The Government of Anguilla today confirmed that there has been an incident of an active COVID-19 infection without direct links to an imported infection. Two additional individuals tested positive and are all in isolation.
The Ministry of Health and Health Authority colleagues have initiated aggressive contact tracing to identify every individual who may have come into close contact with these three persons. All individuals thus identified have been placed under quarantine and tested. Up to April 20, Anguilla had 30 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with one active imported case on island.
In light of this development, effective 11:59 pm on April 22, 2021, all persons on Anguilla other than those providing essential services will be required to stay at home. Also, all non-essential workplaces will close, all public gatherings are prohibited.
Restaurants and other food establishments are restricted to take-out services only. All social distancing measures are to be observed including capacity limits and mask wearing where appropriate.
All ports will be closed to incoming passengers, although those seeking to leave Anguilla will be permitted to do so.
In the announcement today, the Chairman of the Anguilla Tourist Board, Mr. Kenroy Herbert stated, “Anguilla remains a safe destination, we take all incidents very seriously and our quick response and protocols reinforces how serious we are about the safety of our visitors and residents.”
Vaccination of the population remains paramount, and persons are encouraged to continue to visit vaccinations sites to receive the vaccine. To date, 6,998 persons have registered for the vaccine and of those, 6115 persons received their first dose, and 783 persons received their second dose, representing approximately 50 percent of the island’s adult population. The Government of Anguilla is committed to transparency and openness in updating both its citizenry and the tourism community of the status of the pandemic on island.
For travel and tourism information on Anguilla please visit the official website of the Anguilla Tourist Board: www.IvisitAnguilla.com
Tucked away in the northern Caribbean, Anguilla is a shy beauty with a warm smile. A slender length of coral and limestone fringed with green, the island is ringed with 33 beaches, considered by savvy travelers and top travel magazines, to be the most beautiful in the world. A fantastic culinary scene, a wide variety of quality accommodations at varying price points, a host of attractions and exciting calendar of festivals make Anguilla an alluring and entrancing destination.
Anguilla lies just off the beaten path, so it has retained a charming character and appeal. Yet because it can be conveniently reached from two major gateways: Puerto Rico and St. Martin, and by private air, it’s a hop and a skip away.
Romance? Barefoot elegance? Unfussy chic? And untrammeled bliss? Anguilla is Beyond Extraordinary.
Deputy Director of Tourism
Anguilla Tourist Board
The Valley, Anguilla, BWI