Sunday 5 April, 2020

COVID-19: BVI closing all ports for 14 days

The government of the British Virgin Islands has ordered all air and sea ports closed as it attempts to delay the arrival of the coronavirus to its shores.

Premier Andrew Fahie made the announcement following a special meeting of the Cabinet on Sunday.

He said “From midnight on Sunday, air and sea ports will be closed to all inbound passengers for a period of 14 days.”

Premier Fahie said there are no exceptions.

This edict applies to nationals, residents and work permit holders.

Ports will only remain open for cargo and freight vessels.

Starting today, Monday, gatherings of more than 20 people are prohibited.

The Premier said this ban takes effect on March 23 and remains in effect until April 17.

To date, the territory has not reported any confirmed cases of the virus.

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