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Immediate $100 & $1000 fines for breaking COVID-19 guidelines

- Business fine will also come with suspended trade licence, Premier Fahie said
The Government of the Virgin Islands (VI) is adopting a zero-tolerance approach to those who break COVID-19 guidelines via immediate fines. Photo: VINO/File
Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has emphasised there will be zero tolerance towards persons breaking COVID-19 guidelines. Photo: Facebook
Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has emphasised there will be zero tolerance towards persons breaking COVID-19 guidelines. Photo: Facebook
Governor of the Virgin Islands (VI) H.E Augustus J.U Jasper has announced that instead of a full 24/7 lockdown of the territory, the Government will instead opt for a new curfew order that will run from 1:01 pm to 5:00 am daily. Photo: GIS/Facebook
Governor of the Virgin Islands (VI) H.E Augustus J.U Jasper has announced that instead of a full 24/7 lockdown of the territory, the Government will instead opt for a new curfew order that will run from 1:01 pm to 5:00 am daily. Photo: GIS/Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Government of the Virgin Islands (VI) is adopting a zero-tolerance approach to those who break COVID-19 guidelines and has announced immediate fines for persons and businesses in violation, both Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) and Governor Augustus J.U Jaspert stated today, September 1, 2020.

While not opting for a 24-hour lockdown due to significant economic costs, Mr Jaspert said a new phase of the VI’s handling of the pandemic will commence, where adopting acceptable behaviours will be the new agenda.

The announcement comes as the Territory was advised to prepare for a 24/7 lockdown of the Territory, following a spike in COVID-19 cases; however, a new 1:00 pm to 5:00 am hard lockdown instead will go into effect from tomorrow, September 2, 2020, for the next 14-days.

"The Law is being changed to remove warning for first offenders. If you are found to be breaking the curfew or failing to wear a face mask or social distance, you could be issued a fine on the spot - $100 for individuals and $1000 for businesses," Governor Jaspert said. 

Closure of businesses not following COVID-19 guidelines 

Businesses can also face being shut down if they fail to enforce social distancing measures, both the Premier and Governor announced in their COVID-19 update today. 

Other measures include the prohibition of group gatherings and limited hours of business is for essential trips only.

Beaches will close at 12:00 pm, opening for exercise only and to ensure persons return home by 1:00 pm. Schools will remain closed pending reviews every two weeks; however, teachers will have access to classrooms to prepare learning materials, the Governor said. 

Finally, Governor Jaspert said the RVIPF will embark on enhancing police enforcement and an enhanced social monitoring taskforce to visit public places and business establishment.

More details to come.

51 Responses to “Immediate $100 & $1000 fines for breaking COVID-19 guidelines ”

  • Tyranny (01/09/2020, 13:36) Like (43) Dislike (55) Reply
    So y’all going kill us with these mask knowing the effects of the mask ? That mask gives me headaches and makes me feel dizzy, fine me cause I rather live to pay the fine rather than die knowing I was killing my damn self l
    • cry baby (01/09/2020, 15:05) Like (56) Dislike (15) Reply
      Stop being such a cry baby. If masks are that dangerous why is it that a surgeon can wear them for hours performing critical procedures and be perfectly fine? Unless someone can convince me that a 10 minute walk around Riteway or One mart places more stress on the body than operating on another human for 8 hours, you all need to quit your whining and just wear the damn masks.
    • BIM (01/09/2020, 16:05) Like (31) Dislike (6) Reply
      All u have to do is stay your ass home
    • @&$ (01/09/2020, 16:38) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
      Then STAY HOME! You don’t need a mask there ...
    • Underlying conditions... (02/09/2020, 10:08) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      If wearing the mask gives you headaches and makes you feel dizzy, chances are that you could have an underlying condition whereby oxygen is not getting to your cells effectively. You honestly should get that checked out sooner rather than later. As someone else on here said already, surgeons, construction workers, firefighters and others routinely wear masks without it being an issue so if it is for you, be proactive, find out what is the underlying reason causing your headaches (it's not the mask because others wear them without issue) and take charge of your health.
  • wow (01/09/2020, 13:41) Like (26) Dislike (43) Reply
    Why the minister of health don’t wear his mask when he walking around in town ? He well know these mask are filled with germs but y’all wanna kill the people because they believe in y’all and lacks wisdom
  • What happens (01/09/2020, 13:42) Like (44) Dislike (21) Reply
    What happens if I fall down from the mask can I sue ? I need money especially since y’all ain’t giving out the stimulus
  • Serious (01/09/2020, 13:43) Like (6) Dislike (19) Reply
    I hope those penalty is just word ah mouth
  • huh (01/09/2020, 13:47) Like (10) Dislike (36) Reply
    What about us who don’t wear mask because of our religious beliefs ?
  • suggestion (01/09/2020, 13:56) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    For those who don’t wish to wear masks, I assume a face shield can be used. Cut up a coke bottle and make it a DIY project if you prefer to cut costs.
    • lol (01/09/2020, 16:14) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      A coke bottle? Really? Can't wait to see your DIY project, forgive me if I lol.
    • @ suggestion (01/09/2020, 16:26) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
      Face shield alone is ineffective since the germs can go under and to the side. A mast must be worn with the face shield.
  • get serious (01/09/2020, 13:57) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    Give some capble health workers the power to give ticket also...
  • Eagle Eye (01/09/2020, 14:06) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
    How much f... time y'all plan to restart this curfew. All now no stimulus while trying to take from people who isn't working. What luck it is for the ministers of government that the people who is the majority don't think and fight.Covid isn't going anyplace soon and it was the governments security failure and now trying to impose fines.locking down all the time is not the answer because clearly its a financial strain with y'all getting full salaries unlike 70% of the the country.Covid has a very low death rate unlike Aids Ebola etc and should be treated as such.
  • Jay (01/09/2020, 14:11) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    that why they invented face shields
    • @ Jay (01/09/2020, 19:14) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Face shield do not prevent the virus from making its way around the sides and under the mask.

      Look up how doctors wear’s with a mask.
  • Hmm (01/09/2020, 14:15) Like (3) Dislike (12) Reply
    The mask itches my face and makes me sweat. Stores need to turn up their ac if they expect us to shop past necessities
    • @hmmm (01/09/2020, 17:49) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      Well stay at home then ! Ventilation helps reduce the airborne virus levels.
  • Teacher (01/09/2020, 14:19) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    Mr fahye as the premier at least you did something to help to keep this thing and people in some order if they donot want topay a fine they will do the right thing it is time the BVI Government take a stand you have to cover the country this should help stop what is going on the time od the COVID 19 is good people stay in side donot entain no additional persons in your homes the law enforcements members are checking and they are doing very good ckeck but be on your Ps andQs in helping keep the peace
    • rewrsdffds (01/09/2020, 16:06) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Teacher - if you a teacher with all of that bad grammar, our children are in serious trouble.

      @VG Redsinet- just WOW. Get a dictionary or do a spell check before posting. Geeze- making VG look bad
  • WHAT!!!! (01/09/2020, 14:19) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    More rules that won’t be enforced.
  • My My (01/09/2020, 14:48) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Now you can see who wasn't wearing masks from these comments u don't want no one read and spell for u because there is a penilty u hear all kinds of issues nonsense
  • tretretrete (01/09/2020, 14:59) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    The statement about the masks needs to be clarified. Are we expected to wear a mask when there is absolutely no one around us (e.g. driving in your car alone)? If that is the case, the decision needs to be revisited and tweaked.
    • @hmmm (01/09/2020, 21:52) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      If I am driving alone in my car, I don’t wear the mask. I put on the mask when I get to where I am going or to enter any business place. If no one is around I will raise the mask up from my chin for a few seconds to get some fresh air.
  • next (01/09/2020, 14:59) Like (17) Dislike (4) Reply
    a bunch of foolish people you rather die than wear masks ⁵government cannot please everyone
  • wondering (01/09/2020, 15:19) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    Are clubs and restaurants to be open for this new partial lock down? Is take out ok? why is there so much confusion?
    Two different 2 page notices were published, it seems people are only reading one of these and assuming restaurants can be open, but the other guideline does not mention restaurants and clubs at all. Please clarify
    • Really (01/09/2020, 15:45) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
      people seem to find it hard to follow basic instructions all businesses that are on the previous curfew are still allowed to operate that means restaurants can open for takeout/delivery only. NO CLUBS how hard is it to follow???
    • @ wondering (01/09/2020, 19:23) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      You really think after this outbreak that clubs would be aloud to open? No, they are not.

      Restaurants are only allowed take out and to the restaurants - please stop allowing your customers to sit outside and eat. Let them leave the premises.
  • So (01/09/2020, 15:36) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    are restaurants and take out and clubs allowed to open?
  • Hope (01/09/2020, 15:43) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    Well I hope they enforce it and also hope they shut down the hairdressers that still operate even when they are not supposed to and post daily on Facebook, take their trade license
    • Local (01/09/2020, 22:18) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      @hope hairdressers should be allowed to open thats one of the only places that make sure their clients and hairdressers themselves wear mask and face shield, so if western union and super markets can open they should be allowed to also .
  • Hmm (01/09/2020, 15:49) Like (27) Dislike (11) Reply
    Wearing mask still not doing us good, people already can't breathe in it and dropping down. What about those who are asthmatic, pregnant, have problems with there heart, or older in there 50s to 80s,
    I too sure the government ain't think on all of that all he care about is fine people.

    We can't be wearing mask all the time its hard to breathe in. Think on all of this before opening yall mouth.
    • home (01/09/2020, 20:48) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      @hmmm, then the simplest thing for all in those categories you mentioned is to stay home.
  • Anti Maskers (01/09/2020, 16:03) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Anyone not wearing their mask when they should be should be placed into immediate quarantine and tested as an infection risk, as they are placing the rest of the community at risk with their stupidity. Maybe after a few of the nasal tests they will realise what being uncomfortable really feels like.
  • question (01/09/2020, 16:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Was trust companies on the list to open? Any trust company person can answer
  • secrets (01/09/2020, 17:03) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    And if you can’t pay immediately? Guess it’s right ofF to jail. So much for rights and a judicial system. Careful folks a banana republic is coming. Be better off with UK here. People are noticing Andrew
  • GG (01/09/2020, 17:10) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ teacher. My my you way off. Your grammar. No comma nothing.
  • prayer (01/09/2020, 17:47) Like (3) Dislike (10) Reply
    You people ask for no lock down now you are getting as you wish so why all the fuss about wearing the necessary mask which is for our own health benefits. Just wear the damn mask. Good lord.
  • Serious (01/09/2020, 18:02) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    I want to refers my comment I ment I hope d penalty is serious and not just word ah mouth
  • About Civil Servants (01/09/2020, 18:11) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Are they working 8 to 12..? Just asking..
  • You People (01/09/2020, 18:29) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Is never satisfied with anything. You guys were spared the locking down, you can roam free like birds. Now you are complaining about having to wear a mask or get fined. If a child is not wearing a mask in public, slap a fine on the parents.
    • @ Your People (01/09/2020, 19:10) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      NOT SO FAST - You are ONLY to go out for ESSENTIAL PURPOSES.

      NO ROAMING! Cows and dogs roam and spread ticks....don’t roam and spread the virus.
  • BOO HOO (02/09/2020, 10:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    If you don't like wearing a mask, find it causes outbreaks, some kind of strange religious belief or whatever your excuse for non compliance for wearing
    a mask then STAY THE F AT HOME. it's that easy
    Wish they had implemented the fines earlier AND please si I brace fine people , the only way to make people do the right thing is apparently hit them where it hurts. Just like border control , fine them big and mandatory jail time. We all need to live with this new normal get past this and get our economy back on track
  • PROCEDURES FOR MASKS (02/09/2020, 10:25) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    7. (1) Subject to this section, every person shall wear a face mask, at all times when in a public place, including at any establishment, gatherings and on public transportation.

    (2) Subsection (1) shall not apply where a person is

    (a) in open air settings and maintains a physical distance of no less than six feet from any other person who may be nearby;
    (b) driving alone, or is with members of his or her household;
    (c) obtaining services at a healthcare facility, including hospitals, medical or dental clinics, pharmacies, elderly facilities, facilities providing veterinary care or similar services for animals, and is directed by an employee at the healthcare facility to remove his or her face mask or face shield;
    (d) is consuming food or drinks;
    (e) in an assigned office, which consists of an enclosed room and is not shared by other persons;
    (f) at an assigned office space and physical distancing protocols specified to in section 6 are being adhered to; or
    (g) required to remove the mask or face shield in order to ascertain his or her identity or for security purposes.

    (3) A face shield may be worn instead of a face mask by the following persons:

    (a) a child twelve years and under, who may have difficulty wearing a face mask for a prolonged period;
    (b) a person who has a health conditions which may cause breathing or medical difficulties if the person wears a face mask for a prolonged period;
    (c) a person who has intellectual and developmental disabilities;
    (d) a person who care for those who rely on lip reading to communicate;
    (e) a person who is speaking to a group in a classroom or lecture-style setting;
    (f) a person delivering a television broadcasts, in a safe and controlled environment where the physical distancing protocols and sanitisation measures specified in section 6 are being adhered to throughout the recording or filming process.

    (4) Every establishment including offices, businesses and organisations shall ensure that all staff and customers wear a face mask or face shield, as the case may be, when inside, or in line, to access goods or services at the establishment and shall ensure that the measures specified in subsection (5) are adhered to.

    (5) For the purposes of subsection (4), every establishment shall ensure that all staff wear a face mask when

    (a) physical distancing protocols cannot in a particular circumstance be adhered to;
    (b) providing good or services in an enclosed location;
    (c) performing work off-site, such as delivery services; or
    (d) working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others.
  • enforcement (02/09/2020, 16:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This law is a joke and wont be enforced. Name one law in the BVI that is rigorously enforced? I cant even find police on this rock lol they ain gonna fine nobody.
  • No boundaries (02/09/2020, 21:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    @hum religious belief dont wear it and make it worst if you dont have a personal relationship with your God. Which one would be worst. No mask no life fire will burn
  • Slap (02/09/2020, 21:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Slap on the wrist

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