Following an intensive clampdown due to a recent cluster of COVID-19 cases, Anguilla has announced that it is getting back on track with its re-opening schedule.
With a recent government update saying there were only two cases, down from a peak of over 60 in the past month, Anguilla’s Premier Dr Ellis Webster said the current status “is testament to the commitment of our dedicated health teams and the support of everyone across the island in following the required public health measures to stop active cases escalating beyond a cluster.”
As of Friday 21st May, the borders have been re-opened to returning residents.
Also, the remainder of the civil service have returned to work, child-minding facilities are allowed to re-open, and required school-based assessment for 4th, 5th and 6th form students are permitted.
While strict protocols remain in place for some business operations there has been a relaxation of restrictions on gatherings.
“Bubble activities will have the same operating hours of 5am – 7pm except certified bubble restaurants, which will be authorised to open until 10pm. Certified bubble taxi drivers will be authorised to operate until 11pm for the sole purpose of returning bubble residents from bubble restaurants to their accommodations.”
The government said: “All of these steps are predicated on the epidemiological situation remaining stable and will remain under review.”
Anguilla is also continuing with its intensified vaccination campaign with its VAXAXA (Vaccinate Anguilla) appeal.
Premier Webster stated: “This is a tremendous effort and we are grateful for the support of all the sponsors who have donated to the VAXAXA Challenge, as we seek to ensure Anguilla is protected appropriately against the risk of the Covid-19 virus.
“To those of you who are yet to be vaccinated, there is still time to get your first dose. We ask that you seriously consider doing so for the protection of yourself, your loved ones and all residents of Anguilla.”
The Anguilla Premier also said, “Getting vaccinated will also enable you to participate in greater activities as part of our wider exit strategy, and will ensure your ability to meet likely international travel requirements.”
Anguilla is also issuing photo vaccination cards which Premier Webster said could be used to “verify your vaccination status both here and abroad.”