Business

Businesses retool products to fight virus

For Linda Phillips of Doyle Sailmakers, the coronavirus pandemic has meant learning an entirely new skill. The company is now producing face masks to help health care workers and patients shield themselves and others. “We had most of what was needed in stock and it...

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Curfew extended as 3rd case confirmed

Three days after the third COVID-19 case was confirmed in the territory, a 14-day extension of an initial six-day curfew began yesterday with exceptions for limited travel to groceries, pharmacies, gas stations and other essential businesses. Premier Andrew Fahie, Governor Gus Jaspert and Health and...

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Stimulus package promised soon

As the coronavirus pandemic batters the economy here and abroad, Premier Andrew Fahie promised Tuesday evening that the Virgin Islands will soon join the many other nations around the world that are enacting stimulus programmes. However, he and the United Kingdom appear to have different...

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Don’t overbuy, warn supermarkets

Supermarkets in the territory will be able to restock shelves during the ongoing lockdown and are not in danger of running out of essentials, according to supermarket personnel and a shipping company representative. “We have been fully stocked,” said opposition member Mark Vanterpool, owner of...

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Financial services adapt to ‘social distancing’

For financial services firms now compelled to conduct most or all of their business virtually due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the Virgin Islands is an ideal place to do it, according to Robert Briant, partner and head of the corporate division at Conyers. “The...

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Coronavirus confirmed in the Virgin Islands, curfew in effect

The government announced the first two confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in the Virgin Islands yesterday as nearly 5,000 viewers tuned in to a Facebook livestream. Hours later, a territory-wide curfew took effect. “It is official that the BVI has confirmed its first two imported...

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Looking out for one another: Residents offer relief during pandemic

While the Virgin Islands shuts its borders, restricts public gatherings, and closes all public and private schools amidst other measures to contain the novel coronavirus, concerned residents have mobilised to support their community. In recent days, a group of friends partnered with the VI technology...

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Layoffs loom after border closure

The sudden shutdown of the tourism industry and other businesses in the Virgin Islands due to the coronavirus pandemic — coupled with global economic concerns — is leaving employees with uncertainty, and some without jobs. The first two cases of the virus were confirmed in...

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Government to inject $2 million into farming, fishing

Amid concern about the long-term effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the Cabinet on Friday, March 20, approved a $2 million economic stimulus package for fishing and farming in the Virgin Islands, according to Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture Minister Dr. Natalio “Sowande” Wheatley....

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