Warning Alert


US Virgin Islands to continue gradual easing of COVID-19 restrictions in early November. Some business restrictions remain in place.

 

Summary
Authorities in the US Virgin Islands (USVI) plan to continue the gradual easing of restrictions in early November as part of the territory's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) recovery plan. Some internal restrictions relating to safer-at-home orders, which are the third level on a five-level scale ranging from "Total Quarantine" to "New Normal," will continue to be enforced. Most nonessential commercial activity is permitted, though the following measures are in place:

  • All nonessential businesses and service providers may reopen; however, bars must remain closed until Nov. 9, when they will be permitted to reopen for sit-down service.
  • Restaurants may offer dine-in services subject to strict operating protocols and physical distancing requirements.
  • All gatherings are limited to a maximum of 50 people. Effective Nov. 9, this will be increased to 50-percent capacity or 100 people for indoor and outdoor gatherings.
  • Places of worship may offer services at 50-percent capacity or 100 people, whichever is less.
  • All beaches will close by 1600 on weekends and holidays; officials will make an exemption for fishers.
  • Effective Nov. 9, live music and disc jockey entertainment will be allowed in licensed establishments until 2359.
  • Individuals are required to wear facemasks during any gathering of people or at any commercial location.
  • All approved businesses and facilities are required to ensure that customers maintain a distance of 1.8 meters (six feet) from one another.


International Travel Requirements
The territory reopened to all leisure travel Sept. 19. Every traveler aged five and over entering the USVI must present a negative COVID-19 test taken up to five days before arrival or be subject to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. Travelers will be subject to mandatory temperature testing upon arrival. All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice.

 

Background and Analysis
Several governments globally have decided to ease COVID-19 restrictions primarily to allow economic recovery. However, should the number of COVID-19 cases significantly increase, officials may tighten existing measures or reapply the relaxed restrictions. Likewise, a continued low number of cases may result in the relaxation of restrictions.

 

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Confirm appointments. 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.

 

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