Arawak Cay vendors: “We didn’t open the borders”

Arawak Cay vendors: “We didn’t open the borders”
The Fish Fry at Arawak Cay.

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Arawak Cay Conch, Fish, Vegetable & Food Vendors Association president Rodney Russell yesterday said he could not understand the government’s decision to shut down the popular cultural hub.

In response to the move, Russell told Eyewitness News: “We didn’t open the borders”.

Health officials recorded 15 new coronavirus cases yesterday.

During a national address, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced numerous restrictions, including a ban on all incoming commercial flights and vessels, with the exception of carriers from Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union.

Private international flights and charters, as well as private pleasure craft and yachts from all countries may still to enter The Bahamas.

He indicated that restaurants at Arawak Cay and Potter’s Cay will be required to close, effective today.

These closures, Minnis said, “will remain in place until we are able to ensure that better social distancing can be practiced and enforced”.

Shortly after reopening just over a month ago, Russell was forced to defend the vendors amid social media posts suggesting that COVID-19 social distancing protocols and the wearing of masks were not being enforced.

Yesterday, he said: “I don’t know why we are being put back to the same point we were some months ago. I have no idea.

“Whoever is in the room who has it out for Arawak Cay is definitely getting their point across. No one cared to inform me about any meeting about  Arawak Cay or Potter’s Cay.”

He said: “We are again being closed down and we were doing what we were asked to do. We didn’t open the borders. You shut down, the bars, beaches as well and the fish fry and Potter’s Cay. I don’t know why we are back to where we are.

“If it is because of this new spike we didn’t open the borders. We must comply but for how long will we be shut down?”


My only question is the PM by his own admission said most if not all of the new cases are Bahamians that travelled to the US and were not required to have a Covid test to come back to the Bahamas and even in his statement of July 19 they still don’t have to get a test to return,than why is the entire Tourism industry being shut down in GBI ?? Is Grand Bahama not destroyed enough?Why are no restrictions being placed on NP ?Tourists that come to fish don’t mix with the population,they rarely leave the marina property.The Bahamians on the 72 hour no testing rule mix with the public in the US and especially mix in every part of society here in Bahamaland.

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