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'Overcrowded' Paraquita Bay bar ordered closed

- CEHO says people acting like there’s no COVID in VI
A bar in Paraquita Bay was ordered closed for allegedly breaching COVID-19 protocols as mandated by Government. Photo:
Chief Environmental Health Officer Mr Lionel E. Michael said the bar was overcrowded and patrons were not social distancing. Photo: Team of Reporters
Chief Environmental Health Officer Mr Lionel E. Michael said the bar was overcrowded and patrons were not social distancing. Photo: Team of Reporters
PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI- Chief Environmental Health Officer Mr Lionel E. Michael, along with the assistance of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), closed down another popular bar for alleged breach of the social distancing protocols as mandated by the Government.

“People were not six feet apart; the place was overcrowded,” Mr Michael said.

A fixed penalty ticket of $1,000 was issued for the bar located in Paraquita Bay for the violation last night, Sunday, September 12, 2021.

No regard for COVID-19 measures

“We are seeing a total disregard for the measures in the bars that are allowed to open at this time. Most importantly, the bar owner, the manager needs to introduce measures to manage the crowd and do not exceed the gathering number, which is 50. It is important that we do this in the VI because we do not want to have another outbreak of COVID-19, and the way things are going now, it seems like we are going to have another one because people are acting as if there is no COVID-19,” he said.

He then issued a warning to bar owners to follow the Government’s rules because the Social Distancing Taskforce will be monitoring and issuing fines as the need arises.

Spanish bar closed

Just on Saturday, September 11, 2021, a well-known bar in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, had to be closed for being in breach of the government’s COVID-19 control and suppression measures for social distancing.

That bar was also fined $1,000 for the violation.

Mr Michael also said on September 8, 2021, a bar was also closed in Anegada and was fined $1,000 for not enforcing the social distancing protocols and wearing of masks.

Next Steps

“The procedure upon issuing a fixed penalty ticket for a business place includes (1) that they close, (2) that training takes place with the management and staff of the protocols and the measures followed by implementation of the measures and re-inspection and evaluation of the business to determine whether they can open. I don’t know how long that would take,” Mr Michael stated.

42 Responses to “'Overcrowded' Paraquita Bay bar ordered closed ”

  • Bouncer (13/09/2021, 08:10) Like (24) Dislike (7) Reply
    Chicken and junior off the hook?
    • Madussa (13/09/2021, 19:24) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
      Here is a simple solution to bars being open. Let's see how mature people can be. Each table should only hold 2 people, each table should be 6 feet apart, bar stools should allow only 2 people like couples next to each other and every other 2 stools be 6 feet apart and so on, no standing or hanging around the bar between seated people, no overcrowding, after the allowed amount of people are inside, everything after that is "TAKE OUT". This mature approach can work if the owners make it so.
  • government of the day (13/09/2021, 08:12) Like (34) Dislike (12) Reply
    • Local (13/09/2021, 12:44) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply

      Agreed. On weekends J****** does be full of people and going u to late. These are the bars that help spreading these things. The authorities need to check it out on a weekend.

    • Jones (13/09/2021, 13:04) Like (2) Dislike (19) Reply
      Keep the churches closed - they spread more than just the covid virus, they are a virus onto themselves that have helped to keep the world back
      • @Jones (13/09/2021, 23:23) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply

        Please stfu if u don't have nothing good to say. When people goes to church, they have a forehead thermometer to check their temperature before entering the building, and after that their hands are being sanitize and they're socially distance when taking their seats while keeping their mask on. Unlike some bars, they don't do sh**... all they tell u is no mask no entry. There's never no social distancing, everybody having fun and forgetting the protocols. So therefore, ALL bars should close.

  • smith from PPA (13/09/2021, 08:15) Like (22) Dislike (11) Reply
    These spanish people and english whoremongers wanna wipe us out with covid it seems.....RISKING ALL OF OUR LIVES....I say close them all
    • OR... (13/09/2021, 10:06) Like (13) Dislike (11) Reply
      you could all get vaccinated and have a 99.5% chance of not dying if you get covid
  • good (13/09/2021, 08:18) Like (19) Dislike (6) Reply
    Close um all
  • Well Sir (13/09/2021, 08:22) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
    When will these people learn boddy
  • Yes (13/09/2021, 08:25) Like (19) Dislike (6) Reply
    yess fine them!!!!!!!!!!!! they all think they above the laws
  • Lb (13/09/2021, 08:29) Like (10) Dislike (21) Reply
    He and the fake Bajan need to get a life. I wonder what they will do to try to stay relevant when this pandemic is over? Reminds of the needs who got bullied in school or weren't in the in crowd and finally as adults they hey a lil position.
    • @Lb (13/09/2021, 09:57) Like (8) Dislike (27) Reply

      You are correct! They're not in the churches or supermarkets checking but harrassing the bars. Close them and pay them to remain closed until COVID decides it will stop spreading then. I don't understand how a bar is supposed to operate with distancing and masks on, it makes no @$%^ sense. I agree with the capacity being maxed at 50 but all the other stuff is just foolish. The focus needs to be on lifestyle changes and having health facilities ready for the inevitable 2nd wave.

      • Lucy (13/09/2021, 15:26) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
        You are correct, they cannot operate with masks and social distancing. That is exactly why they need to stay closed. The people who own those bars go to work daily and some of the workers are here illegally. I passed that bar last night and was wondering if they are above the law and what is so special happening in there because I passed other bars along the way and they were not as crowded.
  • D (13/09/2021, 08:31) Like (23) Dislike (2) Reply
    Those bar ourner think them is the law no respect for law and order shame on them
  • Good News! (13/09/2021, 08:32) Like (35) Dislike (3) Reply
    Good news! Hopefully this will help keep COVID numbers down now we know the Delta variant is around.
    • @Good News (13/09/2021, 09:58) Like (9) Dislike (6) Reply
      You think closing a few 2x4 bars will stop COVID? People are still going to church, still going to the supermarket touching everything that 100 other people touched. When was the last time you saw a supermarket sanitize their shopping carts?
  • rum!!! & Kitty!!! (13/09/2021, 08:33) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    if certain things might cause harm within the community all of us should make a serious effort to play our role to prevent or minimize harm

    there is a time and place for everything when you were a child you behaved like a child now you become a man act like a man
  • Statement (13/09/2021, 08:45) Like (2) Dislike (84) Reply
    If you asked for vaccination cards at that gathering at the two bars you fined i guarantee at least 98% of the people were vaccinated, you are pushing for 75% papulation to vaccinate to open back the country but then when you go to bars and see people gathering don't ask to see if they are vaccinated or not, we understand you could still catch and spread Covid 19, but it supposedly it give you a 80% protection of layer against the virus, if its a harm for people who don't want to take the vaccine well that's on them. no matter how much proof and times you explain to unvaccinated they still wont do it, who don't hear would feel. GET VACCINATED this country needs to run freely again. AH!!!!!!!
  • tola (13/09/2021, 09:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Madussa (13/09/2021, 09:07) Like (45) Dislike (5) Reply
    Good for these IDIOTS! They think this is a joke??? Close down those night bars who think they are above the law!!! Wonderful work Mr. Michael and his crew.
  • Matthew (13/09/2021, 09:07) Like (106) Dislike (11) Reply
    They bars and night clubs should never have been allowed to reopen after the last outbreak. However, they were allowed to reopen and you are telling me the fine for breaching the rules is $1,000.00. Fine them $5,000.00 and you'll see they will abide by the rules.
  • One thousand?? (13/09/2021, 09:23) Like (30) Dislike (1) Reply
    A single man was fined 10k for breach of protocol. Why the heck these bars are only charged $1000.00? That’s a slap on their wrist. Charge them 5k to start and please continue checking our little 2x4 paradise without mercy. Protect your people PLEASE
  • KHOY (13/09/2021, 09:50) Like (18) Dislike (3) Reply
  • think people (13/09/2021, 09:53) Like (16) Dislike (4) Reply
    You selfish, stupid ignorant people that is pack up on each other in the bars drinking and then going home is putting your families in danger. You have children in the home why put them in danger. The virus is now targeting children. You want to drink, buy what you like to drink from the liquor store and cart your A**es at home and drink in your home.
  • The BVI (13/09/2021, 09:55) Like (26) Dislike (2) Reply
    so what happen to the one near the police station where the police can hear and see it all, opens way after curfew and is overcrowded with not one person wearing masks even the employee.
    This hand picking has to stop what goes for one should go for all, but who am I kidding is the BVI we live in.
  • Please don't forget that (13/09/2021, 10:03) Like (24) Dislike (1) Reply
    all strip tease bars need to be closed down permanently. Let people do there strip teasing acts in their inclosure away from peeping Toms, and shameless Jezebels
  • Hmm (13/09/2021, 10:22) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    This has been going on and on and still all the bars are being allowed to operate. Allow them to sell take out food and drinks only and no gathering at anytime. Thats my one cent.
  • 1000 (13/09/2021, 10:22) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    Yes matthew and others that fine is not enough please start putting the owners in JAIL.
  • Struppzzz (13/09/2021, 11:05) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    Y'all crying saying the country needs to open up, but If we don't continue to follow protocols, what's the sense of opening up fully? The people of the Bvi soo rebellious and when we end up back on curfew yall blaming government. The fines needs to be between
    5 - 10k. 1k is not enough.
  • Do like I do (13/09/2021, 11:52) Like (18) Dislike (3) Reply
    I give my husband all the strip tease acts and lap dances he need from the privacy and comfort of our bedroom. No stripper got anything on me when it comes to pleasing my husband.
    • @Do like I do (13/09/2021, 12:15) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      If my wife was on the same thinking level like you I would not be going to any damn strip clubs.
  • sea water (13/09/2021, 13:22) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    There ia a small church in pock wood pond that needs to close too , there no social distancing in there too
  • Chuh (13/09/2021, 13:27) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    If y'all really want the country to open back up and getting back to some type of normalcy... we gotta continue to follow protocols but with this attitude we will always be at square one. Smh
  • @ Do like I do (13/09/2021, 13:48) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Man shall not live by bread alone the novelty soon wear off then what. Don't mind me though spin pun yuh head dutty wine. This other joker admitting he going strip clubs because of wife...set ah pistarcle.
    • Do as I do again (13/09/2021, 15:59) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      @whoever you are I can care less nor do I care less about what you or anyone else thinks. And if the novelty wears off, we will cross that road when we get to it. Sounds to me that you are upset because I take care of my LEGAL HUSBAND WANTS AND NEEDS IN BED AT HOME RATHER THAN HIM GOING TO A STRIP CLUB TO GET HIS WANTS AND NEEDS THAT HE IS NOT GETTING AT HOME. NEED I SAY MORE. THE ONLY PISTARCLE
      I SEE IS YOU.
  • All people need to Eat. (13/09/2021, 14:44) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
    They only picking on certain Bars and certain people...Whats more crowded than super markets especially when they have sale..As for govt employees hardly anyone in Govt offices wearing mask...Civil Servants who are not taking the vaccine are the one spreading the virus, they are the only ones with sure salaries and money to spend flocking the clubs and the beach bars..Be fair and allow the people to work honestly to feed their families..
  • hggtrfedgfdg (13/09/2021, 14:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • another (13/09/2021, 16:56) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Please! Close these non-compliance bars and night clubs, FINE and SUSPEND their liquor License.
  • facts (14/09/2021, 13:54) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    We know that clubs are closed, bars and other business are open, fact, ok then , let’s close all the bars now, ALL in the BVI, This includes at restaurants, hotels, beach,resorts etc….. let the people life by bread alone… this will definitely stop the spread of this virus, this will help for everyone to stop fight about who takes the vaccine and who don’t, this will help the ever so falling economy, this will help bring back the tourism industry, and there will be no Covid in the world anymore because the Bvi have closed all night life, all entertainment, all clubs and bars closed, go ahead,do it, besides the Bvi is only known for churches and being holy over the years that is the reason it was named in the top 10 destination to visit. Don’t come together and start coming up with a plan and continue to blame the clubs and bars and all entertainment when it comes to clubs and bar. NO this virus was created in the bars and nightclubs so close them alll, Yoooo raaa ,Sarcastic , me never.
  • home boy (14/09/2021, 21:06) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The government is right, instead of closing all bars , deal with the bars that violate the protocol,I hate it when some of these people talk that nonsense about closing all bars, these people have to make a living too.

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