Governor Approves Administrative Leave to Commemorate the 2020 Canceled Carnival

Photo of Carnival Children’s Parade on St. Thomas in 2014

In observance of the hard work and dedication of the frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. on Tuesday issued an executive order approving administrative leave for non-essential government employees to commemorate Carnival on St. Thomas, which had been canceled this year because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Under Bryan’s order, all government offices will be closed Friday, May 1.

“The Division of Festivals and WTJX have provided a wonderful series of events on TV and on Facebook showing you Carnivals from years before. I’m sure you might catch a picture of the governor having a good time, back when my hair was black,” Gov. Bryan said last week during the COVID-19 update on April 22.

“For those of us who have reveled since the time we were small, this is a very special time of year for us,” he said. “We miss our friends and families. I miss all of you and the great time we have.”