If there’s one thing Virgin Islanders prove time and time again: we’re a resilient bunch. While COVID-19 is a new type of challenge, our community is responding in the only way we know how. With resilience.
Like most of the U.S., the U.S.V.I. is under a stay-at-home order through April 30. Our beaches were temporarily closed for the safety of all residents and re-opened on Monday, April 20. Only “essential” businesses are open with adjusted/limited hours and extra safety precautions. Many restaurants have responded with carryout ordering and grocery stores have impressively taken the situation in stride. No shortage of toilet paper here! See below for links to various resources.
Thankfully, real estate has been deemed an “essential” business and our clients who had been excitedly waiting to close have been able to do so. In fact, we’ve had one buyer and two sellers close in April — Congratulations to all!
Here’s how we are adapting our showings to keep sellers and prospective buyers safe:
- Sellers are asked to open all doors, including bedrooms, bathrooms, closets, balconies, etc., so no doorknobs or handles need to be touched.
- Similarly, all lights are to be turned on and blinds/curtains drawn, so no touching of switches or cords is necessary.
- Buyers and agents are advised not to touch anything and to remove their shoes.
- We are practicing the recommended 6-feet social distancing.
- Masks and gloves are worn as deemed necessary.
We’re also capable of preparing a 100% virtual listing presentation, and we use Google Hangouts and DocuSign for meetings and paperwork.
COVID-19 U.S.V.I. Resources:
- U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health: facts about testing and cases; safety information
- U.S. Virgin Islands Government: information about Stay-at-Home order; economic stimulus; Text “COVID19USVI” to 888777 to receive notifications.
- Government House Facebook: live press briefings
U.S.V.I. Restaurants & Businesses
- Island Direct: food delivery from restaurants, grocery stores, farms and other retailers
- Cruzan Foodie: list of restaurants offering carryout
- GoToStCroix.com: business listings and general information
We urge you to continue supporting these businesses and restaurants as you are able. If you’re not local to order carryout, consider purchasing a gift card for a restaurant or excursion for your next visit. Send a gift from a St. Croix shop. Write a review on your favorite business’s Facebook page.
Stay safe and healthy, wherever you are!