On Sunday, April 26, Anguilla’s Ministry of Health and Social Development delivered welcome news -- at the present time there are no suspected cases and no evidence of transmission of the COVID-19 virus within Anguilla. To date, the island has recorded just three (3) confirmed cases; all three individuals have fully recovered, there are no cases pending, and it has been more than 28 days since our last confirmed case.
With no active or pending cases, H.E. Governor Tim Foy and the Hon Premier Victor Banks announced the removal of all regulations restricting movement and gatherings, effective Wednesday, April 29. This means that churches, places of worship, all retail stores, hair salons and barber shops, accommodation suppliers, gyms and spas, recreational facilities, official lotteries, restaurants and bars can re-open from Wednesday, April 29. However, Anguilla’s ports will remain closed for passenger movements until the situation outside Anguilla allows us to reopen safely. No definitive date has yet been set, but it is unlikely to be before the end of May. A limited number of repatriation flights for foreign nationals -- all of which have been formally requested by overseas governments - will take place under the same controlled arrangements as those previously implemented. All aircraft will arrive empty, with the aircrew remaining on board so avoiding any contact with ground staff.
The Governor and Premier thanked Anguillians for their support in following the restrictions while they were in place, and in bringing about this great achievement. They also cautioned against becoming complacent and asked that everyone continue to practice social distancing. Environmental health officials in Anguilla will be visiting all commercial premises in the coming weeks to check compliance with established environmental health regulations, bearing in mind the importance of good basic hygiene in preventing the spread of all infectious diseases.
The Governor and Premier also noted that these or other restrictions may be re-introduced if circumstances change. For the most recent guidelines, updates and information on Anguilla’s response to effectively containing the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit www.beatcovid19.ai