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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.
Maintaining the same cautious tone he has had in press conferences over the past two months, Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. spoke Friday about the need to remain vigilant as the territory looks to plan a phased reopening now that local COVID-19 numbers appear stable.
The V.I. government is working with federal partners to offer local residential and commercial customers a credit on their electric bills, and formed a task force to look at how to responsibly reopen the local economy in the months ahead.
Following the lead of federal leaders and public health organizations, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. announced Monday that the territory’s stay-at-home order has been extended a month, until April 30.
Three individuals have now tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the territory, and Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. announced Thursday that he is tightening local response efforts – including limiting mass gatherings to 10 people or less – in an effort to “stay on the offense” and protect against further spread.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. took action on 31 bills, approving 26 of them – including two measures that strengthen penalties for driving under the influence – vetoing four others and using his line-item veto on another, Government House announced.
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.’s second State of the Territory address was met with mixed reviews from senators, who described it as “enthusiastic” and “upbeat,” but lacking details on education and crime fighting initiatives, among other things.
Vitol, the V.I. Water and Power Authority's propane supplier and creditor for WAPA's conversion from oil to propane electricity generation, cut off the propane it supplies the utility at noon Saturday. This means WAPA must use more expensive fuel oil instead and cannot use its newest, most efficient generators.
With less than 24 hours notice, Friday afternoon Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. called the Legislature into an emergency meeting Saturday, Dec. 21, to discuss "matters related to the V.I. Water and Power Authority."
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. and his senior staff met Monday with the Government Employees Retirement System's Board of Trustees, GERS Administrator Austin Nibbs and Virgin Islands legislators to discuss solutions to the unfunded liability of the pension system.