Gov. Bryan Grants Administrative Leave to Allow Enjoyment of Virtual Carnival


In observance of the hard work and dedication of the front-line workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Albert Bryan Jr. has issued an executive order approving administrative leave for non-essential government employees to commemorate Carnival on St. Thomas, which was cancelled this year because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Under the Governor’s order, all government offices will be closed Friday.

The cultural boost will be provided through the partnership of the Division of Festivals of the USVI Department of Tourism and WTJX – Channel 12, the Virgin Islands Public Broadcasting System. The “Virtual Carnival” theme is “All Eyes Still On We for 2020”.

WTJX Virtual VI Carnival 2020 poster

“The Division of Festivals and WTJX have provided a wonderful series of events on TV and on Facebook showing you Carnivals from years before. I’m sure you might catch a picture of the Governor having a good time, back when my hair was black,” Governor Bryan said.

“For those of us who have reveled since the time we were small, this is a very special time of year for us,” he said. “We miss our friends and families. I miss all of you and the great time we have.”

  • Apr 30:
    • 4:00 am Jou’Virtual on Zoom live with DJs
  • May 01:
    • 2:00 pm 2019 Children’s Parade rebroadcast
    • 9:00 pm Spectrum Band Live in the Village rebroadcast
  • May 02:
    • 12:00 pm 2019 Adults’ Parade rebroadcast
    • 9:00 pm Shaw HP & Mic Love in the Village rebroadcast

Since the Coronavirus pandemic shut down the territory, WTJX has modified its lineup both online and on television to include new features to boost learning and community, including “Breathe Yoga for Kids”, “Workout at Home with WTJX”, “The Teacher Network” providing educational resources in conjuction with the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Education.

Follow WTJX on Facebook or visit WTJX.org to view live events online.

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