Some Caribbean islands begin phased openings of businesses

St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize and the U.S. Virgin Islands have begun a phased reopening of some businesses with social distancing and hygiene restrictions in place.

In Anguilla, churches, retail stores, salons, gyms and spas, restaurants and bars have reopened.

In Antigua, the Heritage Quay duty-free shopping center has reopened select stores, including retail and food and beverage outlets. Face masks are provided for customers who do not bring them. Retail businesses are open between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., but spas and salons remain closed.

Beaches are open on weekdays but closed on weekends. Public gatherings are still prohibited, and the 12-hour overnight curfew remains in effect.

In Barbados, beaches are open from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. daily, buses are limited to 60% capacity, work hours are staggered at government offices and the sale of alcohol is permitted.

Gyms, tennis courts, golf courses, bowling alleys and movie theaters have reopened in the U.S. Virgin Islands, but social distancing must be maintained. Personal services, such as hair salons and massage therapists, must operate by appointment only.

No more than 10 people are allowed in USVI retail stores at a time; restaurants continue to be take-out and bars remain closed. Everyone is required to wear face mask when entering a business.


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