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Cabinet approves $2M to finance food provisioning during extended lockdown

- Basic food package will be delivered from Monday, April 20, 2020
Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), seen here flanked by Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert, left, and Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL), right, during a live update to the Territory this evening, April 19, 2020. Photo: Facebook
Delivery of food packages for seniors and the needy will begin on Monday, April 20, 2020. Photo: GIS
Delivery of food packages for seniors and the needy will begin on Monday, April 20, 2020. Photo: GIS
The majority of people in the Virgin Islands will be expected to order any essential food/basic needs by calling or submitting online deliveries from many shops for home delivery. Photo: Internet Source
The majority of people in the Virgin Islands will be expected to order any essential food/basic needs by calling or submitting online deliveries from many shops for home delivery. Photo: Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- To ensure that seniors and those absolutely in need of food supplies are taken care of during the extended week of lockdown, which started today, April 19, 2020, Cabinet has approved $2M for this initiative to be executed.

And, according to Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), during a live update to the Territory this evening, April 19, 2020, the food packages will be delivered from tomorrow, Monday, April 20, 2020.

According to the Leader of Government Business, Cabinet today approved the allocation of two million dollars to the Health Emergency Operations Centre (HEOC) from the Consolidated Funds to the COVID-19 Fund for the purposes of food provisioning.

“Simply put your Government has decided to ensure that the finances of basic food packages to be delivered to you the people, those in terms of the seniors and those who are really in need will be the targeted group [as well as] anyone else who have genuinely have run out of food, the Government is paying for those food packages and to have them delivered to you.”

The funding will also cover the financial cost to suppliers and deliverers of the Government’s provided food packages.

Hotline number: 852-7688

“If you have not received any food and you are in need and [have] other needs within this seven days, in terms of medication or food, this is a specific hotline to call: the number is 852-7688,” Premier Fahie also stated.

Additionally, Premier Fahie said Cabinet approved the allocation of eight hundred thousand dollars ($800,000) to the HEOC from the Consolidated Funds for the purpose of the House to House Garbage collection and Recycling initiative.

Majority of residents to order electronically

Meanwhile, Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert, during the same live COVID-19 update, emphasised that Cabinet wants to ensure this lockdown does not lead to further hardship.

He said over the next week, the majority of people will be expected to order any essential food/basic needs by calling or submitting online deliveries from many shops for home delivery.

The Governor added that many of the food supply shops have set up arrangements through telephone orders and a network of delivery services is in place and that he was grateful for rapid work by the business community for assisting customers in this new way.

Revised Curfew Order for key services

He also said he will sign a revised curfew order that allows for key services to operate for the purposes of providing supplies for delivery.

This includes supermarkets, wholesale food and drink providers, gas and fuel, water production and delivery, bakeries and pharmacies.

“The details of which businesses can be approved will be published fully. The critical thing will be that no shop will be open for public access – they will only be open for staff to fulfil orders for delivery. Supermarket businesses may have staff working 24 hours a day so that they can prepare orders and restock during the night if required. However, all deliveries will take place only during the daytime, from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm.”

'Don't abuse the system'

The Governor also reiterated that for those who are not able to access online shopping, are vulnerable or unable to pay for their basic needs, they will be able to register to get an essential supply package by calling the hotline number given by Premier Fahie.

“This will be an essential supply package only and will be delivered to your home. Please only use this service if it is absolutely necessary. We are relying on you to do the right thing and to not abuse the system. Please think of the whole community and help us to prioritise supplies to those who need it most.

“I also want to assure everyone across the whole territory that the arrangement will cater for ensuring that people from across all of our Sister Islands have access to food, medical and essential supplies as well.”

Businesses breaching protocols will have approvals suspended

Meanwhile, businesses and those involved in supplying or delivery supplies will need to get an approval pass.

Passes for this curfew period will only be issued for persons listed in the approved list of essential services and managed by the Ministry of Health and issued by the Deputy Governor’s Office under the authority of the Curfew Act.

Applications for passes should be sent to by listing the business name, pass holder, email address, phone number and general reason for the application.

Passes can only be used within the specified period and businesses assigned and only whilst on duty and is only valid to the one assignee.  They will be sent out electronically and people must carry ID with them to accompany the electronic pass if needed.  Further details will be set out in social media and people can text or WhatsApp 540-5946.

“Businesses must also comply with the HEOC health protocols, including the protocols for safe home delivery. Breaching of that will result in the approval to operate or deliver being removed,” Governor Jaspert warned.

28 Responses to “Cabinet approves $2M to finance food provisioning during extended lockdown”

  • tretretrete (19/04/2020, 22:43) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
    I can already see people abusing this system and those who really really are in need of food, will end up with nothing. Also, people are already saying how it is impossible to get through to the supermarket telephone numbers.
    • Fran (20/04/2020, 15:28) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      The supermarkets are not picking up their phones, so how do we eat? This is serious!
  • son of the soil (19/04/2020, 22:45) Like (10) Dislike (35) Reply
    look at a government that cares!! If this was Orlando or funny man we would have eat rocks; GOD BLESS THE VIP AND UNCLE FAHIE
  • Survivalist Prepper (19/04/2020, 22:56) Like (37) Dislike (9) Reply
    Welcome to Commonist China, all the pieces are falling into place, stripped of freedom for the safety of a virus that’s been blown out of proportion, but keep watching CNN, one day you’ll wake up and this will be your norm because you refused to do your own research ! And for all you guys that love to jump down the so call “conspiracy theorist” throats more than likely they’ll be more prepared for what’s to come than you, if you think I need the government for food and water yuh lie, I been warning friends and family for years about these things but they believe so much in the government now look at them now, a slave to the system
    • @ Survivalist Prepper. Agree (20/04/2020, 07:12) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
      Thats the Agenda of WHO "wotld health organization" in Conspiracy with China to cripple all the economies of the world and so China will become the economic power house of the world...its working.. Everything coming from China, Everyone now running to China for help....Yep.... Donald Trump is on to them and their games thats why he is pushing for America to open up. Trump is the only one fighting this conspiracy..
    • Z (20/04/2020, 07:43) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
      Thank you, I feel sorry for those who watch CNN, MSNBC. The wicked will soon fall, and those responsible for this will be exposed...
      Stay safe BVI, and give thanks.
    • Intel. Analysis (20/04/2020, 07:56) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
      Ha!Ha! thanks for the laugh in these trying times. Really it is not a laughing matter. A credible witness is one who testifies about what he or she heard, seen and experienced for him or herself. Unless you fall into this category, what you are saying is just hearsay. It cannot be proved or disproved. Actually, if you own a credit card, using any form of currency, own a smartphone, graduated from an education institution, employed or using this technology to blog, you are part of the "slave system' you mentioned. Where would you get food and water? Can you produce it for your self? It is the same system that produced them in a factory somewhere. It is the same system that imported them. It is the same system that made it available in our stores. It is the same system that employed you. It is the system's mode of payment you will use to purchase these items. Look anyone has a right to believe in what they chose to believe. How they use that belief in relating to others is what matters. You asked that we do our own research. I tried to but, I found out that I have to depend on googling for all my information. How do I know that the information I am getting is not part of the system?
      • @Intel. Analysis (20/04/2020, 09:54) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
        Wanna explain what @Survivalist Prepper was getting at but not gonna waste my time because your a sheep everyone wasn’t meant to see through the fog
        • Intel. Analysis (21/04/2020, 13:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          No need to get upset. I am not saying that I doubt his Theory. I am saying it cannot be proved or disproved, since he is relying on second-hand information. This is the problem everyone comes up with a theory and anyone who dare to say " I disagree" falls to their wrath. @ useyourbrain good point wished we had a garden somewhere to plant the healthy veggies you mentioned. The thing there is a theory that said our food supply has been genetically engineered. There is one about our bottled water. What should we believe?
      • use your brain (20/04/2020, 10:29) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
        @Intel you do know that if you have a decent garden and a stockpile of seeds you’ll be fine right ? Watermelons, pumpkins, cantaloupes, cucumber, tomatoes, etc all of these things can get you through these times if you don’t want to rely on government assistance, and if you know how to get water which I do, why you need the government, I don’t go to doctors because I’m not one to get sick... you missed the guys whole point, hope you can survive when all is said and done, good luck
  • Announcement (19/04/2020, 23:33) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am seeing persons willing to assist others who are crying out for food for their household and children and that is so admirable.

    However, contacting police to be on the road or using your pass other than for what it was intended is defeating the purpose of staying at home. You can easily be spreading the virus to others (symptoms do not always show) especially not wearing your masks or others spreading it to you not wearing theirs.

    Pleased stop taking matters into your own hands and go to the Government's Facebook page for information on who to contact such as 852-7688 or telephone those who have approved delivery passes.

    Otherwise, this whole curfew is pointless and we all can be out and about.

    • Be Safe Don't Just Say It Do It (20/04/2020, 06:53) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      This woman did not leave her house and still tested positive for Coronavirus

      "No contact

      The only people Brummert had come in contact with were the pharmacist, her husband, who is temporarily living in a separate room, and a woman who volunteered to drop off groceries. Unfortunately, that woman later tested positive for COVID-19.

      “I barely had any contact,” she said. “I didn’t even touch her.” "
  • jah (20/04/2020, 00:20) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    2 m For food ? We on curfew till 2021 ? Thats to feed everyone in the BVi ? Wow
  • True (20/04/2020, 00:27) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    if 20,000 homes got basic food boxes of $100 that would cost $2mil so where's all the food every house?
  • Who need food (20/04/2020, 05:26) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    • Stop It (20/04/2020, 07:04) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      Stop trying to feed strong and healthy people, set them free let them go to work... Save that money to feed the sick and elderly... Stop it... Let go the of the fear.. thats how they controlling u.. So u can enslave the people...Come on Premier your wiser than that..
  • vinzen (20/04/2020, 05:42) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good morning, it is not called the system of calling stores food house by house so that people receive food, how they will receive food and calling a number that does not work.
    • question (20/04/2020, 07:16) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
      Is it a pre standard order that the government gave the super markets, so the super markets just go around and drop off a package to each house?
  • upset (20/04/2020, 06:31) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Please think it takes employees to deliver food it requires transport it requires gas safety has to be put in place $2m is a comfortable number the problem is because one person for not get themself checked it has caused these islands a fatality,an extra week of lockdown and before it is over close to $5m in funding so please let us be vigilant in our actions and pull together God bless
  • @vinzen (20/04/2020, 06:37) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply

    This is crazy I’m calling too and no one answering.
    Send out some trucks with the food supplies and go district by district if I don’t get fine but at least we could see you working for the people. Pack a bag of stuff and we will be thankful. I have an elderly at home that needs basic items . Come on man this is stupidness

  • tretretrete (20/04/2020, 06:47) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    $40-$60 for delivery from some of these places? When you have no options and literary HAVE to use delivery. That is highway robbery........
  • @son of the soil (20/04/2020, 06:55) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Please stop your crap and don’t put Doctor Smith in your mess. Time to let go and let God. If this government was looking out for its people they wouldn’t put numbers for people to call and no one to answer. Use common sense if they cared they would pack stuff and take it district to district, house to house so use your head . If they cared about people would they be thinking of adding 7% tax to poor people sending money at this time when there’s a pandemic and no one working. People are already stress and bringing more stress if that’s a government that care I wouldn’t like to see the worse , give the ndp a break. Mind you I’m not a member of no party just giving my opinion.
    • small island (20/04/2020, 09:47) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      I had the same thought. There needs to be a community/house to house inquirey as the most vulnerable people are the most in need and may not be well enough, have communication, others arouned them...etc, to be able to reach out for themselves. Personally, I feel this current approach is well meant but misguided and the really needy people will fall further behind.
  • Preparedness (20/04/2020, 07:46) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    Although I worked for way less than a lot of people I always put something aside for a rainy day I know I am a single parent,I remember my mom telling us always save for a rainy day the rainy day is here now. I remember when I buying my 5$ and 10$ clothes outside stores display I have be ridicule and laugh at but I don’t put my hat where my hand cannot reach. Everyone else buying there Gucci and Coach just want to be in things I didn’t followed, in the back of my mind I know these kind of days were coming but I just didn’t know when .I planned and prepared now I can take care of myself at least for 1 year and beyond if necessary without a job. The only thing I splurged on was food.Now I am reaping the reward one less person that have to depend on government.
  • GG (20/04/2020, 08:34) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    The greatest set up for the biggest depression
    That survivalist comment is on to something and Intel person y'all don't believe it until it happen but you know what yo Jesus Christ never happen but there you go clinging on to him huh.
    We down the chains have a lot to deal with for the boil down of this fraud scenario
  • hungry (20/04/2020, 12:07) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    I miss the chicken bus at the roundabout. Simpler times
  • Rick (20/04/2020, 15:58) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Gov it's easy for you to say cause you'll get what u need easily and don't have to worry or wait. I'm paying for my own groceries and it's going to take more than 72 hrs before I get them and it's a possibility I wouldn't get all what I want. Got children wondering how much longer.

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