USVIHTA Update | May 2020
Greetings Members

We are quickly approaching reopening the territory and look forward to welcoming back leisure guests! As you prepare your business for reopening, please refer to the Interim Health and Safety Guidelines and Guidance for the USVI Tourism Industry . This is a working document which will be updated regularly.
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:
USVIHTA Members Now Open!
Magic Moments Luxury Excursions is ready to welcome back guests! View the flyer here .
Crocs is currently offering 20 percent off of regular price items to all first responders, hospital staff, doctors office staff, VIPD, and more. View the flyer here .
USVIHTA Member Updates
Bolongo Bay Beach Resort will re-open July 1. Click here to read the press release.
Mark your calendar for June 5 for a four-hour "Adults Only" Full Moon Excursion aboard Reef Surfari including pizza and an open bar for only $75 per person. View flyer here .
U.S. Virgin Islands to Reopen to Leisure Visitors June 1
The U.S. Virgin Islands will reopen its doors to leisure travelers on June 1. Commissioner of Tourism Joseph Boschulte declared that the territory is finalizing public health and tourism protocols for the return of visitors to "America's paradise" in less than a week's time. Boschulte reported that as new protocols, developed with input from the Office of the Governor, tourism and health authorities, and the private sector, are rolled out, a state of emergency due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic will remain in effect through July 11. Read the complete press release . The press release was also shared in an article in the Caribbean Journal .

More from the USVI Department of Tourism:
CHTA's Taste of the Caribbean Launches Virtual Friday Lime
Caribbean food and beverage industry aficionados have been raising their glasses every Friday evening to toast the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association's (CHTA) new "Limin' wid Taste" expositions by some of the region's leading mixologists. Each Friday, CHTA's Taste of the Caribbean judges unite to bring the hospitality industry and Caribbean enthusiasts together in a celebration of Caribbean flavors, creativity, showmanship and passion. The six-week series, which began earlier this month, is a virtual addition to the famed annual Taste of the Caribbean combined culinary competition, food and beverage educational exchange, and Caribbean cultural showcase, which the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic derailed this year. Read more . View the flyer for this week's virtual event.
FEMA released " COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season " to help emergency managers and public health officials best prepare for disasters, while continuing to respond to and recover from COVID-19. The guide provides actions emergency managers and public officials can take to prepare for response and recovery operations during ongoing COVID-19 response efforts. Read more .
Gov. Bryan Takes Action on 14 Bills
Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. took action on 14 bills last week, approving 12 and vetoing two of the measures. Among the bills the governor signed into law are a measure to prevent underage drinking and a bill providing procedures for the use of credit cards for government purchases. The two bills Bryan vetoed were a measure intending to require greater expertise on the board of the Government Employees Retirement System (GERS), and a bill imposing a limit on valedictorians and salutatorians. Read more . Read transmittal letter here .

More from GVI:
The USVI Economic Development Authority advises the general public that the USVIEDA office in the districts of St. Thomas-St. John and St. Croix will be closed on May 29.
CFVI Teams up with American Red Cross to Award $1 Million in Grants
The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) is pleased to announce that it has awarded more than $1 million in grants supporting USVI farmers and social services clients across the Territory through a collaborative grant program funded by the American Red Cross (ARC). Read more .

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