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Tourists cannot come to VI & 'do what they want'- Premier Fahie

- said tourists failing to adhere to protocols could be detrimental to VI
Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has said while it is understandable that the tourism sector would be eager to make money, hoteliers and other persons entertaining tourists should enforce the COVID-19 rules on their guests. Photo: VINO/File
Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has cautioned hoteliers and others in the tourism industry that tourists visiting the territory as of December 1, 2020, should not be allowed to do as they please with the government-imposed rules for keeping the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) at bay, while at their respective properties. Photo: VINO/File
Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has cautioned hoteliers and others in the tourism industry that tourists visiting the territory as of December 1, 2020, should not be allowed to do as they please with the government-imposed rules for keeping the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) at bay, while at their respective properties. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has cautioned hoteliers and others in the tourism industry that tourists visiting the territory as of December 1, 2020, should not be allowed to do as they please with the government-imposed rules for keeping the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) at bay, while at their respective properties.

He said while it is understandable that the sector would be eager to make money, they should enforce the rules on their guests.

The Premier was at the time giving his contribution to the bill entitled, 'COVID-19 Control and Suppression (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) (No. 2) Act, 2020' at the Wednesday, November 25, 2020, Third Sitting of the Third Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) in Duff's Bottom, Tortola.

Don't let guests dictate protocols!

"We cannot have persons visiting and when they come to your hotels or your boats or whatever and come with the mindset that they are coming to a small island state and they could do what they want. It will not be accepted," he pointed out.

He added: "I am asking persons not to let your guests dictate what is going to be done with the health protocols. They are not COVID-19 specialists, they are not doctors, and it will be unfair for us to ask the people of the Virgin Islands to adhere and they adhere to all the measures and to have a few people come and break the rules and dictate the pace for us and create cases where we would have to be looking about whether to shut down or not."

VI could suffer from tourists actions

Premier Fahie said, if the protocols are flouted, the entire territory could suffer as a result.

He referred to other countries who, for the want of a dollar, allowed guests to do as they please and disregarded the protocols. This, he explained, placed the staff, their children and the rest of their families in danger.

"We would have made $15,000 for the day as an example, but when we shut down we lost a $150,000," he warned.

Previous lockdowns because of COVID-19 had resulted in significant loss of revenue for the government and the people of the territory.

27 Responses to “Tourists cannot come to VI & 'do what they want'- Premier Fahie”

  • Cannot come. (26/11/2020, 10:00) Like (28) Dislike (4) Reply
    Tourists cannot come. Full stop.

    Just be honest big boy.
    • tretretrete (26/11/2020, 11:13) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
      No tourist coming anyways lol
    • Word spreads (26/11/2020, 20:33) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      You just need a few US media picking up this attitude and the very few tourists who thought about coming , won’t be.
  • trust (26/11/2020, 10:13) Like (18) Dislike (11) Reply
    So why open up the boarders and still want to tell the people what to do this Governmnet is getting crazy.
  • Hmm (26/11/2020, 10:16) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yes, they can when you giving them status!
  • mr premier (26/11/2020, 10:46) Like (6) Dislike (12) Reply
    Many scholars around the Caribbean keep talking about struggles that their fore parents went through and that many of us are still going through. Mr premier what I would like you to do not in this first term of your government but in your second term is to come to the local people and discuss land ownership. Within this century most of our lands would be gone from the local hands. Without lands we the people are powerless. This large scale land sale to foreign investors throughout the Caribbean needs to stop. Our population here in the bvi is not growing at such a fast rate by birth but by migration of foreigners to our shores which has been taking place for a few decades. At the rate at which foreigners are coming and most not leaving our local people are going to be pushed to one corner within this century. Please mr premier discuss the land issue with your other Caribbean leaders and come up with a working solution to especially satisfied your local population. I am so happy when i hear jaxxsey and asxley and romxey buys up property throughout the bvi .yes am happy because when i look at there faces i know someone of their fore parents toiled this land. These Caribbean islands should always be in the hands of the black man and black women. No more Indians anymore so you can't give back the lands to people that no longer exists. The Caribbean is now rightfully the black man land. No apology for saying this. We are going to lease you foreigners our land for x amount of yrs but we are not or cannot sell you. One day my great great grand children will need it.
  • Bad PR (26/11/2020, 10:49) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    We get your message but please Hon Premier could you remember that words are important and yours get plastered everywhere so this soundbite of yours basically telling tourists that they are rude bullies is not exactly warm and friendly. Would you put your words as is on the BVI Tourist Board website? You could have said that we expect our guests to abide by the standards we set so they can enjoy the BVI and help us increase the huge gains we have made with deep personal and business sacrifices to be able to provide a safe environment for them to enjoy and contribute to.
    Although we don't need to worry that much because hardly anyone is coming. They are going to St Thomas, Antigua and St Maarten instead.
    • Demno (27/11/2020, 15:48) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Not the first
      time they have heard that they are rude bullies. They pride themselves on being rude bullies. They are comfortable not being loved and simply tolerated. They are whats wrong with God's green Earth and are a sin to any Parasdise they visit.
  • west (26/11/2020, 11:07) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Full ah enemousity and lack of knowledge
  • fat (26/11/2020, 11:12) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
    u see he lose any weight.
    he face still fat up. he not feeling no squeeze
    .do what u want premier. is your country alone
  • Truth (26/11/2020, 11:13) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
    I hope the same goes for them down islanders
  • Greg (26/11/2020, 12:00) Like (14) Dislike (13) Reply
    1/2 of the U.S. are Trumpsters. Racist, hateful and don't want to listen to anyone not Caucasian. They will have a rude awakening when they get here. We will not tolerate the BULL they are putting Black people through there. They will adhere to the rules when they come to me, because they will not endanger my love ones on any level. You all who feel the dollar is more important than reinforcing the rules.... good luck to you and yours.
    • maga (27/11/2020, 18:05) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      we will keep our racist money at home, good luck
    • SailorSam (02/12/2020, 11:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      No problem, over the last 20 years we have visited and enjoyed the BVI and its people. Have never had any issues. Did not know we were racist and not wanted. Figure we have spent, over the years in sailing charters, restaurants, etc $400 to $500 thousand, will take it elsewhere. We are many and the news that sailors are being detained for sailing across waters and your Govt wanting cash money?? Good luck, the sailing community will miss you.
  • Ghost (26/11/2020, 13:19) Like (13) Dislike (7) Reply
    I agree with the Premier 1000%.. yes because some of us would be more Interested in making the dollar than enforcing the measures.. also for some STUPID reason some of us when we see a tourist we look up to them as though they’re better than us.. some of us even change the way we speak. Always annoy me.. and because of this stupid mentality some of us are apt to not have them adhere to the protocols but we have to enforce them for our lives depends on it.. everyone’s goal should be focused on doing the things necessary to prevent the potential spread of this virus.. it cannot be about the dollar rather saving Lives!
  • Scared (26/11/2020, 14:13) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Those of us living in the BVI need to first adhere to the protocols. Scary going in so many stores and having to ask those who serve you to please pull the masks up, as their noses are exposed. Scary going into stores here wearing masks and sanitising, to see groups of people walking in boldly with no mask, and not sanitising, expecting service and no one working in the business places asking them to mask up and sanitise. Saw it rampant up to this morning.

    Charity begins at home. We need to abide by the policies in place or we are going to make ourselves sick long before the tourists begin to arrive. We need to be the exemplars. Too many people here taking this serious thing for a joke.

    By the way, what happened to the officers hired by the government to do random checks at business places to ensure that the protocols are being adhered to? Did they go into hiding?

    Tired of seeing the protocols being blatantly ignored. When I see no mask I have to ask - what's going on BVI? Can’t we move away from this 'anything goes' mentality? Bout time.
  • potter (26/11/2020, 14:20) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tell our people. Stop the killing. We need tourists. Bvi news all over the world..we still Nature little secrets. I don't think so.
  • Heckler (26/11/2020, 14:47) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    Great messaging #BVILOVE you can't come here and do what you want
  • Rubber Duck (26/11/2020, 14:49) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    The Premier and the comments here read like the Zimbabwe Times.

    And look how well that turned out.
    • Please Stop it (27/11/2020, 06:13) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      Why you blaming the tourist and making it look like the o tourist is the problem or our biggest threat of bringing in and spreading the virus when the evidence all over in every Caribbean country is returning nationals and residents,,,,, They are the ones doing what they want bringing the virus,,,,,, Now you expect them to Obey and abide by App and bracelet rules,,,,,,You need physical security for the first four days,,,, get real
      • Rubber Duck (27/11/2020, 09:48) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        We will be the healthiest impoverished country in the Caribbean. Until the money to buy medicines runs out in Bid Daddy’s New Haiti.
  • vi (26/11/2020, 17:46) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Mr premier don’t make we believe you taking care of we how you want people to come and they cannot spend money so we can get some the people coming to enjoy their self so if you open free we up
  • ReX FeRal (26/11/2020, 19:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    You cannot be an invited guest to my house and want to rearrange my furniture.
  • Not coming (26/11/2020, 19:40) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
  • trtre (26/11/2020, 19:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • luisdread (27/11/2020, 10:31) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
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