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If you have a crowded bar, 'you picking on yourself'– Hon Malone

- said Environmental Health Division is doing what is required to keep the people safe & the economy open
On the heels of two bars being ordered closed and $1,000 fines issued over the past weekend, Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Carvin Malone (AL) said bar owners are picking on themselves when they allow their establishments to be overcrowded. Photo: VINO/File
Hon Carvin Malone said what is facing the territory is the potential of another spike such as what was experienced recently, where more than 1600 persons tested positive for COVID-19, and 36 persons died. Photo: Getty Images/File
Hon Carvin Malone said what is facing the territory is the potential of another spike such as what was experienced recently, where more than 1600 persons tested positive for COVID-19, and 36 persons died. Photo: Getty Images/File
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI- On the heels of two bars being ordered closed and $1,000 fines issued over the past weekend, Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Carvin Malone (AL) said bar owners are picking on themselves when they allow their establishments to be overcrowded.

The minister was speaking directly to critics who claimed that the authorities were picking on bars.

The Environmental Health Division had said the bars were fined and shut because they were overcrowded and no social distancing was being practised.

“The bars are saying that we are picking on them, we are not picking on them really because if we have 200 people in a crowded space, you picking on yourself,” Hon Malone said while being interviewed by the host of the Honestly Speaking radio programme, Mr Claude O. Skelton Cline on ZBVI 780AM on September 14, 2021.

“When you [patrons] are done, you go back home, your kid goes to school, your wife or husband goes to work, you go to church, you go to all of the unsuspecting places. Persons then who did not know because you are only going to have a number of people be identified only when travelling, people would provide contact traces, and people identify as local cases; we have issues,” he remarked.

Don’t want your money

Hon Malone said persons may not appreciate what the Chief Environmental Health Officer is doing but it is what is required to keep the people safe and the economy open.

“The reason why we are talking the way we talk is because at the end of the day we had to put two $1,000 fines. The institutions are basically not best friends with the Chief Environmental Health Officer because we have to get folks to understand that this is not wanting your $1,000, it is not wanting your $10,000, it is about keeping our economy open, making sure that it is fully adhered to, so the bars, the nightclubs, all of them they want to open up for longer periods,” he pleaded.

Hon Malone said what is facing the territory is the potential of another spike such as what was experienced recently, where more than 1600 persons tested positive for COVID-19, and 36 persons died.

21 Responses to “If you have a crowded bar, 'you picking on yourself'– Hon Malone”

  • nonsense (16/09/2021, 09:37) Like (23) Dislike (25) Reply

    The Supermarkets are the biggest risk for spread as the carts are not sanitized and multiple people are touching the shelves and products all day without any sanitization. Who are these guys fooling? None of the high society owns bars so they don't give a ****. Do you think they would shut down a crowded supermarket or restaurant? Never!

    • to nonsense (16/09/2021, 14:00) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
      Since you pointed out the shopping carts are you aware that Riteway, One Mart and Bobbys have workers that sanitise the shopping carts routinely? Dispite that I walk with my own Lysol wipes to wipe the cart down before I use it. What are we as customers doing to protect ourselves and do our part?
    • HAHA (17/09/2021, 07:52) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      what a fool. the biggest risk? supermarkets everyone is wearing masks. The clubs are not.
    • @nonsense (17/09/2021, 11:42) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Covid transmission from surfaces is a myth. Scientists have known this for a year. Educate yourself.
  • NezRez (16/09/2021, 09:54) Like (39) Dislike (11) Reply
    Mr. Malone, stick to your guns and don't mind these whiny crybaby club owners. They know the rules like everyone else and choose not to adhere to them. You are correct, they are picking on themselves acting as though they are above everyone else who are following the rules. They were given the chance to re-open and this is how they act? Now they are feeling it in their pocket, they are crying foul play. The only thing foul is them allowing this nonsense to go on in their establishments and endangering others. SMDH!
    • ... (16/09/2021, 11:37) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
      sadly these are bar owners making noise...persons with nightclub trade licenses can't open..
  • pay up (16/09/2021, 11:42) Like (40) Dislike (9) Reply
    Sir, u r absolutely right stick to your guns. They don’t obey the protocol in place to combat this Covid, then SHUT THEM DOWN!!
  • Stop picking of the Few. (16/09/2021, 12:26) Like (9) Dislike (8) Reply
    We all know they only picking on a few People. So many estaBlishments, Bar, Rest, Supermarket, etc are crowded on weekends and we all can name them....Dont understand why u dont let the people who trying to make an honest living be...
  • Strrrrruuuuuupppppesssss (16/09/2021, 13:14) Like (3) Dislike (18) Reply
    Stop taking bread out ppl mouth!!!!
  • Shameful (16/09/2021, 13:21) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
    Why people keep saying clubs,,, THE CLUBS ARE CLOSED, imagine this BS clubs still getting blame when they closed and following the protocol. Open is a problem close and still a problem, what did the clubs do being closed again?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
  • WOW (16/09/2021, 13:29) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yes, the bars and CLUBS know the protocol and if you break the protocol you know the results can be deadly for everyone, so find them. But it’s unfair to know that clubs are closed club owners have been following the protocol, they doors have been closed for months still paying bills and still getting blamed regardless of being closed.
  • hahah (16/09/2021, 13:32) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    The schools open and wat i sa by the high school i was like dammm look like a ants ness how them jam right uppp
    • Well (17/09/2021, 07:53) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      I rather see the ants nest to EDUCATION than the ants nest to JIRATE. FOH
  • We are in this together (16/09/2021, 13:33) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    All establishments should be find for not following protocol.
  • What spike (16/09/2021, 15:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    He and his health team didn’t respond to the last spike til it was well over 800 infections. They probably wanted to prove who don’t hear does feel and we did feel 36 souls in our makazuma. Andrew only came out with the Health after 12 angels flew to heaven. Oh my I forgot. Will me. “We’re in this together “
  • watch (16/09/2021, 18:49) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Sure the clubs are technically closed but the private " house " parties still going on and the stripper traffic back and forth from the USVI still going strong .
  • Crs (16/09/2021, 19:48) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well if your worried about shopping carts, just think about how many times all that cash changes hands.
  • maryosie (17/09/2021, 00:04) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Extraordinary post! I didn't knowral of these assets and I will go look at them now! fall guys
  • Mold (17/09/2021, 09:18) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    So what about MOLDS Infestation in the SCHOOLS and WORK places and these MOLD infested APARTMENTs whose job is it to inspect these places if we all care about a healthy environment let’s do it all around


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