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USVI shopping day trip ‘days are gone’ – Premier Fahie

- anyone who travels to VI from outside of territory will be subject to 4-day quarantine
Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has said the days of shopping day trips to the US Virgin Islands (USVI) are over for the people of the Virgin Islands (VI), given the risks of COVID-19. Photo: VINO/File
Premier Andrew A. Fahie was at the time speaking during the announcements of an update to the COVID-19 returning policies alongside Health Minister, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) last evening, Tuesday, November 10, 2020. Photo: GIS/Facebook
Premier Andrew A. Fahie was at the time speaking during the announcements of an update to the COVID-19 returning policies alongside Health Minister, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) last evening, Tuesday, November 10, 2020. Photo: GIS/Facebook
The days of persons from the British Virgin Islands travelling to the US Virgin Islands for a day to shop or purchase Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) are over for now due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the strict protocols for travel instituted by the Government of the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/File
The days of persons from the British Virgin Islands travelling to the US Virgin Islands for a day to shop or purchase Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) are over for now due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the strict protocols for travel instituted by the Government of the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has said the days of shopping day trips to the US Virgin Islands (USVI) are over for the people of the Virgin Islands (VI), given the risks of COVID-19.

According to the Premier, things have changed with COVID-19; however, the Virgin Islands has worked hard to get to the point where it is regarding safeguarding the Territory against the virus, including adhering "to all the protocols, the 14-day Curfew, the lockdowns, having to wait at home for food to be delivered we have done a lot of preparatory work to get to this point," and it will not carelessly undo the hard work.

The Premier was at the time speaking during the announcements of an update to the COVID-19 travel policies, alongside Health Minister, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) last evening, Tuesday, November 10, 2020.

“So it's not that these things are being done in a negative tone at all, we have to understand that travelling is not the same, no one can just get up now and go to St Thomas today and come back this afternoon with a bucket of KFC or shop by K-Mart or whatever the case may be, those days are gone,” he said.

‘Mandatory quarantine for those returning to VI’ – Premier Fahie

For all persons returning to the VI from elsewhere, they will be subject to a $175 per person cost that will cover a traveller app, monitoring bracelet and 2 COVID-19 tests, in addition to quarantine for four days once on VI soil.

“If you're going to shop and you coming back…. you better shop for four days worth of KFC because you're going to be in quarantine… whatever it is you shop for, make sure that it lasts you for four days,” he said.

The Premier said the safety of the VI people remains paramount hence the policies that will keep both the visitors and local people safe.

“No one will be able to say here in the Virgin Islands that we were safe and they open up the borders and did so carelessly, we have to be accountable for actions for both visitors and residents, so I just want to make sure that I make that abundantly clear,” he said.

38 Responses to “USVI shopping day trip ‘days are gone’ – Premier Fahie ”

  • Help (11/11/2020, 13:08) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply
    So where will we quarantine and who will pay for that
    • NezRez (11/11/2020, 15:04) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
      @ Help. You are not getting any help. You will have to pay your own COVID test and where you are going to quarantine. The Government is NOT paying for any ones travel plans.
      • Wrong (12/11/2020, 09:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        NezRez you are wrong,did you not listen? The government has facilities for the 4 days quarantine for residents, you just have to have your food delivered. Pay attention
    • Boondocks (11/11/2020, 15:53) Like (12) Dislike (5) Reply

      What you mean no more chicken ? I need my moda #$%^& chicken!

  • Ho ho ho (11/11/2020, 13:12) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    Merry Xmas!
  • Rubber Duck (11/11/2020, 13:27) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    Is this going to be forever or just until they get rid of the criminal bracelets?
  • Bree (11/11/2020, 13:28) Like (28) Dislike (1) Reply
    I need to travel there for medical procedure. Overdue for months now. How will that be treated? Just asking for guidance on the procedure.
    • Bree (11/11/2020, 13:42) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      He said only lawyers are exempt from Quarentee
      • Say What? (11/11/2020, 15:41) Like (50) Dislike (1) Reply
        They were the ones to bring in the disease in the first place. What makes them special. Is there a special covid for them that's not transmissable?
    • @ Bree (12/11/2020, 06:32) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
      The fact that you are here blogging tells me that your illness/situation has not taken a turn for the worst and therefore could wait. Hope things improve for you soon so that you could have your procedure done though.
    • Go (12/11/2020, 09:03) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      go and do the procedure pay $175 when your coming back and stay in the government rooms just buy your food.

      Did nobody pay attention to what was said?WTF
  • resident (11/11/2020, 13:37) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
    total b.s
  • vip (11/11/2020, 13:48) Like (16) Dislike (9) Reply

    U all better come better than that...these out of timing food price no jobs and we hate lock in with this type of robbery highway robbery..them must have u shares in them grocery store...and it more of an headache to travel out to other countries but not ur neighbor island we have been trading from forever ..u all ***** rediculas...4 years soon. Up 

    • @VIP (19/11/2020, 09:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The same neighbor Island that sneaked people in to the BVI and gave us Covid again? Seems good to me!
  • lolol (11/11/2020, 13:50) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    LMAOOO.... might aswell go and just pay for the stupid wristband... same amount of money you'll overspend shopping in these local supermarkets... might even be less with a bigger variety
  • Not good (11/11/2020, 13:53) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Dread no more kfc?
    • Fast Food Junkie (12/11/2020, 10:59) Like (5) Dislike (16) Reply
      This is exactly why the BVI should allow those fast food franchises to come in - KFC, McDonalds, Wendy's
  • shark (11/11/2020, 14:01) Like (11) Dislike (12) Reply
    This one here needs going back to the drawing board,we are one Virgin Islands people and you know that premier.
    • @ shark (11/11/2020, 17:14) Like (21) Dislike (6) Reply
      Where the hell you living? US virgin Islands creedle with the Covid!!! Boss, let them keep them Covid over there and we stay Covid free over here.
      • sad story (11/11/2020, 18:14) Like (10) Dislike (10) Reply
        its flu no covid that is why they want to first test the vaccine on usvi they want to use a race of black people as mules.
        • @sad story (19/11/2020, 09:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          WHAT!??? a 1/4 of a million people in the UK volunteered to do the trials... enough with the foolish nonsense.
  • vi (11/11/2020, 14:30) Like (20) Dislike (13) Reply
    When elections come again you will bring your boat load from usvi I will not vote for you guys again
  • Ok an ju (11/11/2020, 14:52) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    You going with the day trips to
  • A Season (11/11/2020, 15:12) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    Nothing last forever. This will soon pass However the present situation dictates the government decision which is the right one , This virus will go away on its own, if you watching the honest news you will hear that though there is a spike the cases are minor, not deadly, dead is down more than 70% , ICU cases reduce more than 50%,. The fake news with an Agenda trying to hype a failing virus.
  • Heckler (11/11/2020, 15:14) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    These cats turn this into a money making scheme
  • Real Talk (11/11/2020, 16:16) Like (12) Dislike (11) Reply
    Mr fahie starting to behaving like a dictator my advice to is keep it up
  • occasion (11/11/2020, 16:22) Like (16) Dislike (5) Reply
    You can make you own KFC also we already have a KFC here that is Scato KFC lol
  • vi (11/11/2020, 18:53) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Just order and put on boat..... simple
  • Leo Ego (11/11/2020, 19:36) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Smh
  • vi (11/11/2020, 21:00) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    You all know usvi is bvi because all of us born in the usvi and cannot see our families that’s bad
  • Really? (11/11/2020, 21:35) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
    People here so hard up for KFC? please print something with sense. kFC the main reason for a day trip to St.Thomas?
  • Yes (12/11/2020, 07:51) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    The minister is full of it...he like trump need to give an oppology to us from that remark made an insult to the people of the virgin island.... ábout if we go to st thomas we better buy 4 box of kentuky for the 4 days quarantine..he as your leader should make have better choice of words....as a resident we go to st thomas to shop for vase variety of items and choice of food we dont get here in tortola and cheaper yes i said cheaper if any hurt my feeling more is that slug he make. No one in their right mind will go to saint thomas to go buy kfc in times like this.......the sea is on hand business will op to go and do business to make money onever expect such a comment from the premire just lile he wanted an oppology from the govenor we the.people your statement is an darm insult
  • Hog Tail (12/11/2020, 08:23) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    I agree with u mr fahie one hundred percent
  • Lily Ann (12/11/2020, 15:20) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Fahie said it in such a way like he's HAPPY to announce yall cant go lay your dollars over there no more ... the supermarkets saw in influx in revenue and they happy for the seaport lockdown !!! So Fahie make it LAW and now rubbing it in your faces ....
  • See (12/11/2020, 15:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Of course strippers and whores come and go
  • Col. Sanders (12/11/2020, 16:15) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    No more double bottom KFC buckets ! But I bahn here ! I need my drugs & fried chicken.


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