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Airbnb Accepting Reservations Despite USVI’s 30-Day Pause *Update*

Airbnb is still accepting reservations for accommodations in the U.S. Virgin Islands despite Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.’s moratorium on guests seeking to travel to the Virgin Islands in the next 30 days.
Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. explains Monday why he is extended the territory’s stay-at-home order for another month, to April 30. (Image captured from Government House live stream)

Bryan: Stay-At-Home Order Extended to April 30

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.
An aerial photo captures the scene as firefighters battle the blaze that has burned through the roof. (Photo provided by V.I. Fire Services Director Daryl. A. George Sr.)

Blaze Hits Wheatley Shopping Center

A major fire engulfed Wheatley Shopping Center on St. Thomas, wiping out at least one store and extensively damaging others.

Ferries Ask PSC for Cutbacks, Subsidies to Offset Losses

Representatives from the territory’s franchise ferry companies painted a dire picture of operations, which were hard hit by the hurricanes in 2017 and are now “dramatically” impacted by a reduction in travel brought on by local coronavirus response efforts.
Sen. Novelle Francis discusses the federal excise tax on fuel, which he and others think should be repaid to the USVI government. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the USVI Legislature)

Legislators Teleconference to Discuss COVID-19

Members of the 33rd Legislature met Wednesday via teleconference to discuss the Legislature’s ongoing response to COVID-19, a response that could include canceling all public events and implementing a territorywide sick leave policy.
The Virgin Islands National Guard greets participants to a tour of the 210th Regional Training Institute, which might be used to support the territory's efforts against the new coronavirus and COVID19. anticipates requests from the Department of Defense for the utilization of VING federal facilities to support local COVID19 requirements. (Photo by Capt. Marcia Bruno)

VING Anticipates Requests to Use Facilities in Fighting Coronavirus

Brig. Gen. Kodjo Knox-Limbacker, adjutant general of the V.I. National Guard on Monday led a staff walk-through of the 210th Regional Training Institute and dining facility at the Estate Bethlehem compound.
Airport STT Phase 2-4: The Port Authority estimates that it will take six to eight years to complete construction phases two through four on the Cyril E. King Airport. (Artist's rendering provided by VIPA)

VIPA Says Construction to Begin Soon on Territory’s Airports

The Virgin Islands Port Authority will start spending the $27 million received last year as a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce-Economic Development Administration to begin construction on the Cyril E. King and Henry E. Rohlsen airports.

Schneider Hospital Executives Say Virus Is Coming but We’re Prepared

There is no wall built around the territory that is going to keep out the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 illness and it is only a matter of time before the territory sees it first cases.

HFA Touts Breakthroughs in Housing Programs

Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority Executive Director Daryl Griffith confirmed Wednesday that both the home ownership conversion program for Lovenlund and Bellevue communities and the EnVIsion Homeowner Rehabilitation and Reconstruction program, are in full swing.
AT&T Legal Counsel Tom Bolt testifies before Wednesday’s committee. (Photo by Chaunte Herbert for the V.I. Legislature)

AT&T Leaves STJ Without Internet, Creates $100,000 Mistake

The “Call Before You Dig” bill did not stop AT&T from unintentionally cutting Virgin Islands Next Generation Network’s backbone fiber line on St. Thomas, leaving St. John without internet access for four hours.

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