Live on St. John for Free!

Live on St. John for Free! 1

Well folks, it’s been a crazy year to say the least. Many of you are probably dreaming of your next vacation and perhaps even the next one after that. I know I am! Well what if I told you that you could live here on St. John, for free, for up to six months. Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Well it’s not! Please read on!

The Virgin Islands National Park is currently seeking bay hosts, something they do annually. Bay hosts assist the VI National Park by providing boaters with information on how to use park waters, the mooring system and more. Bay hosts are needed from December 1, 2020 through June 1, 2020, and are asked to make a three to six month commitment. The hosts are expected to provide 40 hours of volunteer time per week with Sundays and Mondays off. Locations needed include Honeymoon, Maho, Francis, Leinster, Salt Pond and Lameshur bays.

A few requirements: You need to have your own vessel, and it must be non-commercial use while you are acting as a bay host. It also needs to be registered in the USVI and have a holding tank onboard.

In exchange for volunteering, you will be given a mooring ball for free during your agreed-upon stay. You will also receive free gas for your dinghy.

I don’t know about you, but if I had a boat, I would love to help out and live in one of these beautiful bays for a few months!

If you are interested and meet the qualifications listed above, please call (340) 776-6201, ext. 249 for more information.

Lovango Resort & Beach Club Opening in December

Lovango Resort & Beach Club Opening in December 2

In an article published last week, we reported that the BVI will continue to keep their seaports closed for some time while they test out their re-opening protocols at the Beef Island airport.  This, unfortunately, means we won’t be heading “across the pond” via boat any time soon.  But, the beautiful waters of the USVI and some new things to do locally are calling.  So, you should still do yourself a favor and get out on a boat while you are here!

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Where Am I?

Where Am I? 3

One of the first things most visitors do when arriving on St. John – whether it’s their first trip or their 20th – is to take the iconic North Shore Road and stop for photos at the world-famous Trunk Bay Lookout.  I even know of one particular resident *ehem* who still does the same, every time she opts for the scenic route in lieu of Centerline.

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Real Estate Spotlight: Dream Villa in Upper Peter Bay

Real Estate Spotlight:  Dream Villa in Upper Peter Bay 4

Imagine waking up each morning and rolling over in bed to the iconic views of St. John’s North Shore and the British Virgin Islands.  Having your morning coffee while sail boats drift across the sound as you gaze out from your marbled estate.  Villa Nonna, in the prestigious Upper Peter Bay Estates, offers unparalleled views, a multitude of amenities and all the comforts of home.   And, it’s on the market right now!

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The Bar Is (Soon) Open!

The Bar Is (Soon) Open! 5

Governor Albert Bryan Jr. delivered several bits of optimistic news today.  In no particular order (although we are certain you will have your favorites):

COVID-19 statistics
Last week, we shared the fantastic news that our positivity rate was under 1% (you can read about that here), and although we have seen an increase in the number of guests arriving at our airports, our Covid positivity rate continues to remain under 1% for the second week in a row!

There are currently three active cases of COVID-19 on St. John, with only 16 total positive cases in the territory.  As such, Governor Bryan expressed his optimism about lifting some of the restrictions that have been in place for the past few months, and said we will see several changes in the 18th Executive Order issued this week, adding that “We are slowly getting there, but we can’t get there without your cooperation.”

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Hospitals and medical facilities
Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated our territory’s hospitals and medical facilities that were already in need of some TLC.  After receiving almost 13 million in grant funding for the repairs – and in some cases, entire rebuilds – our Governor announced that the designers have been selected for the various projects, and the design phase – estimated to take  6 to 18 months – will soon commence.  The Myrah Keating Medical Center on St. John was granted 1.5 million of the funds for the rebuild.

The Governor’s goal is to ensure that our residents and our visitors ultimately receive any and all medical care they may need while in the territory.

Restaurants
Several months ago, the Governor issued an order stating that all restaurants must suspend the use of regular dining ware, and only disposable glasses, plates, silverware, and napkins were allowed until further notice.  In August, the Department of Health relaxed this restriction for restaurants that could prove they were able to adequately sanitize their dining ware.  Over the following weeks, most of the restaurant owners and managers on St. John were granted a special use permit, allowing them an exception to the disposable mandate.

Today, the Governor announced that as of Wednesday, October 14, 2020, all restaurants are allowed to make the switch back to regular dining ware.  This is welcomed news for the restaurant owners and staff, the patrons, and the environment!

Churches and Houses of Worship
Effective immediately, churches and houses of worship are allowed to accommodate 50% of their capacity, or a maximum 100 persons, whichever is less.  This is an increase from the previous 50-person maximum mandate.

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Mass gatherings
Starting next month on November 9, 2020, mass gatherings will increase to 50% of the capacity, with no more than 100 persons for indoor and outdoor activities.

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Bars
(Note:  For these purposes, and for the sake of clarity, a bar is defined as the overall establishment, and not the bar counter).
Last but certainly not least, effective November 9, 2020, all bars and nightclubs with the capacity to offer table service will be allowed to reopen!  Previously, bars that did not serve food were ordered closed.  However, all of our bars are allowed to reopen as long as they can provide table service in lieu of counter service.  Per the Governor’s statement at the press conference, restaurant and bar guests must be seated at a table, served by wait staff, and must not be allowed to stand around the bar counter, order from the bar, or congregate around the bar or outside of the venue.  Seated patrons may order food, alcohol, or both, as long as they are seated at a designated table with adequate social distancing. Restaurants with bars are no longer mandated to sell and serve food simultaneously with alcoholic beverages.

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Live Music and DJs
The atmosphere at a bar is complete with the addition of live music.  When the bars reopen, live music and DJs will be allowed in licensed establishments until midnight.

The Bar Is (Soon) Open! 10

I think most would agree this is exciting news, and indicative of the progression to our ‘new normal’.  If we all continue to do our part, and if our Covid-19 positivity rate remains low, the Governor anticipates lifting more of our restrictions over the coming weeks!

 

Airline Increases Flight Schedule to the USVI

Airline Increases Flight Schedule to the USVI 11

Have you been scrolling through your vacation photos in desperate need of a St. John fix and unable to find a flight?  Before you fill your living room with sand and install a fake palm tree in the center of the room, we might have some news that will brighten your day!

Commissioner of Tourism Joseph Boschulte announced that the US Virgin Islands is expecting a major increase in American Airlines flights beginning in November!

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USVI Covid Rates Plummet to the Lowest in the US

USVI Covid Rates Plummet to the Lowest in the US 15

Dr. Brett Ellis, US Virgin Islands Territorial Laboratory Director, shared some incredible statistics at today’s press conference regarding our Covid-19 numbers.  From the figures provided, it appears that the course of action taken by our Government has had the exact impact we have all worked so hard – and sacrificed so much – to achieve.  Not only have we met our goal of a 3 to 5 % positivity rate (the number of positive tests in relation to the total number of tests conducted in any given period), WE HAVE EXCEEDED OUR GOAL!

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