    Voters this government must go real fast
  • Untrue (06/10/2017, 09:11) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Curfew didnt go in effect until the following Monday after most of the looting has been done...If the Curfew was the followig day. How come im driving theough town Friday and Saturday watching people looting.?
    • wize up (07/10/2017, 05:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      curfew or no curfew some persons in this country will pick up what don't belong to them a set of criminals now call the BVI home; local & non local and some them will be shot because when some of us take our money to rebuild or reopen business and home then some fool come assing around( leave that).....these are very serious times
  • shark (06/10/2017, 11:17) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    this is the wrong move hon premier keep the curfew on until things get back into place.that would be in the best interest of this country.

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