AMA at Cane Bay Restaurant By AMA at Cane Bay
U.S. Virgin Islands bars and restaurants have permission to reopen to dine-in patrons beginning next Tuesday, May 26th, with certain restrictions, Governor Albert Bryan announced Thursday. The decision further sets the stage for a full reopening of the territory to tourists in June.
“Tuesday (May 26th) will allow a soft opening of restaurants and bars so they can understand what their service is going to look like, have an opportunity to call employees and properly space their tables, chairs, and to make sure they have the proper equipment to sanitize and keep the people visiting those restaurants and bars safe,” Mr. Bryan said during the regular Government House COVID-19 update.
The restrictions placed on establishments will include:
Mr. Bryan said more detailed guidance will be made public prior to Tuesday. He said the instructions to the food and beverage industry will be based on guidance by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Restaurant Association.
The territory opens to leisure travel after June 1, when hotel reservations systems can be reactivated. In the meantime, Mr. Bryan urged the newly reopening businesses to follow the rules. “We don’t really enjoy shutting businesses down, but we will shut you down if we have to,” he said.