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SCB bar closed for alleged breach of COVID-19 protocols

- handed $1K ticket
A popular bar in Sea Cows Bay has been ordered closed for allegedly breaching the government’s COVID-19 control and suppression measures. Photo: VINO/File
Chief Environmental Health Officer Mr Lionel E. Michael, along with the assistance of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), halted operations last night, September 11, 2021, because there were allegedly no social distancing among the well-attended crowd at the bar in Sea Cows Bay. Photo: VINO/File
Chief Environmental Health Officer Mr Lionel E. Michael, along with the assistance of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), halted operations last night, September 11, 2021, because there were allegedly no social distancing among the well-attended crowd at the bar in Sea Cows Bay. Photo: VINO/File
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- A popular bar in Sea Cows Bay has been ordered closed for allegedly breaching the government’s COVID-19 control and suppression measures.

Chief Environmental Health Officer Mr Lionel E. Michael, along with the assistance of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), halted operations last night, September 11, 2021, because there were allegedly no social distancing among the well-attended crowd.

“Some of the customers were behaving hostile, cussing, using abusive language, and the owner of the bar was uncooperative. She took the ticket and slammed it on the counter. Is a good thing the police was there to give support,” Mr Michael said.

He also said on September 8, 2021, a bar was also closed in Anegada and was also fined $1,000 for not enforcing the social distancing 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,” he stated.


The CEHO left some parting advice to liquor selling establishments.

“My message to them is that bars should take concrete measures that the Government COVID-19 Control and Suppression Measures are adhered to. The hand hygiene measures, the mask-wearing measures and the social distancing measures. They have to ensure that they have them in place and their customers follow them at all times. They have to make frequent announcements on their intercom systems and these types of things. They also have to play the music low to allow for conversations.”

This is also significant as the COVID-19 variants, especially Delta and Mu, were detected in the VI.

38 Responses to “SCB bar closed for alleged breach of COVID-19 protocols”

  • WHAT!!!! (12/09/2021, 12:41) Like (48) Dislike (4) Reply
    You mean to say someone is actually enforcing laws here? Well done all involved only fools would argue that it is not for all of ours safety.
  • me me me (12/09/2021, 12:42) Like (44) Dislike (2) Reply
    It about time we the people learned to follow what the country says it for our own good when we do so all will be alright again .but some of us just don't care about others.
  • Nice (12/09/2021, 12:52) Like (44) Dislike (2) Reply
    Nice this is the right way. Should discourage others from doing this
  • Be Firm (12/09/2021, 12:54) Like (42) Dislike (2) Reply
    Suspend their Liquor License for non compliance. Come on Government/Police a "Spanish Bar"
  • musa (12/09/2021, 13:42) Like (38) Dislike (2) Reply
    About time and that bar need to indefinitely closed ck out the rooftop
  • Imperfect servant of the "Most High" God. (12/09/2021, 13:56) Like (21) Dislike (4) Reply
    Our government this time is right on this one.Support this move in the closed down of businesses in general that doesn't comply with wise anti-covid-19 virus protocol. Good laws in place should not be violated, whether or not they are deliberately breeched or not, here, there, and everywhere in this sin infested world.
  • Feel (12/09/2021, 14:27) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    Who don't hear feels our only problem is that we dont have enough personal to help enforce these laws. Do you think covid is playing if you believe it's a toy wait. Think about others stop being selfish. The fine should be more then they may change. 1000 maybe they can close their eyes and hand it to the powers that be.

    We to lawless and out of order. This goes for all who believe they are above the law.

    Think people let's try our best to do what is required of us follow the protocols we can all make it together. No need to close down the businesses but if we are not listening the government will have no choice but to do just that. The invisible enemy is parading our streets be vigilant
    • Local (13/09/2021, 12:52) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply

      Agree. J***** in CGB is know for doing lawlessness. The owner and the employees need checking out. Just role on them.

  • close the assah it yea (12/09/2021, 14:39) Like (18) Dislike (4) Reply
    dem wanna cum here n do wha dem wan
  • ... (12/09/2021, 14:41) Like (22) Dislike (6) Reply
    why bring down one bar when you guys closed more than one over the weekend list all of the bars you guys closed over the weekend from making look like one set of people are doing wrong
  • about darm time (12/09/2021, 14:43) Like (13) Dislike (5) Reply
    Kristalz, mill moll and chikenn next
    • ... (12/09/2021, 19:57) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      was touch this weekend that's one of the bar they closed
      • @ ... (13/09/2021, 07:55) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        Attempted to close, because as soon as the task force member and the police left, the patrons that lingered around went back into Touchdown and the music was back on blasting. I do not understand how there could be a curfew which starts at 11pm, but 11pm that is when people are leaving establishments. You cannot beat a thing like that. the BVI is truly not a real place. How quickly we forget.
  • about time (12/09/2021, 14:54) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
    This should also occur when they are being a nuisance in the community. Kudos to you Mr. Micheal and your team.
  • So okayyyy (12/09/2021, 15:02) Like (30) Dislike (4) Reply
    When she slam the ticket on the countertop, you should have slap the silver bracelets on her. Why do people have to be so ignorant and low class with their behavior? Always want to be wrong and strong at the same time. Watch her because she is going to be bold and continue to not adhere to the rules. And to you customers that was acting the fool. Drink in your damn house if you need to drink.
    • @so okayyyy (12/09/2021, 16:55) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
      I agree with you. All she doing is sucking every dime out the village idiots pockets.
      • No (14/09/2021, 11:45) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        Y’all dutty island people’s quick to judge without knowing the full story, all y’all does make me sick
    • Linda (12/09/2021, 19:53) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
      When she slammed the ticket, he should have hit her with another $1000, and so on and so on every time she did it.
      • Yes Linda (12/09/2021, 22:55) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
        Yes, I agree, and every time she open up her mouth, slap her with another $1,000 dollars. The unruly ignorant customers should have been slapped with $1,000 fines also.
  • Gooddddd (12/09/2021, 15:07) Like (27) Dislike (2) Reply
    Let the village drunks find something else to do. Honestly, Sea Cows Bay is a quaint little Village and the throw back bars is ruining the quaintness.
    • I agree with you (12/09/2021, 16:32) Like (23) Dislike (2) Reply
      They ruin the whole damn village. Look at how we allow outsiders come in and ruin the village. Shame on us.All of this is bringing down my property value.
      • Finally! (13/09/2021, 12:01) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        This is how they live where they are from, why are we allowing this? SCB is turning into a ghetto!
    • SCB Gurl (12/09/2021, 17:18) Like (18) Dislike (3) Reply
      It WAS a peaceful village. Now the Latino strip clubs and bars and their blasting music take our sleep
      One down, at least 8 more to go PLEASE!
  • H (12/09/2021, 15:18) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
    Bars close for so long now that got an opportunity to open now doing stupidness come on people learn law is prohibited
  • Outsider (12/09/2021, 16:26) Like (5) Dislike (18) Reply
    He is ah darm waste of our tax money! Send him back.....
    • HAHA (13/09/2021, 09:01) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      Lol he isn’t a waste of tax payers money if he is bringing revenue by enforcing our laws.
  • Wonder (12/09/2021, 16:59) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    How many of the bar customers is COVID POSITIVE. Then they go home and spread the virus.
  • Racist Opressors (12/09/2021, 18:14) Like (6) Dislike (25) Reply
    Only targeting poor innocent santos
    • @RACIST OPRESSORS (12/09/2021, 22:24) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
  • I on (12/09/2021, 18:20) Like (9) Dislike (18) Reply
    You know what this is. Our life taken away from us. Our freedom been taken away from us. Our everything, taken away from us. It’s not the Bars and goers alone. , Church, Movies , Beach ,recreation on a whole been slowly taken away and we act like is good laws for us. Pure Nonsense. At Thomas now s fully opened all these Spanish people are fully Vaccinated, so what’s the problem. Mr Michael look at your eyes. Your turn coming soon , even you they will shot down soon from doing what you want to do. Open the country and let us live. Our livelihood is at stake , they are taking away everything from us. That should not be , open up the place. When Election come we Spaniel voting the other way. This Government must go all they doing is making laws against the expats. They sold the country to the Illuminati.
  • I want (12/09/2021, 18:40) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
    I want them all gone from SCB. But no joke, they mess up SCB no wonder they call down here little Santo Domingo. If the immigration come down here, they will make a good sweep. I am tired of the loud music and the hole in the wall bars.
    • hmmm (12/09/2021, 23:14) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
      ask your self one question who renting to them...then answer y complain
  • Hmmmm (12/09/2021, 20:04) Like (12) Dislike (5) Reply
    This is pure bull crap i been to many local bar and they don't have no social distance or mask wearing, wow they never got fine, if you going do it for 1 do it for all
  • Come Over (13/09/2021, 03:14) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good Job Sir maybe you need to come to VG and do the same because these bars over here not practicing the social distancing either and the Clubs are opened up and operating as normal with large crowds and no one wearing masks.
  • P (13/09/2021, 07:01) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now thay got an opportunity to open thay using their own selfishness to put other people life at risk can on what so difficult to obey the law from 5to 11 is a lot of time
  • wow (13/09/2021, 07:23) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    All Patrons present should have been fined also. The utter ignorance of them wanting to be socializing in this type of environment not following protocols. Must they go out and drink. Then they go home and spread germs or the virus to their families. Lord, pray no children in these households because they inturn spread it in the Schools.
  • good job (13/09/2021, 15:49) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    We need to get Business zoning going. It's unfair that you have to work hard all day and get home to see bar patrons and listen to their music all night long. Thank god for the curfew that persons are able to get a little rest in the homes/apartments they are paying monthly for. Bar owners need to have more respect for the area in which they operate. Matter of fact, VIP should do an evaluation on these type of businesses. It's time we put a end to non-sense.
  • musa (03/10/2021, 11:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    If you find is only $1000 and they make $10000 in overtime ,what you think they will do ? The best thing to do is revoke them trade license. If not many more will do the same .

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