April 2: St. John COVID-19 Update

Honeymoon beach

Hello everyone! It’s been a bit since we updated you on what’s happening with regard to COVID-19 on St. John and in the US Virgin Islands. Here is the latest information we know:

  • As of April 2, there are 33 confirmed cases in the US Virgin Islands. There are two cases on St. John, 20 on St. Thomas and 11 on St. Croix.
  • Governor Bryan extended the Territory’s State of Emergency through April 30.
  • Governor Bryan extended the Territory’s Stay at Home order through April 30.
  • Governor Bryan extended the closure of all non-essential businesses through April 30.
  • Hotels, villa owners, Airbnbs and other accommodations are not permitted to accept new guests for the time being. That order went into effect March 25 and continues for 30 days. There is an exception for those who were in the Territory prior to March 25 and needed to change accommodations.
  • Health screenings are expected to begin at the Territory’s airports.
  • All bars are closed.
  • Restaurants are allowed to operate for take-out only. There is no in-person dining.
  • The following restaurants are open on St. John. This list is ever-changing, so please check with your favorite restaurant for specific details and hours.
    • Sam & Jack’s
    • Shaibu’s Grab & Go
    • The Tap Room
    • North Shore Deli
    • 18/64
    • Hillcrest Terrace
    • Uncle Joe’s BBQ
    • The Longboard
    • Extra Virgin Bistro
    • Cruz Bay Landing
    • Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis
    • Miss Lucy’s
    • Skinny Legs (reopening April 3)
  • The Virgin Islands National Park remains open, although many services have been suspended.
  • Governor Bryan states Tuesday that it will likely be not until June or July “before economic activity on the islands returns to normal,” the St. John Source reported.

That’s all we have for today. As always, we will keep you posted on everything.


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Coral Bay Now

Hello everyone, and happy April! I don’t know about all of you, but I am happy that April is finally arrived, and I will be happier when it ends. 🙂 Hopefully this month passes quickly, so we are that much closer to returning to some sort of normalcy.

I know how much you all are loving our island videos. Earlier this week, we shared one taken in Cruz Bay. Well today, we’re sharing one that we took yesterday in Coral Bay. We filmed it around 4 p.m. using our GoPro. Just like Cruz Bay, Coral Bay is pretty darn quiet right now. We miss you all, but it’s necessary that you all stay away for the time being. I will certainly let you know as soon as it’s ok on our end for you all to return.

In the meantime, enjoy this five-minute cruise around Coral Bay. And for those of you who missed out Cruz Bay ride, you can click here to watch it.

 

So Many Boats in Our Bays…

Caneel Bay

Hello everyone, and happy Tuesday! I took a spin around the island yesterday, and I could not get over the sheer number of boats that are anchored and moored in our bays. It was pretty unbelievable. I spoke with a woman at Maho a few days back, and she told me that the US Virgin Islands was the only place that was accepting boaters. Several countries down island were not letting them in, so they chose to travel here. And as a result, our bays are extremely crowded.

Lameshur
Rendezvous Bay

Over at Maho and Francis, it appeared that every single mooring was taken. I cannot recall the last time that has happened. I took several pics to share with all of you.

Maho/Francis
Maho/Francis
Maho/Francis

Have a wonderful day everyone. Stay safe.


St. Johnopoly, St. John’s only board game, is available and is still shipping. If you would like a bit of St. John to arrive at your doorstep, you can order yours at www.newsofstjohn.com/stjohnopoly


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Cruz Bay Now

Hello everyone, and happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend wherever in the world you may be.

I’ve received numerous emails asking what the island is currently like. In a nutshell, it’s pretty much closed. All nonessential businesses like retail shops, boat charters, tour companies, etc. are closed. Several restaurants opted to close. Those that have stayed open can offer carry out only. The island is very quiet.

We took a spin through Cruz Bay yesterday and filmed the following video for all of you.

It’s definitely a crazy time that we’re all living in right now. This, too, shall pass. Stay safe everyone.


St. Johnopoly, St. John’s only board game, is available and is still shipping. Buy yours today, and receive it by the end of the week. If you would like a bit of St. John to arrive at your doorstep, you can order yours at www.newsofstjohn.com/stjohnopoly


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For the latest updates on COVID-19 and how it relates to St. John, please visit www.newsofstjohn.com/virus.