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Fall Raffle Announcement: We Want your Input!

Fall Raffle Announcement: We Want your Input! 1

Good Morning All!

In mid-August,  Governor Bryan announced a step back in the progress of the territory’s fight against COVID-19.  In his press conference, he responded to the recent surge of cases on the St. Thomas and St. John district with an announcement that we would be reverting to the orange or “Stay at Home” phase beginning Monday, August 17.  (Read the full report here.)

Now, three weeks later,  the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the territory continues to climb, but a bit more slowly since the closure of tourism.   As of September 1, VITEMA reported 6 active cases on St. John, 103 on St. Thomas and 21 on St. Croix.  The governor said the closure to tourism would remain in effect until at least September 18.  The Stay at Home orders are in effect until at least the 8th.

Fall Raffle Announcement: We Want your Input! 2

Despite these trying times for the territory, we decided it might be time to do something to spread a little positivity and shed some light on some good work happening down here.  We are getting another charity raffle started to launch this fall.  And we want your input!

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Restaurant Report-Coming Next Week!

Restaurant Report-Coming Next Week! 4

We have received several requests over the past month about the annual restaurant off-season closure report. That report looks a little different this year as we will be including take out options, limited hours and scheduled closures.

We had planned to get the report out this week. But, In light of the changes made last week reverting the territory to the “Stay at Home” phase, we are making some adjustments to that post and giving the restaurants a bit more time to figure out their game plans.

We are gathering the information and putting this post together over the next week in hopes of getting the most updated information to you ASAP!

Thank you for your patience while we work with local business owners to get you accurate information in regards to dining and take out options for the off season.

If you are reading this and own or manage a restaurant on STJ, please post your plans in the comments or contact us directly!

Business Spotlight: A Day on the Beach at Bikini’s

Business Spotlight: A Day on the Beach at Bikini's 6

Are you currently dreaming about lying in a hammock in the shade with a Painkiller in your hand, Caribbean blues lining your landscape and sand between your toes?  Maybe the faint sound of music and laughter in the background and the smells of barbeque on the grill?  Then, the next time you are on St. John, take a drive or a hike to Bikini’s Bar & Grill at Honeymoon Beach and live out your daydreams!

Read moreBusiness Spotlight: A Day on the Beach at Bikini’s

Real Estate Spotlight: Condo Complex in Cruz Bay with Great Income History!

Real Estate Spotlight: Condo Complex in Cruz Bay with Great Income History! 8

Has the thought of moving to paradise ever crossed your mind only for you to dismiss it? What would you do for a living? Where would you live? How could you possibly afford to live here? Well, for those of you shopping the market right now, this newly listed, income producing property might be the answer to all of these questions!

Read moreReal Estate Spotlight: Condo Complex in Cruz Bay with Great Income History!

COVID Update: Restaurant Closures, States Added to Mandatory Testing List

COVID Update: Restaurant Closures, States Added to Mandatory Testing List 9

Last night the territory reported an additional 11 positive COVID tests.  One of which was on St. John.  Bringing the Love City total cases during the pandemic to seven.  Three of these seven are currently active.

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Breakdown for the territory:

Tested:  4,395

Positive:  217

Negative:  4,084

Pending: 94

Active:  105

Recovered:  106

Deaths: 6

Three active cases on St. John doesn’t seem like a lot, right?  BUT, it is enough to close down a few of our favorite local businesses temporarily.  Both Skinny Legs and High Tide announced on Monday that they would be responsibly closing their doors temporarily “for the safety of our staff, our community and our guests.”

***Note:  No staff members for any of the listed businesses have tested positive for COVID.  The businesses are responsibly exercising caution based on POSSIBLE contact.

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COVID Update: Restaurant Closures, States Added to Mandatory Testing List 12

Sam and Jack’s Deli posted a similar message this morning and will be closed temporarily for a second time due to possible COVID-19 contact.  All three restaurants reported that employees may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are closed until test results are in.

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Additionally, the local veterinarian office and pet supply store, Canines, Cats and Critters, is closed for a short time today for the same reasons and will be open for regular hours tomorrow.  Emergency visits are available at any time.

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I know there have been a ton of questions and concerns in regards to the new travel policy.  I’ve recapped all that I can find on it below as well as the toll free number for the Dept of Tourism.

In light of the recent surge in positive test results in the territory, the Governor has implemented travel restrictions for those traveling from the following states and territories:

  • Arizona
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Puerto Rico
  • Utah
  • Kansas
  • Mississippi
  • Nevada
  • South Carolina
  • Texas

The above states are those with a positive testing rate greater than 10% of the population based on John Hopkins University data (updated July 13).  Travelers arriving in the territory from the above states as their ORIGIN – Not layover, will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test that was administered within FIVE DAYS OF ARRIVAL in the territory.

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Travelers under the age of 15 will not be required to provide a test result.  If travelers do not have a test result upon arrival, they will be required to quarantine for 14 days.  The above regulations apply to visitors and residents alike and they go into effect tomorrow – WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2020.

If you have questions, please call the Department of Tourism at 800-372-8784.

 

The Resilient Flamboyant Tree

The Resilient Flamboyant Tree 17

If you have never traveled to the Caribbean during the summer months, you likely have never witnessed one of my favorite flora of the region outside of a photograph. If you have visited St. John between June and August, you may have spotted these beautiful, bright orange, red or yellow flowered trees dotting the hillside and wondered what they are.

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