COVID 19: CTL RESPONSE – 5th April, 2020


Statement by Michael Thomas, Managing Director of CTL Home Center

On behalf of the management and staff of CTL Home Center, I am taking this opportunity to encourage all of the residents of these Beautiful Virgin Islands to please strictly adhere to our government’s directives for our protection from the coronavirus. My fellow residents these instructions are not for our punishment or our inconvenience, they are for our wellness protection, our social protection, and our economic protection.

Disobedience to the crowd-reduction initiative, the prescribed hygiene practices and the social distancing practices will result in a number of undesired consequences. 

Non-adherence to these directives means that all of the gains that we may have made toward controlling and slowing the spread of the virus during our first six-day curfew may have been reversed. Any increase of infections or any deaths would necessitate additional and longer periods of curfew, which will result in longer periods of business closures; longer periods of unemployment; significant reduction of money circulation, a significant increase of social unrest and antisocial behavior, that will lead to the eventual destruction of our economy and the total loss of our hard fought for social, political and economic growth and development. This is an untenable situation and is therefore not an option.

My fellow residents of these beautiful Virgin Islands, as outlined, our behavior during this critical time is of the utmost importance to our social, political and economic survival. I am pleading with you, for the safety and security of all of us, please, let us each take personal responsibility for the survival of all of us and the sustainability of this beautiful land we call our home.

Please be safe. May God continue to protect us. CTL cares.

About CTL Home Center: The family owned and operated Clarence Thomas Limited Home Center has served the Virgin Islands community for 50 years. The stores locations on Tortola and Virgin Gorda plus drive through Lumberyard provide the BVI community with all of its home building, improvement and maintenance supplies; lumber, plumbing, electrical, marine and lawn and garden supplies; hand and power tools and small and large appliances as well as an extensive stock of home products; quality paints as well as office supplies and much more.

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