PM relaxes rules on more islands, incl. Grand Bahama

PM relaxes rules on more islands, incl. Grand Bahama

Eleven islands to resume commercial and social activities

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has announced the resumption of commercial and social activities on 11 more islands, excluding New Providence.

Among relaxed measures include: the allowance of weddings and funerals to be held in religious institutions, as well as the resumptions of approved gym facilities on all islands.

According to the prime minister, commercial and social activities may resume on Andros, Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Cay, the Berry Islands, Bimini, Cat Island, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama, Inagua and Mayaguana with physical distancing and mask-wearing protocols in place.

A curfew has been discontinued for Harbour Island, Long Island, Ragged Island, Rum Cay, San Salvador and Spanish Wells.

Minnis said health officials recommend a 10pm to 5am curfew remain in place for Grand Bahama and that beaches remain open from 5am to noon.

As it relates to New Providence, the prime minister said existing orders will remain in place due to the numbers of cases.

New Providence had 2,422 cases as of Tuesday.

He said existing protocols will also remain in effect for Abaco at this time and beaches will remain open between 5am and 10pm.

The island had 115 cases on Tuesday.

“If you want to go to 12, nobody cares, enjoy yourself,” said Minnis, who expressed his desire to go to the beach in New Providence, but could not because of the limited time.

He said he will be traveling to Andros soon and has already purchased a new bathing suit.

Weddings on all islands may be held in a religious facility following protocols and health guidelines.

While wedding receptions on Abaco and New Providence will be limited to outdoors, wedding receptions on all other islands may be held indoors and outdoors while recognizing all health protocols.

Funerals may be held in religious institutions on all islands with health protocols and approved guidelines for church services.

Graveside service or interment services will also be permitted on Abaco and New Providence with up to 10 people, excluding officiant and mortuary workers.

Repast services remain prohibited on both islands.

However, graveside or interment services can be held on all other islands with 30 people in attendance and repast services will be permitted with a maximum of 20 people.

Gyms, a sector that has remained closed for the majority of the ongoing second wave, will be allowed to reopen on all islands subject Ministry of Health approval.

The prime minister said approved facilities will be inspected periodically by health officials.

Minnis also announced the government will soon present a plan to “remove both domestic and international quarantine, related to travel”.

Anyone who enters The Bahamas must present a COVID-19 negative test and quarantine for 14 days.

There are varying quarantine requirements for domestic travel.

“The Ministry of Tourism will give an update on such plans very soon,” Minnis said.

As The Bahamas furthers its reopening and eases restrictions, the prime minister encouraged residents to follow all health protocols, stressing that the most effective means to mitigate the spread of the virus is wearing a mask and social distancing.

He called facial masks an “anti-viral scud missile” against the virus, adding that some health professionals have indicated “the mask is just as effective as the vaccine”.

4 comments

“He said he will be traveling to Andros soon and has already purchased a new bathing suit.”

I wonder if he will quarantine for 14 days when to gets to Andros. Or will it be do as I say and not as I do.

Sounds like I touched a hit a nerve. Things are perfectly straight with me. Unfortunately because of tbe Incompetent Authority actions many Bahamians won’t be “straight” for a long time to come.

PM, sometimes you need to isolate yourself and ask your self how would you feel if you was to go visit a country and must quarintine for14 days ? Some visitors don’t even stay that long , some only come for 2 to 3 days. PM you really need to put your head on your shoulder , if you don’t act now this country will be in a major disaster, alot of business will be closing their doors and moving their business else where. This corvid 19 ain’t no difference then the flu or tuberculosis. It is basicly the same thing its just that ya’ll want people to live in fear and ya’ll decided to publicize every death , flu, and tuberculosis victim as well as other illness that i have not listed. Fear, stress, and panic are the leading cause of death. Example the homeless ain’t struggling with fear, stress,or panic they are living thir everyday life and nothing has happen to them yet ,they are enjoying their every day life through God Grace and Mercy. I have seen only less then a handful of homeless people with mask on. They are social distancing their self from others very well. Wearing our mask corving or mouth and noise in puplic place and social distance are understandable to protect our elders and others with weaker immune system . Washing our hands and santizing should be natural many was doing that way before corvid 19 came about.

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