COVID-19 UPDATE # 4
After six weeks of a total lockdown the Islands have started to reopen again with a phased and gradual reopening of certain businesses. Commencing this week on 4th May the hardware shops and all food shops were permitted to reopen and the day time curfew was lifted.
On Monday 11th May some Government offices will begin to reopen for critical services to the general public, although continued use of online services are encouraged where possible. Some businesses including law firms will also be permitted to reopen on May 11th with a very limited number of staff permitted on premises at any time. This will allow urgent business to be conducted with social distancing measures in place when physical presence at the office is absolutely required.
For the main part the majority of our staff will continue to shelter in place and work for home to allow those who really need to be at the office to do so when necessary. As a result of this if your physical attendance at our office is necessary please be sure to make arrangements in advance with the attorney or professional you will be seeing to ensure that they will be at the office when you attend. It is mandated by law that face coverings must be worn in all public places and for your safety and that of our staff, you will be required to wear a face covering to enter and for the duration of your time at our offices.
The Turks & Caicos Islands stimulus package including the 50% stamp duty reduction remains in place to 30th June 2020. The Turks & Caicos Islands Courts have now also put measures in place to allow matters to proceed in a safe manner. We expect further announcements about the next phase of the reopening before the end of the month and we will continue to update you. The Government continues to post regular updates to its web site https://gov.tc where the most recent regulations can also be found.
All members of the Misick & Stanbrook team remain committed to assisting you through these difficult times. We thank you for your support and patience and trust you and your families will stay healthy and safe.
Misick & Stanbrook