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'We cannot allow lawless re-entry' of people into VI - Premier Fahie

- Hon Andrew A. Fahie says strict policies must be in place before locals return
Addressing media questioning at a May 12, 2020, press conference on the territory's COVID-19 pandemic response thus far, Virgin Islands Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) says when protocols are established, only then, will locals and other nationals be are allowed back into the territory. Photo: GIS/File
Hon Andrew A. Fahie reiterated that when re-entry to the VI eventually becomes a reality in this COVID-19 era, mandatory quarantine for 14-days will be a requirement to enter the territory. Photo: Facebook/File
Hon Andrew A. Fahie reiterated that when re-entry to the VI eventually becomes a reality in this COVID-19 era, mandatory quarantine for 14-days will be a requirement to enter the territory. Photo: Facebook/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Addressing questions on the issue from the media at a May 12, 2020, press conference on the Territory's COVID-19 response, Virgin Islands Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) said only when protocols are established would VIslanders and Belongers be allowed re-entry into the Territory.

"We are not going to compromise safety neither for who been here already nor those who are going to be coming in, its a tight rope walk but we not going to compromise it," Hon Fahie told the press.

Residents complied to strategies - Premier Fahie 

"The people who have been here in the Virgin Islands during this time have been more than co-operative, so we cannot have persons here being asked to do so many things, 16 curfew orders... and they have complied to all," he said. 

The Premier also noted that as a result of majority compliance to the COVID-19 pandemic strategies in the Virgin Islands, security did not have to be called in via military support from the UK or any other forms of external enforcement for the people. 

"We cannot now allow a lawless re-entry of our people into the Territory, after asking those of our people who are here to comply and they complied gracefully."

Protocols key to COVID-19 fight 

According to the Leader of Government Business, it is also important that the Territory does not lose sight of the fact that COVID-19 is an invisible enemy and that protocols will be key in the fight. 

"We are making sure that whatever protocols need to be put in place we ourselves could question, test them and see if there are any loop-holes as much as is humanly possible to see, that is what we are doing right now."

He reiterated that when re-entry to the VI eventually becomes a reality in this COVID-19 era, mandatory quarantine for 14-days will be a requirement.

15 Responses to “'We cannot allow lawless re-entry' of people into VI - Premier Fahie”

  • the dominican (15/05/2020, 08:02) Like (47) Dislike (2) Reply
    as a Dominican who grow up in this country and have being living here for the past 23 years i most really say that i admire this man. he looks out for the interest of his people and does do it with out any hesitation. may God blessed is soul and give hims guidance always cause for such a time like this he was place in power.
  • Errrr (15/05/2020, 08:02) Like (71) Dislike (111) Reply
    But the last time I checked, this is a lawless Territory. The special ones in the Territory make their own rules. Ahhhh, excuse me, complied gracefully?
    • don (15/05/2020, 08:23) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Lol
    • Complacency (15/05/2020, 08:37) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      The Health Minister indicated yesterday that masks should only be worn when in close proximity to others since being called out for removing his mask during a press conference.

      Ah beg yo' please look at how this virus really spreads https://edition.cnn.com/2020/05/13/us/coronavirus-washington-choir-outbreak-trnd/index.html

      The complacency has already begun.
  • great (15/05/2020, 08:14) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
    Agree with the Premier, people will come in today and tomorrow them out in the streets, not self quarantining nothing. These people who will be staying at their homes need to be monitored 24/7. Matter a fact we can’t take no chances these people coming in shouldn’t even be allowed to go home especially if it have more individuals living there.
    • Hmmmm (16/05/2020, 07:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Good point i say u dig deep on that cause even if those who come home stays home the people they are coming incontact with who lives here will be going out and that is a way for sure it will be spread if infacr anyone coming in has it
  • vi (15/05/2020, 08:15) Like (39) Dislike (27) Reply
    I hope they not letting anymore permit holders in right now. Only locals and belongers first in
  • @ vi (15/05/2020, 08:16) Like (38) Dislike (16) Reply
    I agree people done getting laid off no persons with working permit shouldn’t be allowed in there’s no jobs for them.
  • Zone 6 (15/05/2020, 11:27) Like (35) Dislike (4) Reply
    Vip is going get back
  • Plan Man (15/05/2020, 14:26) Like (11) Dislike (18) Reply
    So what is the plan man? We need to book flights for our kids to get back home and need direction. Our students have been on lock down away from home for too long now. We don't have jobs and can't afford to support them overseas anymore. Some will not even be able to finish school as we won't be able to afford to send them back to college. We need to know what the plan is for getting them back home. With absolute respect for quarantine measures. We just need a plan. We were told June 2nd in the Premiers statement. Apartment leases are being given up on the 1st so they have to get home or they won't have anywhere to even live abroad. Please advise soon! We are in limbo with our kids alone and away from home. Please tell us the plan.
    • There was a plan (16/05/2020, 07:34) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
      Colleges and universities released students way before he shut the borders. That's why many students came home. Why did you allow your kids to stay abroad when they should have come home before? If they don't have it figured out for June1 and don't open the borders, don't blame the government blame yourself! You had ample time to not put yourself in problem. At some point, people have to stop thinking for you.
  • god is good (15/05/2020, 18:39) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ great..........AGREED 100%
  • P (17/05/2020, 12:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I hope the border stay close so the hurricane cant get in.
  • I agree (19/05/2020, 17:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    And I don't want to see you ever in the United States.


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