CDC Puts the BVI on its High Risk Travel List
(CNN) - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added one destination to its "high" category for Covid-19 risk.
The British Virgin Islands moved up to Level 3 on Monday; it previously had been at Level 2.
The islands are known for the famous Virgin Gorda Baths (a bay dotted with giant granite boulders); water sports such as diving and sailing; and a pace that is more casual than some of the Caribbean's hot spots.
Overall, this week's CDC travel risk update saw little in the way of the dramatic shifts in status that characterized this past winter and early spring during the original Omicron variant surge.
The CDC recently overhauled its ratings system for assessing Covid-19 risk for travelers. The Level 3 "high" risk category is now the top rung in terms of risk level. Level 2 is considered "moderate" risk, and Level 1 is "low" risk.
Level 4, previously the highest risk category, is now reserved only for special circumstances, such as extremely high case counts, emergence of a new variant of concern or health care infrastructure collapse. Under the new system, no destinations have been placed at Level 4 so far.