Severity: Warning Alert
Exit/Entry: US Virgin Islands maintains some entry requirements and internal restrictions as of July 20, though most COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
- Alert Begins: 20 Jul 2020 02:51 PM UTC
- Alert Expires: 28 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Territorywide (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Transport and business disruptions
Officials in the US Virgin Islands (USVI) are maintaining some entry requirements and limited internal restrictions and operating protocols as of July 20. Nonetheless, the most restrictive measures have been eased and all business are permitted to reopen. Continued restrictions and operating requirements include:
- All businesses and facilities are required to ensure that customers maintain a distance of 1.8 meters (six feet) from one another.
- Additional operating requirements are in place for certain industries, such as bars and restaurants.
- Individuals are required to wear face coverings during any gathering of people or at any commercial location.
- Gatherings continue to be limited to a maximum of 50 people.
- Schools and daycare facilities remain closed.
- Beaches will be closed at 1600 on weekends and holidays.
- The prohibition on leisure travel has been lifted; however, travelers from countries, territories, and other regions assessed to be high-risk, including some states in the US, will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within five days of arrival, or be subject to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine.
Lingering transport and business disruptions will likely persist despite most commercial activity resuming and all travel restrictions lifted. All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice.
Background and Analysis
Several governments have implemented recovery plans to lift restrictive measures introduced in response to the outbreak of COVID-19, which was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) March 11. Should the number of COVID-19 cases significantly increase, relaxed restrictions may be reapplied. Likewise, a continued low number of cases may result in a further relaxation of restrictions.
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.