PM: “Many more deaths” were it not for emergency orders

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said today that had the government not enacted the COVID-19 Emergency Orders there would have been “many more deaths”, as he defended his administration’s actions as “morally and constitutionally right”. Minnis, who kicked off debate in Parliament on a resolution to extend the state of emergency to […]

AG defends extension of state of emergency

Bethel: Only a little more ways to go before the start of mass vaccination NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Attorney General Carl Bethel yesterday defended the government’s decision to seek an extension of the state of emergency and emergency order until May 23, pointing to the onslaught of COVID-19 variants worldwide. On Monday, Prime Minister Dr Hubert […]

Govt optimistic about employment in tourism sector

Atlantis optimistic Spring Break will spur reopening of Royal Towers by end of February NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes said yesterday he is “very optimistic” about the employment situation in The Bahamas, “especially the touristic sector”. Foulkes was responding to concerns about Atlantis’ latest announcement that it will temporarily furlough some of […]

PM Minnis urges Bahamians to remain vigilant

Govt intends to extend state of emergency until May 23 Minnis: We can see light at the end of the tunnel  NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government intends to extend the public state of emergency and emergency orders for another four months, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced in Parliament yesterday. The prime minister gave notice […]

Global Tourism Crisis Committee recommends vaccine passports for resumption of international travel

NASSAU, BAHAMAS —The Global Tourism Crisis Committee has underscored the need for vaccine passports in order to jumpstart international tourism amidst the ongoing global pandemic. The committee met in Madrid last week during the 113th session of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Executive Council to advance solid plans to restart tourism. The meeting […]

US to implement quarantine as part of travel protocols

US president establishes 14-day review committee for CDC travel protocols  NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Newly inaugurated United States President Joe Biden announced yesterday that international visitors traveling to the United States will be required to quarantine upon arrival in the country. The new measure will expand on the requirements announced by the Centers for Disease Control and […]

Davis urges govt. to take action on new COVID variant; says “lockdowns are not a plan”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis last night questioned the government’s action plan in the event a potential new strain of COVID-19 should enter the country. In a statement, he urged the government to plan ahead to prevent having to implement “devastating” lockdowns and curfews. “The government has said that […]

D’Aguilar: English-speaking Caribbean countries seeking special consideration for CDC travel regime

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government is seeking a waiver from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a Caribbean-wide exemption from its new travel entry requirement, according to Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar. The CDC has announced that starting January 26, all air passengers entering the United States will be required to have a […]

Vaccine Consultative Committee members named

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) yesterday named the members of the newly formed National COVID-19 Vaccine Consultative Committee, which includes stakeholders from the public and private sectors, as well as community and religious leaders. Recently appointed by Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, the committee was formed to advise the prime […]

PAHO/WHO: Vaccine passport “not justifiable”

One vaccine approved thus far in COVAX facility PAHO director says next two years “critical” for vaccine distribution; countries must manage expectations NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) will not support the implementation of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination passports, according to Deputy Director of the PAHO Health Emergencies Department Dr […]

MOTA: New US travel requirements “seamlessly integrate” with Bahamas’ anti-COVID efforts

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The recently announced changes to the US’ travel requirements line up with The Bahamas’ efforts to combat COVID-19, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) yesterday. The statement follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday announcing that all travelers into the United […]

Govt. spend over $177 million on pandemic response

Unemployment assistance to continue until the end of Jan. Food assistance to continue until the end of March NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government spent over $177 million through the end of October 2020 on its comprehensive response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis revealed yesterday. During his first national address for the […]