USVIHTA Update | June 2020
Greetings Members

As many of you know, USVIHTA and STXHTA are working on behalf of our members to have the Eighth Supplemental Executive Order amended. As it currently stands, beginning June 15, the order would require restaurants and hotels with restaurants to serve food and drinks using disposable dining ware, which would increase operational costs and have a negative impact on the environment. We are in discussions with the governor and attempting to strike a compromise. Click here to read our opposition letter. We will keep you appraised of the situation as we advocate on your behalf.
COVID-19 Updates
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.

USVIHTA COVID-19 Communications:

Other Information:
Coral World Monthly Update - June 2020
Click here to read the Coral World Ocean Park June 2020 Update.
Hurricane Season Preparedness
Now that the 2020 Hurricane Season is upon us, we must do all that we can to prepare ourselves. View a preparedness checklist shared by Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett.

More for Hurricane Preparedness:
Office of Management & Budget Fiscal Year 2021 Proposed Budget in Brief
The Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Jenifer C. O’Neal, informs the public of the first ever, Proposed Budget in Brief for Fiscal Year 2021. The Budget in Brief is designed to give all citizens a brief overview of the proposed budget with highlights of the government’s operating budget, revenue projections and federal grants budget. This Proposed Budget in Brief continues Gov. Bryan’s and Lt. Gov. Roach’s commitment to transparency in our service to the residents of the Virgin Islands. The Budget in Brief is available now on the OMB’s website at https://omb.vi.gov . Printed copies will be made available for pick up Friday at Office of Management & Budget. Please call Monique C. Creque at 340-774-0750 ext. 203 to arrange for pick-up during normal business hours.
V.I. Office of Veterans Affairs Collaborates With My Brother’s Workshop
The Virgin Islands Office of Veterans Affairs has enlisted the assistance of My Brother’s Workshop to manufacture flag cases locally for next-of-kin of deceased veterans. One of the events that take place as part of military burial honors is the presentation of a neatly folded United States Flag. That flag is authorized to be presented to the legal next-of-kin of deceased veterans. More times than none, after presentation, these burial flags are used as keepsakes by family members to remember the long and faithful service rendered to the United States by their loved one. To assist with the longevity of the flag, the Office of Veterans Affairs joined with My Brother’s Workshop to create something that would assist in that endeavor. Trainees guided by members of the staff at My Brother’s Workshop created a masterpiece that will mark a significant difference from the usual plastic cases issued previously. Read more .
CFVI Seeks Applicants for CARES Act Emergency Relief Grants for Humanities
In the absence of a humanities council in the USVI, CFVI applied for and was awarded National Endowment for the Humanities funding that CFVI will subaward to eligible entities throug h the USVI to support humanities programming and activities. Additionally, in response to the current global health crisis, CFVI is providing rapid-response funding to nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations that are facing financial hardship resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and associated public health and economic restrictions. Funding for these grants has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the CARES Act economic stabilization plan . Read more .
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