Mapp Authorizes Administrative Holiday Leave for Government Employees

A Christmas tree at Crown Bay, St. Thomas

Governor Kenneth E. Mapp has granted administrative leave to nonessential government employees for the holidays.

On St. Croix, employees have been granted leave on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, to celebrate the traditional Crucian Christmas Festival J’ouvert, followed by the Crucian Christmas Festival Food, Arts & Crafts Fair.

Leave has been authorized for employees territory-wide on Friday, Jan. 4, for the Crucian Christmas Festival Children’s Parade, and Monday, Jan. 7, in observance of Three Kings’ Day (the legal holiday falls on Sunday, Jan. 6).

“After a long year of hard work and recovery, we look forward to ringing in the holidays with rest and renewal,” said the governor, who encourages Virgin Islanders to enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season, including St. Croix’s Crucian Christmas Festival, “…where we will have another wonderful opportunity to showcase and celebrate our culture.”

Leave has been granted from 1-5 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018 and New Year’s Eve, Monday, Dec. 31.

All government offices will be closed on Christmas Day (Dec. 25), Christmas Second Day (Dec. 26) and New Year’s Day (Jan. 1), which are legal holidays in the U.S. Virgin Islands.