Starting Tonight, Last Call for Bars at 11 P.M.; Beaches to Close Early This Weekend

Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. urges residents to ‘mask up’ to keep COVID-19 cases down in the territory. (Screen image from streamed event)
Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. urges residents to ‘mask up’ to keep COVID-19 cases down in the territory. (Screen image from streamed event)

With 11 active cases and a total positive COVID-19 count of 92, Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. announced new restrictions on beaches starting Friday and at bars effective immediately.

In a press briefing Thursday, the governor said to help keep the numbers from increasing over the long holiday weekend, all beaches in the territory will close at 4 p.m. from Friday to Sunday.

“And that doesn’t mean leave at 4 p.m. if you are at the beach. It means start packing up at 3 p.m. so you can get home by 4 p.m.,” the governor said.

Asked whether it would not have been better to shut them down completely, Bryan said his team weighed heavily the options. Giving families something to do during the long weekend was ultimately most important, particularly as cases of depression are also on the rise, he added.

Effective Thursday night, last call for all bars in the territory is set for 11 p.m., with a final shutdown by midnight. Sales of alcohol by gas stations, convenience stores and other vendors must also stop at 11 p.m. and Bryan said this will be in effect until further notice.