PM confident Bahamians will use curfew exemption for religious services only

PM confident Bahamians will use curfew exemption for religious services only
Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis (FILE PHOTO)

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said today he believes Bahamians and residents will strictly adhere to the curfew exemption for religious services later this month and not use the provision to engage in social events and parties.

“Bahamians are honest and respectable,” Minnis said in response to questions from the media outside the House of Assembly.

“I respect them for that and I am sure and certain that they will comply with laws and regulations.”

Asked about the existing curfew and whether it could be relaxed further, the prime minister suggested it will remain in place “straight through” the holidays.

During a national address on Sunday, the prime minister announced a further relaxation of measures in The Bahamas in order to celebrate Christmas, noting the country has been doing “generally well” with COVID-19 cases.

This included allowing religious services to be held during curfew hours, and after 10pm to accommodate midnight mass, and “watch night services” on all islands beginning December 24.

Yesterday, The Bahamas recorded zero new infections.

There were nine cases on Saturday and five cases last Friday.

The provision extends to January 3, 2021.

As has been reported, social gatherings will be permitted for up to 10 people including on New Providence, Abaco and Eleuthera during that period.

The 10pm to 5am curfew remains in place for the respective islands.

The quarantine requirement for travelers from New Providence and Grand Bahama to other Family islands will be lifted, effective today, December 7.

Minnis also announced the reopening of all gyms with strict adherence to the health protocols tomorrow.

Retail operators will be allowed to operate between the hours of 6am and 9pm on New Providence and Abaco on two Sundays, December 13 and 20.