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BVIPA requiring mask wearing @ its indoor facilities

Despite the Government of the Virgin Islands lifting mask mandates today, June 15, 2022, the British Virgin Islands Ports Authority (BVIPA) has informed the public that the wearing of face masks/coverings will still be required in indoor public spaces when visiting its facilities. Photo: BVIPA/Facebook
The BVI Ports Authority will require its frontline workers and visitors to wear face masks/coverings when in an indoor public space at all BVIPA offices and facilities. Photo: BVIPA
The BVI Ports Authority will require its frontline workers and visitors to wear face masks/coverings when in an indoor public space at all BVIPA offices and facilities. Photo: BVIPA
PORT PURCELL, Tortola, VI- Despite the Government of the Virgin Islands lifting mask mandates today, June 15, 2022, the British Virgin Islands Ports Authority (BVIPA) has informed the public that the wearing of face masks/coverings will still be required in indoor public spaces when visiting its facilities.

On June 13, 2022, the Minister for Health and Social Development, Honourable Marlon A. Penn (R8) issued a statement on the Cabinet decision on the removal of the legal requirement for the wearing of face masks/coverings in public places that would come into effect on June 15, 2022.

Decision totally lawful

In that statement, it was also noted that public and private organisations would be allowed to set their own policies on face masks/coverings.

“As such and keeping in accordance with the mask policy instituted by the public service in a circular issued by the Deputy Governor, David D. Archer, Jr. on 14th June 2022, the BVI Ports Authority will require its frontline workers and visitors to wear face masks/coverings when in an indoor public space at all BVIPA offices and facilities,” the BVIPA stated in a press release today, June 15, 2022.

19 Responses to “BVIPA requiring mask wearing @ its indoor facilities”

  • disappointed (15/06/2022, 17:32) Like (25) Dislike (44) Reply
    Look at town today!! All masked up on the road in the hot sun, in their car, all over the place. I could not believe that Hon Marlon Penn set us free and yet still so many fearful walking around with masks. I was pleasantly surprised when the guard at Onemart said that it's your choice if you want to wear it or not. Why can't everyone do the same and stop pushing the enemy's agenda? There is so much fear, it's ridiculous. Look at those people today, like sheep obeying their master. Most, I am sure, took their 3rd and 4th dose, and yet, they killing themselves further with a mask. What an interesting time to be alive. My Bible says: "I have not given you a spirit of fear but of love and a sound mind. People wake up! The slave master has set you free for a moment, grasp that moment, and breathe the fresh air that God has given us. DO AWAY WITH THE FEAR!! Build your immune system and Pray. The virus has lost its strength. LIVE AND BREATHE! Riteway also has given us a choice.
    • Madussa (15/06/2022, 20:25) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
      To be fair, a lot of people did not know the rules have been relaxed. After speaking with some in the store, they looked at me as if I had two heads. Only after it was confirmed by security, did they relax their masks, but still had them under their chin. Fear is a horrible thing, but you can still wear your mask if it makes you feel safe. We are slowly getting our freedom back and hopefully, no one else gets sick.
      • Secret Bear (16/06/2022, 16:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Even if someone does get sick, it’s not an excuse to deprive us of our human right to show our faces. Mask mandates are oppressive and flimsy cloth masks don’t work anyway.
    • smh (15/06/2022, 21:16) Like (33) Dislike (4) Reply
      So what if people want to continue wearing their mask? That offends you? Just mind your own damn business and keep moving.
    • mind ya own business (15/06/2022, 21:18) Like (30) Dislike (2) Reply
      I was wearing my mask because of the darn Saharan dust. Further, if I have a cold and not sure of its covid I will wear the mask to protect others. Some of us just think we are so smart that we want to think for others and tell them what to do.
  • Clean oxygen pls (15/06/2022, 17:38) Like (14) Dislike (9) Reply
    It can't be BVIPA come up with that, it has to be one or two scared individuals.
  • WEW (15/06/2022, 17:45) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
    Just another example of how the right hand has no idea what the left is doing. Government sets the rule but it doesn’t mean a thing
  • Says who. (15/06/2022, 18:26) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
    Port yet to have an official boss. Who is making these decisions..?
  • c (15/06/2022, 20:21) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    I’m ashamed to say I live here.
  • lol (15/06/2022, 20:50) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    All that’s needed is a legal challenge to these businesses. Same way Florida took the CDC to court over mask mandates on cruise ships and won!

    https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2021/07/23/florida-asks-supreme-court-to-curb-cdc-restrictions-on-cruises.html
  • See (15/06/2022, 20:51) Like (17) Dislike (6) Reply
    Guess they didn't get the memo . Masks are virtually useless and accelerate other health issues .
  • Stop acting stupid (15/06/2022, 22:12) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
    If people want to still wear a mask, that is their personal choice. If they don’t want to wear a mask that is their personal choice. I chose to continue to wear a mask and that is my personal choice.
  • resident (16/06/2022, 05:21) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    Last count there were 68 local cases. There is a lot more but persons are not getting tested because the symptoms are mild. Everyday in the u.s. people are still dying. I feel safer with a mask on indoors. Too many viruses out there. Call me paranoid. That's OK.
  • Common Sense (16/06/2022, 05:26) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    The BVIPA is a government owned facility and in the real world they would have to comply with a mask mandate issued by the government. So, we still have government employed individuals making their own rules, which, the COI condemned.
  • Shaving (16/06/2022, 05:44) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Guys wear masks so they don't have to shave their faces everyday. Just another benefit of mask wearing!
  • Funny (16/06/2022, 06:05) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    How Government lifted the mandate and its own departments shooting it down. Let it be a personal choice cause the cloth masks does nothing to stop the virus. You need an N95 masks and you all don’t wear them. It’s a feel good feeling mentally and it looks stupid with all these fancy designers masks that does nothing.
  • jah know (16/06/2022, 07:08) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    How about fixing the AC In there for customers. We there hot and sweating while they behind their Plexiglass with AC and their face push up.
  • Jah Know That BVI Port Need A/C (16/06/2022, 08:18) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who ever is incharge or making decissions at the Port, Please get the customers back to our propper welcoming center with a working air condition. We come in there to spend our money and leave in there hot and sweaty. To the premier and the governor whose picture is up on the wall, please make it mandatory for them to get that air condition fix in the customer service section. This has been going on for to long now and if it dont have enough money in the budget to fix it, just buy some standing fans.


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