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Boschulte: Territory Ready To Reopen, Masks and Distancing Still Essential

Tourism Commissioner Joseph Boschulte said he is confident that the Virgin Islands is properly prepared as it reopens its doors to leisure travel on Saturday after shutting down in August due to a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Education Officials Urge Patience as Virtual School Set to Resume on Sept. 14

Parents are urged to have patience and summon the proverbial village as the virtual school year starts on Sept. 14 after multiple delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Press Box Turns to Matters of Faith During a Time of Crisis

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.s' weekly "Press Box" took a spiritual turn Thursday as he hosted the Rev. Jermaine Mulley of St. Luke AME Church in an intimate chat from his office at Government House on St. Croix.

Governor Considering New COVID-19 Restrictions to be Announced Monday

The governor is considering new COVID-19 restrictions to take effect on Monday as officials struggle to get community spread of the virus under control amid the territory’s second Stay at Home order since March.

DHS Commissioner Expresses Grief, Details New Measures After Queen Louise Home Deaths

Human Services Commissioner Kimberley Causey-Gomez on Thursday evening expressed grief and condolences over the COVID-19 deaths of four residents under its care at the Queen Louise Home for the Aged on St. Thomas.

Live and in Color: Government House Reaches Out to the Community Via ‘The Press Box’

When Government House launched its weekly “The Press Box” live broadcasts in January, the words COVID-19, pandemic and social distancing were yet to become a part of the everyday lexicon of Virgin Islanders.
During his coronavisus update Monday, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. says federal economic stimulus checks could be released late next week.

Bryan: Phased Reopening Will Help USVI Learn ‘How to Live’ with Coronavirus

The phased reopening of the U.S. Virgin Islands began Monday, but progress depends on how well people adhere to the safety measures, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said Monday during his news conference on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. updated the public Friday on the territory’s COVID-19 response efforts.

Bryan Issuing Rent Freeze During COVID-19 Emergency

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. on Wednesday said he is instituting a “rent freeze” during the remainder of the coronavirus emergency, prohibiting landlords from increasing rent even in cases where the lease or rental agreement has expired.
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 Proposes USVI Mental Health Law Overhaul; Funding Unclear

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. submitted legislation Thursday aiming to largely reorganize how mental and behavioral health, including alcohol and substance addiction, are treated in V.I. law. The bill, which he mentioned in Monday’s State of the Territory address, does not come with a lot of new money for treatment and care.
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)

V.I. Revenues Expected to Increase; Bryan Cautions Against Excess Spending

At this year's revenue estimating conference, Internal Revenue Bureau Director Joel Lee projected a 10 percent bump in V.I. tax revenues for fiscal year 2020, but Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. is warning against using up the hoped-for increase wastefully.

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