Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has requested from the Legislature a 60-day extension to the State of Emergency declaration enacted on March 13 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bryan, whose declaration was extended on May 11 and is set to expire Saturday, is requesting an extension to Sept. 9, according to a news release from Government House.

“Because the Virgin Islands is a travel destination, it is not immune to COVID-19 and will remain at risk as long as it remains rampant throughout the U.S. and the world,” Bryan wrote in his transmittal letter to Senate President Novelle Francis Jr. “Extending the State of Emergency for an additional 30 days or greater amount of time is critical to enabling the territory to implement adequate staffing coverage, obtain and utilize medical supplies and continue control measures for mitigating the risks.”

Bryan further explained his desire for a 60-day extension.

“This will allow us together to extend the periods of State of Emergency for a greater amount of time, 60 days for this particular extension, and avoid having to call a session every month while unnecessarily exposing the Legislature and its staff to the possibility of COVID-19,” he wrote.