We hope you are all safe after this week's storm. We've sent out resources to assist in planning for severe weather. Below you will find useful links to assist as you prepare yourself and your business for the remainder of hurricane season.
Click here to download the curfew pass checklist and application. Please note that there is a processing period for applications.
Please click the links below to read our recent updates. Keep in mind that statistics are changing daily as we learn more, so some of the information from our updates may have changed. You can also visit doh.vi.gov/covid19usvi for more information. To receive updates, alerts and notifications on COVID-19 in the USVI, TEXT “COVID19USVI” to 888777. If you suspect you have symptoms or if you have questions, please call the Health Department’s Epidemiology Division Hotline: 340-712-6299 (STX) and 340-776-1519 (STT & STJ).
President Trump Approves Emergency Disaster Declaration For the U.S. Virgin Islands
President Trump has approved Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.’s request for an emergency disaster declaration for the weather system that moved through the territory on July 29. Gov. Bryan submitted his request on Monday, in advance of the storm’s impact. On Wednesday, the governor also issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency that establishes a curfew from 12 a.m. July 30 through 12 p.m. July 30, and authorizes the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs to declare a price freeze. DLCA Commissioner Richard Evangelista executed the price freeze on July 29. Regarding the federal declaration, FEMA announced federal disaster assistance has been made available to the territory to supplement its response efforts in the areas affected by Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine from July 27 and continuing. Federal funding is available to the territory, eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures at 75 percent federal funding. This assistance is available for St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas and Water Island. Read more.
CHTA Update: Great Resource for Culinary Professionals-ACF Virtual Convention
You are invited to join your culinary colleagues from across the globe on Aug. 3-5 as the American Culinary Federation takes you "Around the World in 80 Plates" online! Experience new flavors, trends and world cuisines by registering to attend the ACF Virtual Convention! Reserve your spot to attend for FREE today! In collaboration with CHTA, the Caribbean will be represented during the Caribbean Food, Cultures & Cocktails Happy Hour scheduled for Aug. 4 from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. (You must be registered to attend). Join CHTA's Taste of the Caribbean Hall of Famers Chef Damian Leach from Barbados and Marv Cunningham from Bahamas as they transport the attendees to the Caribbean!
The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) has received a $34,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation in response to the Community Foundation’s application for assistance in supporting the CFVI Rapid Response Block Grant Program. Thanks to the AT&T Foundation’s generosity, CFVI will provide $8,500 to each of the following social service agencies: Catholic Charities of the Virgin Islands; Lutheran Social Services of the Virgin Islands; Methodist Training and Outreach Center; and Virgin Islands Partners for Healthy Communities. These nonprofit partners will deliver assistance through case management targeted for elderly, disabled, and other vulnerable populations. Read more.