Governor Albert Bryan Jr. announced during his weekly press conference on Sept. 21, 2020, that the pilot phase for COVID testing at the territory’s airports began this weekend.
In June, the VI Department of Tourism created a portal where travelers can upload negative tests prior to travel into the territory. Since then, the VI Department of Health (DOH), working with the VI National Guard (VING), has also stepped up screening protocols at VI airport terminals. The added screening protocols include testing at the airports which is currently in its pilot phase.
This past weekend DOH tested 34 incoming passengers – six at the Cyril E. King Airport and 29 at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport. As a result, the DOH identified and isolated a COVID positive traveler who was a local Virgin Islander returning to St. Croix. “As we move forward into the holiday season, we will continue to monitor closely the efficacy of these increased protocols,” Governor Bryan said.
On Saturday, the moratorium was lifted on leisure travel bookings for hotels, guest houses, Airbnb’s, and other related lodging businesses, as well as for guest check-in at these establishments.
U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Albert Bryan Jr. has declared a State of Emergency in response to COVID-19. The territory is now in the "Safer at Home" Phase of its COVID-19 path to a new normal.
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