Sunday, March 22, 2020 Coronavirus update
wow this has been a whirlwind week. We are doing ok, so far 6 cases in the territory with about 40 results pending. Of course due to low testing the actual rate is believed to be much higher.
Most restaurants and bars as well as shops have announced their closure to protect their staff and following the 10 person rule.
What restaurants are still open (for take out)?
Subject to change please check their facebook pages for updates
- The Tap&Still – St. John
- Cruz Bay Landing
- Lime in
- Cafe Roma & Jerry’s Island Steakhouse
- Sam & Jacks
- North Shore Deli
- High Tide Bar & Seafood Grill
- Greengo’s Caribbean Cantina St. John
Update from the Governor
Yesterday evening, the governor released an update via youtube which you can watch here.
The key points are:
- Social and distancing at all times, 6 feet
- Stay at home policy: Stay at home as much as possible
- “Its ok to take a walk, it’s ok to take a drive but please refrain from congregating”
- No camping for Easter
- “Do not go to parties, bbq, picnics, enjoy the beach but stay away from people”
Effective Monday 23rd:
- All bars will be closed
- Restaurants take out only no inhouse dining
- Taxi capacity cut down in half
- Monitoring the ferries – meet with operators Monday
Effective Wednesday 25rd:
- Stay at home order “not a curfew”
- Keep as much people off the street as possible
- No hotel, timeshare, airbnb allowed to accept new guest except government or medical personal
- International message we want to send: “if you are coming to the Virgin Islands you will not have anywhere to stay for the next 30 days”
- “Stay at home is not a curfew only PR has curfew. We are not imposing curfew. We are imposing stay at home”. This does not cover essential business: groceries, pet supplies, hardware stores, restaurants, food processing, gas stations, auto supply stores, car dealerships, banks and credit unions, garden stores, laundry services, building supplies are exempt as long as they keep customer rates under 10.
- Further exempt are plumbers, electricians, exterminators, custodial services, handyman, funeral services, hvac installers and carpenters, anybody who deals with construction. Also exempt: Office supplies, shipping, delivery services, airlines, public transport, professional services, legal, accounting, places that provide shelters,