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Bars, nightclubs shut down as new 7-day curfew takes effect

-more mass testing & travel restrictions after COVID-19 cases spike by 9
Bars and night clubs along with restaurants in the Virgin Islands (VI); with the exception of those offering takeout and deliveries, will now have to close their doors following the confirmation of 9 new COVID-19 cases tonight, August 21, 2020, linked to case #12. Photo: Internet Source
Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) while making the announcement tonight said the new curfew came as a result of several members of the VI community and business establishments, have failed to adhere to basic public health guidelines and legal obligations. Photo: GIS/File
Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) while making the announcement tonight said the new curfew came as a result of several members of the VI community and business establishments, have failed to adhere to basic public health guidelines and legal obligations. Photo: GIS/File
Effective today, the Government has also restricted the movement of all vessels and aircraft, except as approved, to and from Anegada effective until August 28, 2020. Anegada will also undergo island-wide COVID-19 testing until August 28, 2020. Photo: VINO/File
Effective today, the Government has also restricted the movement of all vessels and aircraft, except as approved, to and from Anegada effective until August 28, 2020. Anegada will also undergo island-wide COVID-19 testing until August 28, 2020. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Bars and nightclubs, along with restaurants in the Virgin Islands (VI); with the exception of those offering takeout and deliveries, will now have to close their doors following the confirmation of 9 new COVID-19 cases tonight, August 21, 2020, linked to case #12.

A new night-time curfew has also been announced as Government takes steps to mitigate any further community spread of the virus.

COVID-19 community spread now a factor 

Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL), while making the announcement tonight, said the new curfew came as a result of several members of the VI community and business establishments failing to adhere to basic public health guidelines and legal obligations.

According to him, those actions have, “placed themselves, families, neighbours, co-workers, friends, and all the rest of us at higher risk of exposure to this aggressive coronavirus.”

Further, the Government will be carrying out more contact tracing and testing in an effort to mitigate and contain the spread of the virus.

Community screening will take place in the communities of Anegada and East End/Long Look where the bulk of the cases have originated. Other areas include Virgin Gorda as well as in the Sea Cows Bay area in the coming days, Hon Malone said.

Curfew restrictions & mass testing 

The new night-time curfew will run from 10:00 pm on August 21, 2020 to 5:00 am on August 22, 2020; then from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am from August 22, 2020, for the next seven (7) days.

Restrictions are also in effect for the movement of vessels within Territorial waters, except for fisherfolk, as approved and intra-island ferries (apart from those travelling to/from Anegada).

Effective today, the Government has also restricted the movement of all vessels and aircraft, except as approved, to and from Anegada effective until August 28, 2020. Anegada will also undergo island-wide COVID-19 testing until August 28, 2020. 

Other categories of businesses ordered to close include Daycare Centres/Facilities such as gyms and sporting facilities/activities, including summer camps; and VI/USVI freight couriers and charter companies have been ordered closed, except for medical emergencies, as approved.

50 Responses to “Bars, nightclubs shut down as new 7-day curfew takes effect”

  • The Spanish are Coming (21/08/2020, 23:14) Like (41) Dislike (4) Reply
    A few hours of pleasure have placed the territory back into lockdown......the issue in this place is enforcing the law of the land
    • The Russia Vaccine (22/08/2020, 01:33) Like (4) Dislike (14) Reply
      Hope we have our otder in....i will take the Russia Vaccine..Vaccine from China and Bill Gates im not taking that.... Dont trust them..Putin test the vaccine on his children and his medical staff ----Great start...Now America and China fighting it down,, ,, Why? because Russia out do them to be the first..Putin much Smartter than them...While they talking Putin listening, learning and working.....Get the Russia Vaccine..It is safe!!
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      • @the russia vaccine (22/08/2020, 13:17) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
        It always puzzles me that the ones who believe in conspiracies tend to have a lot of issues with grammar, spelling, hell basic English skills. I encourage our BVIslanders to utilize spell check (which is FREE) to ensure our opinions are taken seriously....don’t allow COVID-19 to expose our ‘upstanding’ education Myron Walwyn claimed was the envy of the Caribbean please!!!
    • trrefdrfds (22/08/2020, 07:07) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
      Nope, the issue is greed. This government need to implement stiffer fines and harsh jail time for these kinds of offense. Now, Peter has to pay for Paul. The task is locating those illegals that are here. Round em' up, quarantine them and get them from here; don't even bother arresting them. We shouldn't have to pay for further care of them, they did not care whether or not we would be affected by their illegal acts. I don't care what anybody say, if i am not familiar with you in my community, I am calling Police and Immigration on your behind.
      • Think. (22/08/2020, 09:01) Like (26) Dislike (0) Reply
        Who owns the the boats that are doing the people smuggling? I think you will find that they may be your relatives, friends or neighbors. Therein lies the real problem.
        • @Think (22/08/2020, 10:33) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
          You are so right..... We quick to talk about persons coming in illegally. Check our locals and see who is helping them enter illegally. They surely did not swim.
        • @Think (22/08/2020, 10:38) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
          Yes please tell them to big mouth Cindy and while you at it put a muzzle on her.
    • God’s will (22/08/2020, 09:11) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
      I think that God has expressed his view on the Spanish bars that are now all over our territory.
    • you mean (22/08/2020, 14:20) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      A few hours of COVID AND STD’s to take home to their families. You dumb A** people ruin it for everyone, the innocent is paying for you selfish people. I hope we go on lock down for the next year. Who don’t like my comment can go and marinate in a pile of DOG FECES.You People are so damn stupid. You had your freedom from being on lock down and you blew it. The Premier give you idiots a inch and you use it to your advantage and took a mile.
  • Tranquility (21/08/2020, 23:30) Like (38) Dislike (1) Reply
    The place is quiet again.
  • one eye (21/08/2020, 23:50) Like (7) Dislike (11) Reply
    Licks for the small men again
  • Thank you so much (22/08/2020, 00:04) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bars and night clubs is non essential. The core of the virus is the Bars and night clubs. If someone has a cold or the flu, if that person is in a room packed with people, most of the people in the room is going to get sick. Someone has the COVID VIRUS and the person is in a room packed with people, most of the people is going to catch the virus.
  • GOOOOOOOD!!!!!! (22/08/2020, 00:30) Like (37) Dislike (1) Reply
    You bar owners and club owners got just what the H*ll you deserve. I am going to be dropping dimes left and right. I see you open, I am going to turn you in down to the bars in the villages, you open those doors I am going to drop a dime on you or I will take pictures and expose you on social media.
    • Hmm (22/08/2020, 20:21) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Don't put the blame on the bars and club owners the infected person didn't come in through the airport and Laura didn t bring it that means it was here b4 she got here so send the blame to f&$K around people we have here in the BVI. Den take dis ting for joke
  • contamination (22/08/2020, 01:23) Like (81) Dislike (17) Reply
    I heard some test kits came contaminated. To provide positive results....Hope this is not so, Because this will defnitely be a criminal act..
  • Ghost (22/08/2020, 02:00) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    They should have never been open for they are a breeding ground for this virus,; we kept saying we’re out of the woods, but no one listened and now look.What if this person didn’t have symptoms enough to take them to ER this means the virus would have been spreading and none of us would have been the wiser.. this is why mass testing is so important and for ALL OF US to adhere (obey) the guidelines especially the wearing of masks-this have proven also to slow this virus from spreading but some of us are too foolish especially those that blog encouraging others to don’t wear mask or that this is a hoax or some government plot..we just need to listen and obey the guidelines..one major thing that worries me greatly is that our borders are really not safe - persons are still Trying to come In undetected which poses a great threat for we don’t have the man power to keep watch over all of our little islands and cays to keep them out; as a community we need to keep praying sincerely for God’s Mercy and do our best to do the right thing.. Our population is so small And to all the xenophobic haters (on both sides) this virus doesn’t distinguish..
  • Sam (22/08/2020, 03:00) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    When we do what we want. This is what happen to us.
  • Guest (22/08/2020, 03:36) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    The issue in the BVI to help avoid lockdowns relies on address two issues enforcement and ignorance. When BVI sets rules they need to stick to them any business not obeying fine them until they do. In regards to ignorance it is easy to conclude that most of the population is now below average in terms of their IQ. The amount of imbeciles pre this announcement walking around places with their masks under their nose. Or simply walking into stores with the mask on their head while their mouth and nose were exposed... smdh. It’s like the jack3;&sses hear you have to wear a mask and don’t understand it’s not a fashion statement or simply to say it’s there. They don’t seem to understand it must actually be serving the purpose of covering your mouth AND NOSE....
    • TanTam (23/08/2020, 07:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      ...It is easy to conclude that most of the population is now below average in terms of their IQ"... soooooo tru... sooo sad.. bvi is a lost cause ..the lost and watering down of its human intellect and values is a gross tragedy .
  • Wise Up! (22/08/2020, 03:38) Like (16) Dislike (5) Reply
    I am noticing persons defending the bars and passing sole blame to illegal entry.

    If someone smuggled into the Islands, and you and others were out at bars/restaurants or any other place without taking the necessary precautions such as wearing a mask, social distancing, sanitizing, then tested positive for COVID-19, would you still blame the one you caught if from and not check yourself for not taking precautions? That's like choosing to have unprotected sex, catching an STD, then blaming the other person.

    Who is to say, the person who first tested positive didn't catch it from one of the other recent 9 who tested positive but it's just that HE TESTED AND FOUND OUT.
    • Concerned citizens (22/08/2020, 08:55) Like (4) Dislike (11) Reply
      SO IS only by bars and clubs this man went. You got something against bar and club owners. Check the churches do they adhere to mask. STRUPES!!!
  • Dr Dave (22/08/2020, 04:51) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    Who is responsible for the introduction of this into the territory?

    Ain’t no point in localised testing. Just test the damn population as a whole widely. Not beyond the wit of man to do 10,000+ tests. BVI has failed in this golden opportunity.
    • Unfortunate... (22/08/2020, 09:28) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      They too will recover...LETS NOT REJOICE BUT WISH THEM WELL. . But we have to be more responsible as a people.. Locking down is not a good thing.. .
  • Thankfull (22/08/2020, 05:17) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    this is reality what sweetened goat mouth burn in the bam it is a shame that we have to come to this some of us do not care about each other not even our self if we do we will do better we cus the government even some of the minister was talking now this is what it is curfew in our backside we never appreciate what the government was doing all we do was criticize and complain about everything it will not even hurt so much if it was people coming in because we know that they will be in aquitaine now we have to find out how he caught it people let's think about what our actions will cause us not only us the whole country this will make the border stay much longer to open our careless is what hurting us stop being so selfish that government makes the rules respect them stay you all bam home stay safe
  • prayer (22/08/2020, 06:37) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    People please humble yourselves before God.
  • mmmmm (22/08/2020, 07:00) Like (17) Dislike (4) Reply
    I hope the curfew lasts for the rest of the year,
  • bvi (22/08/2020, 07:04) Like (34) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is our Lovely government keeping us safe...Hon. Fahie , keep putting those curfew on until we get it right. these all-nighters are too lawless, putting us all at risk with their foolish and selfish behavior.
  • oh nooo (22/08/2020, 07:49) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Those ppl that tested positive, the daughter does be liming with the cheff at Z bar in East end and that place across from the seventh day Adventist’s church . (Track ,trace and isolate them).
  • reality (22/08/2020, 07:58) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    Sosomeonefrom the DR parties with a friend from St Thomas he knows has entered illegally and enjoys Tortola bars and clubs but now Anegada is cut off but people can travel from East End and Tortola?
    This guy didn't even know he had the virus he has high bloodpressure and was goingin for that....
    He needs to be deported as soon as he is well, he knowinly brought the country to this by not turning in or away his friend.
    If any of the other 15 tests come back positive today Anegada will be placed on 24/7 lockdown so people could party in Tortola WTF
  • bvi (22/08/2020, 08:24) Like (43) Dislike (3) Reply
    A lot of people here don't like to follow rules so this is what we get. Most people know who the rule breakers are and don't say anything they put us all at risk. They're f****** sickening now we all have to suffer because of their selfish asses
    • Murders too (22/08/2020, 10:25) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      Same reason we have all the unsolved murders here. no one brave enough to step up and do the right thing here.
  • tosh (22/08/2020, 08:35) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Premier yes do what is best for the people of this country those who donot belong to the bvi make way to get out of here they are not understanding the measure of this thing Doctors do what you have to do but make recommendations for them people exit government continue to patrol our borders do not study what any one said this is our country and we have to care and look out for oneanother EXPATs living hee make a PLEA to your fellow islanders tell them stop the stop doing what they are doing because EXPATS line still If tge government do really what they have to do a lot of you all EXPAt is going to be vex so it is time yo take heed Premier keep the faith
  • next (22/08/2020, 08:55) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    for allowing any one to come from any way to stay with you knowing it is eligal should be seriously punish as soon as he is well send him back to his country no pordon
  • Sad reality. (22/08/2020, 08:56) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
    Like it or not. Only the vaccine will bring life back to normalcy...
  • A HAPPY BELONGER (22/08/2020, 10:02) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    IIM GOING BLAME THESE SPANISH PEOPLE FOR THE ALSO THE GOVERNMENT TRAVELLING ALL OVER TORTOLA NONE OF THE SPANISH PEOPLE HAVE ON ANY MASK YOU COME THROUGH PURCELL ESTATE NOT ONE HAVE ON ANY MASK AND NO SOCIAL DISTANCES. ITS IT'S THE SAME THING THE OTHRR CARIBBEAN COUNTRY ARE COMPLAINING ABOUT THESE SPANISH PEOPLE.
    • Mrs Tubman (23/08/2020, 07:30) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      When you consider that the Spanish community is from the DR with 90,000 plus cases COVID cases and that their country is highest withAiDS,HIVand numerous STD ,illiteracy,human trafficking,poverty ,racism and colorism,one can surmise that their wanton actions are Governed by Lucifer and his demons. No conscience at all , so glaring when you consider their systematic genocide of their Haitian neighbours and relatives. If the Caribbean was a caring Community and was sincere with the Black Lives Matter, the DR would be boycotted until they made efforts to clean up their human rights issues.
  • disappointed (22/08/2020, 13:56) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    Stop crippling small businesses. Decisions being made by government are hitting businesses operating at night the hardest. This is not fair across all businesses operating in the BVI. We are the lifeline of the economy. We hire staff and spend our money here. We have families that depends on us. Stop the madness!! We are concern for our health as well as the well being of our customers that supports us. Nonprofit businesses continue to operate in the name of helping people but are helping themselves and get away with it. Government officials need to go without paychecks in the same manner as us. This is a dictatorship and the public voices should be heard. Who is going to help our families when we are forced to shutdown with no notice or care for our wellbeing. Invite the public to take part in your decision making processes. This is not transparency this is dictatorship!!!!! Stop the madness, we are grown education people not babies!!! Intervention is needed ASAP!!!


  • yes yes (22/08/2020, 15:09) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    @A happy belonger, come Sea Cow's bay and Hannas they are the same thing here no social distancing nor mask wearing and always loud.
  • Huh? Explain minister (22/08/2020, 16:49) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    As per Mr. Malone and the article above "Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL), while making the announcement tonight, said the new curfew came as a result of several members of the VI community and business establishments failing to adhere to basic public health guidelines and legal obligations."

    When was this known? Why wasn't the law enforced? Where the police called? Do these places still have trade licenses or have they been revoked? Will they be allowed to continue business after the curfew is lifted?
    • CONCERNS (22/08/2020, 19:06) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      If the trace of Covid-19 was detected in your home, would you shut it down and not return? Think twice about your comments. People knowing that they should be wearing masks are the blame not the establishments that are keeping the economy strong. Businesses are trying their best to follow the law. If Covid-19 was traced to a government employee during working hours, would the entire government entities get an order to shut down immediately? That is what they did to all night businesses. Do you have any idea what it's like to be suddenly in debt due to poor government leadership? Have you ever experience an order by any governing body to immediately shut down businesses during operating times without notice? Businesses operating at night are being targeted. It's unfair and the public should speak up and not take orders without getting the opportunity to buyin to the idea. We should unite and speak of this injustice. Make your votes count next election.Support leaders that have interests in doing good for everyone and not the privilege few.
  • MARCH (22/08/2020, 18:26) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    They locked down the island for 3 weeks when it had just a few case now they have soo much more cases and maybe it out there spreading and you not hearing about lock down.
  • next (22/08/2020, 21:18) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    you need to follow the news in the Caribbean and see that another country shutdown 3or4 night clubs and give out warning to others sorry it is what it is enforced the laws to much people in bar and clubs no mask not good some people walking pass the hand sanitizer never washing hands no person seeing that is done
  • A VOTER IN #6 (23/08/2020, 06:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    THOSE BAR OWERS WHO VIOLATE THE LAWS CLOSE THEM DOWN FOR SIX MONTHS.
  • Lawless (23/08/2020, 10:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Do we really believe that all our bars will close down and the attached restaurants will only offer takeout service? It didn’t happen the first time around and I am certain that it won’t happen this time as enforcement is usually very relaxed.
  • Interesting (23/08/2020, 18:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bars are still opening. Check the crabe lot/ the ghetto and check the bars up East.
    • Enforcement Needed (24/08/2020, 12:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The bars in Baugher's Bay do not close and their patrons do not wear masks.
  • Think For Yourself (24/08/2020, 11:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Do you really believe this is about a virus? Wearing masks that don't work against a virus. How many are dieing? Are the hospitals full? Is someone you know dead? This is about division and control. Look at yourselves, blaming each other for what? This is what they want. We need to come together and love each other. 99.98% recovery rate. H1N1 way more deaths, no lock downs. Never in history have we quarantined the healthy. Hate will only destroy you, love is all you need.


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