More than 10 bars and nightclubs have been approved to reopen for business in the British Virgin Islands after being closed for weeks following a surge in COVID-19 cases.
Chief Environmental Health Officer Mr. Lionel Michael told BVI Platinum News that that figure represents business owners who have been trained, inspected, and passed the inspections over the past few days.
Michael stated that the department held four training sessions for bars and night clubs.
"We did some spot checks on Saturday and Sunday, and we also did training sessions for owners of bars in the Spanish community. So all the bar, nightclubs and pubs have been trained in the COVID-19 Control and Suppression Measures on how they should apply them and when they should apply them and how they should use those measures to prepare their businesses for inspection,” Michael shared.
In the meantime, the Chief Environmental Health Officer said the businesses have been trying their utmost to comply with the rules laid out by the Government.
“I must say the bars are making a very, very concerted and diligent effort to put the new updated guidelines in place. They have been trying; they have tried their best to comply with the various measures that were recommended especially when it comes to the layouts and social distancing. So, we are getting a lot of cooperation from them so far. We impressed upon them that we don’t want to have any cases (of COVID-19) connected to, related to in the bars, so they have to comply with the measures,” he added.
He said with the help of the Social Distancing Task Force, these establishments have been and continue to be inspected and approved at a quicker pace.
Meanwhile, some bars are still not ready for reopening despite having the guidelines a week now.
He reminded those businesses who have not been approved for reopening to remain closed as they could be shut down or fined.