SOE in USVI extended for 30 days

By Rumi Samuel Published on January 11, 2022
SOE in USVI extended for 30 days

The State of Emergency (SoE) on the US Virgin Islands has been extended for 30 days.

The SoE was given an automatic 30-day extension from today to February 9 after the US Virgin Islands Legislature did not meet to debate a proposal from the governor for it to be extended by 90 days.

“By law, if the Legislature does not take action on such a request from the governor, a state of emergency automatically goes into effect or is extended for 30 days,” Government House said in a statement this afternoon.

The Legislature’s website shows that no sittings were called or scheduled to take place.

The governor sought the 90-day extension to the SoE, which he first proclaimed in March 2020, to impose public health regulations that will slow down the spread of COVID-19 in the US Territory.

Government House noted that an “extension of the State of Health Emergency will continue to provide access to funds and resources that the Territory would not otherwise have.”

Since December 2021, active COVID-19 cases have climbed to over 3,000 cases.

The omicron variant of COVID-19 is behind the surge.

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