Got TIPS or BREAKING NEWS? Please call 1-284-442-8000 direct/can also WhatsApp same number or Email ALL news to:newsvino@outlook.com;                               ads call 1-284-440-6666

'If I had my way the curfew would have increased!'- Premier Fahie

- said persons need to be reminded that COVID-19 is still a threat
Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1), right, seen here alongside Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael E. Georges, has defended the ongoing three-hour curfew in the Virgin Islands, stating that persons need to be reminded that COVID-19 is still a threat. Photo: VINO
The Imposition of a new Curfew Order (No.3), 2021, for the Virgin Islands, came into force today, February 11, 2021 at 2:00 am. Photo: VINO/File
The Imposition of a new Curfew Order (No.3), 2021, for the Virgin Islands, came into force today, February 11, 2021 at 2:00 am. Photo: VINO/File
It was only yesterday, February 10, 2021, that the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) disclosed that two persons were charged on January 30, 2021, for breach of curfew. Photo: VINO/File
It was only yesterday, February 10, 2021, that the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) disclosed that two persons were charged on January 30, 2021, for breach of curfew. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has defended the ongoing three-hour curfew in the Virgin Islands, stating that persons need to be reminded that COVID-19 is still a threat.

Addressing the issue at a press conference during the AstraZeneca vaccine rollout today, Thursday, February 11, 2021, Premier Fahie said: “COVID-19 is not over, and if I had my way, which I know would cause a stir, the curfew would have increased!”

He explained: “Because at the end of the day with some of what is happening and with some of our people not adhering to some of the measures that you are seeing, we realise that some of us have gotten comfortable and not adhering to the fact that we have to be more careful. So it is a sign to let our people know that we are not out of the woods and for us to reduce it or remove it will be up to us.”

Some persons are not abiding!

It was only yesterday, February 10, 2021, that the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) disclosed that two persons were charged on January 30, 2021, for breach of curfew.

“Yes we have a lot of people abiding by the six feet, the masks etc., but we still do have some not abiding by it, and COVID-19 only takes one. It takes a lot of work and resources to bring the COVID-19 cases down now to eight confirm active cases but eight cases nonetheless and that has nothing to do with other areas that may exist in terms of people being asymptomatic, so you never know. So we have to be more careful. There are areas that we have gotten complaints about where late nights certain activities are happening, and persons are going there without masks.”

Honourable Fahie informed that the Social Distancing Task Force and the Police have started visiting those places more, “because if you do not address these areas and be more strict on them and put more measures in place to help people police themselves, then before you know it, some things slip through the cracks and then one person has it and then two persons and then we are up in numbers and then we have to close down.”

He said it would cost the government between $3 -4 million “on the low side just to close this territory one a day for government, not overall.

“So we are talking about millions of dollars one person can cost us, so if we can continue to put measures in place to give them a clear indication that we are not out of the woods as yet, that is what we are going to do. Now it is not going to be popular to some, but we cannot let the perfect be the enemy of the greater good,” he added.

New Curfew Order

The Imposition of a new Curfew Order (No.3), 2021, came into force today, February 11, 2021, at 2:00 am.

According to the Order (no.3), 2021, the curfew is for the purposes of controlling, suppressing or preventing the spread of COVID-19 and for the protection of all persons within the Territory.

The Order is valid until Thursday, February 25, 2021.

25 Responses to “'If I had my way the curfew would have increased!'- Premier Fahie”

  • Get vaccinated now! (11/02/2021, 14:19) Like (0) Dislike (20) Reply
    So anyone with vaccine does not have to abide by curfew anymore.
    • That's your Priority (11/02/2021, 15:03) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
      Thought you would say if you had your way you make the virus go away and bring back our tourism industry from St Thomas and St Johns Who took it all away,,,, Speak good and positive things and God would be with you,,,
    • Joshua (11/02/2021, 16:54) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
      I believe that you are a man GVNow. Even though my training tell me you are more likely a woman. Women tend to be more informed and educated. We can not wait for government to tell us everything we must do research for ourselves. The vaccine can not prevent one from getting the virus. It helps however if you do catch it. The virus we are now taking does little to the new strains that are coming online. Hence the reason Africa and Brazil are still searching. That is the reason why I will not take the vaccine. The fact the it is not mandatory for health care workers says that they are more informed and the majority will not take. Just recently two nurses participated in the US and within 6 min one was dead and two weeks for the other. I life is too valuable for an experiment. The recovery rate to those who do catch it is really high. So why experiment on something that has not been proven. It is your life.
  • SMH (11/02/2021, 14:22) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    WTH
    • Oh my darling............. (11/02/2021, 16:44) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
      No community spread of Covid-19. All documented cases are imported and in quarantine upon arrival in the Territory. If there was 1 single active case, which was the result of community spread, the curfew would be justifiable. But not if there is no community spread.
  • In the Premier we trust (11/02/2021, 14:29) Like (6) Dislike (31) Reply
    Just see, in The UK things are out of control in the way COVID-19 is managed!

    The Hon. Andrew Fahie is the best leader we have in these trying times! I say 4 more years! Let that cause a stir! The naysayers caught up on the wrong things.

    2 terms for a well deserved and proven leadership!! VIP will see us through this dark times!
    • Opi (11/02/2021, 19:13) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      Might be wise to reserve opinions about his leadership,pending the COI findings.
  • Don’t mind the talk (11/02/2021, 14:39) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    Thank you Hon. Fahie along with the Government for doing what was needed to be done. The so far plans worked. Don’t let the ignorance of certain people make you or any of the Government feels any different. I’m happy we didn’t follow what other places were doing and did what we had to do; With the leadership of the Government and by we the mature understanding people of the community we’ve done a so far good job. Don’t let the annoying nosing especially from A particular Community activist.
  • west (11/02/2021, 15:10) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply

    3 Hour curfew don't even make no sense.

  • GG (11/02/2021, 15:38) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Uncle Fahie you going on bad mon lol
  • smfh (11/02/2021, 16:11) Like (20) Dislike (7) Reply
    Pure fear mongering!!!!!!!! Florida has been back to normal 3 months now, no masks, events, do you see their hospitals overwhelmed or more people dying than usual?
    • SMH (12/02/2021, 07:20) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Florida just filled with ratchet and unlawful people! It physically looks back to normal but actually far from. The last time you’ll asked us to follow St. Lucia, St. Thomas etc and we didn’t look at those places now!! Why we have to always follow somewhere else? Why we can’t just do what we have to do? If you want the Florida turn-up lifestyle for God sake just go to Florida
    • Lies (12/02/2021, 07:35) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      That’s a lie everyone is wearing mask
    • reddz (12/02/2021, 10:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Please I don’t know where you’re getting your information from but I’ll tell you check before you spread lies.
  • control (11/02/2021, 17:11) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    Well glad you don’t have your way because dat don’t make sense. Crime is happening high day, COVID is invisible, so why the contemplation of a curfew extension
  • musa (11/02/2021, 17:22) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Honourable premier you is our leader please lead & not fellow .
  • GG (11/02/2021, 20:50) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Well if it's not your way can you please tell us who's way it is Bill Gates Andrew
  • Umm (12/02/2021, 06:49) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Isnt this the same person who said he wouldnt be bullied into something he doesnt want to do?

    I cant with this dude.
  • Really? (12/02/2021, 07:17) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    What it have so badly out there after 1am 2am 3am 4am that people just find a need to be out? What’s so wrong in a early night home and chill?
    • What? (12/02/2021, 08:21) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      well if there's nothin out there to do why the hell you mandating that I must stay at home. we are free people . Slavery done long time!!
  • Hmmm he seems scared (12/02/2021, 08:55) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    Seems scared
  • Lets go (12/02/2021, 10:24) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    12.00 am to 5:00 am. Let go new curfew hours. Nothing to do anyhow after 12;00am.
  • abuse of power (15/02/2021, 08:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This curfew does nothing to stop Corvid, it is a simple abuse of power restricting our rights of free movement. I didn't know Corvid was only spreadable between 2am and 5am.


Create a comment


Create a comment

Disclaimer: Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) welcomes your thoughts, feedback, views, bloggs and opinions. However, by posting a blogg you are agreeing to post comments or bloggs that are relevant to the topic, and that are not defamatory, liable, obscene, racist, abusive, sexist, anti-Semitic, threatening, hateful or an invasion of privacy. Violators may be excluded permanently from making contributions. Please view our declaimer above this article. We thank you in advance for complying with VINO's policy.

Weather


Follow Us On

Disclaimer: All comments posted on Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) are the sole views and opinions of the commentators and or bloggers and do not in anyway represent the views and opinions of the Board of Directors, Management and Staff of Virgin Islands News Online and its parent company.