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Governor Orders Bars, Casinos Closed and Extends Travel Restrictions for 10...

With the number of positive COVID-19 cases up to 144 by Thursday afternoon, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. shut down bars in the territory again, extended travel restrictions for 10 states and ordered beaches closed by 4 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Gaming centers and casinos are also closed, effective immediately.
File photo shows Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. with Health Commissioner Justa E. Encarnacion. On Monday Bryan called on the Senate to approve a 60-day extension to the current State of Emergency declaration. (Government House photo)

Bryan Requests 60-Day Extension on State of Emergency

A bill extending the current State of Emergency, which was set to expire on Saturday, to Sept. 9 was submitted to the Legislature Monday by Gov. Albert Bryan Jr., along with a request for the body to act quickly and approve it.
V.I. Government officials and representatives from Fresh Ministries and Farmers in Action turn the first shovels of dirt at the future site of an aquaponics center. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Officials Break Ground on STX Aquaponics Center

After several years of planning, government officials, members of Farmers in Action and Fresh Ministries broke ground on a plot of land in Estate Bethlehem’s coconut grove for an agribusiness center for aquaponic farming.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. warns that businesses may be shutdown if public health guidelines are not enforced.

Bryan Threatens Noncomplying Businesses with Shutdown as COVID Cases Climb

With five new COVID-19 cases reported in the territory, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. pleaded with residents on Monday to wear masks and practice social distancing.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. announces his 'Healthier Horizons' initiative during Monday's news update.

Bryan Introducing ‘Healthier Horizons’ to Increase Health Care Access

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr introduced “Healthier Horizons,” a package of public health measures to increase residents’ access to affordable health care and modernize the delivery of mental and behavioral health services.
Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. encourages residents Monday to remain vigilant by practicing social distancing and wearing masks.

Government Staying Vigilant as COVID Cases Increase by Two

With the addition of two positive COVID-19 cases to the territory’s overall count on Monday, officials said they will continue to monitor the public’s general health as travelers begin to come in.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. discusses his administration's priorities toward reducing property and homelessness during a meeting with members of the Virgin Islands Interagency Council on Homelessness Tuesday in Government House on St. Croix. (Government House photo)

Bryan Says After Protest, Action Is Still Needed

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. proclaimed Tuesday a day of mourning in the U.S. Virgin Islands in honor of George Floyd and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. said Monday that lifting restrictions doesn’t mean residents shouldn’t be vigilant in following public health guidelines.

Governor: We’re Still In a State of Emergency, Wear a Mask

Residents uncomfortable wearing a mask should think about how it feels to be on a ventilator, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said Monday as he described encounters with residents who were not maintaining public health guidelines.

Governor Asks Community to Support VIPD as Riots Spread in States

In the wake of protests in cities across the U.S. over the death of George Floyd, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. called on residents to support local police officers as they work to clamp down on a spate of violence.
Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. urges residents to be ‘diligent’ as visitors begin to come in.

Bryan: Be ‘Diligent and Vigilant’ as Visitors Start Arriving

While thermal sensors are being installed at the territory’s airports and seaports, they won’t be able to detect visitors coming in with COVID-19 who are asymptomatic or don’t know they’ve been affected, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said.

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