Extension of emergency order “nonsense” — says Q.C.

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government’s intention to extend the public state of emergency and emergency orders for another month is “impermissible”, said Wayne Munroe, Q.C. yesterday. Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday tabled a resolution extending the orders until October 31. Parliament is expected to debate the extension at the next sitting of the House. […]

D’Aguilar: Govt. not prepared to ease travel requirements

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said today that while other countries may have loosened travel restrictions to reopen their economy, The Bahamas is not prepared to go that the extent. Speaking to reporters outside Cabinet, D’Aguilar unerscored there it is an ongoing discussion between tourism and public health officials over the matter. Under […]

Breezes used to house suspected COVID cases

However, facility houses ‘persons under investigation’ of COVID, not positive cases NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Health officials yesterday sought to clarify that while the National Response Facility at SuperClubs Breezes has transferred cases of COVID-19 from the facility, it is not being used to house infected patients. The revelation comes after conflicting reports over the use […]

Lockdowns could be recommended for parts of New Providence if necessary, says CMO

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Health officials could recommend a lockdown for specific parts of New Providence if the number of cases continues to increase and become concentrated in a particular area or areas, according to Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Pearl McMillian. McMillian, who was responding to questions from the media during a Ministry of Health virtual […]

Emergency Order outlines latest restrictions

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government has issued the latest emergency orders outlining a range of eased restrictions, including the removal of the need to obtain a negative COVID-19 test when traveling from Grand Bahama. The order delineates varying restrictions for the islands of The Bahamas and businesses, grouped under three schedules. It maintains countrywide guidelines on […]

Bahamasair chairman says COVID-19 testing requirements may keep demand for domestic flights low

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Bahamasair Chairman Tommy Turnquest said yesterday that he is confident the airline is prepared to resume its domestic flight schedule today. “I’ve been told that we are ready to go,” Turnquest told Eyewitness News. “We’re only flying the ATRs because we are only going to the Family Islands.” Turnquest advised that the airline currently […]

Bahamasair to resume flights on Thursday

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bahamasair will resume its domestic flight schedule on Thursday. The airline announced the resumption of services in a statement yesterday, and advised that flights are presently available for purchase. All passengers leaving Nassau are reminded that they must be in possession of a negative PCR COVID-19 test – taken within 5 days […]

“People are dying due to lack of care”: Mother recounts horrific birthing experience at PMH

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Dozens of women have taken to social media to recount horrific experiences at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) Maternity Ward – many revealing they’ve lost their children in the process. Conditions at the facility have been severely strained during the COVID-19 pandemic. The firestorm was sparked by a Facebook post from 35-year-old mother […]

Eighteen COVID deaths in two weeks

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — There have been 18 coronavirus deaths confirmed in The Bahamas over the past two weeks, propelling the country’s death count to 58. An additional 16 deaths are under investigation. The deaths include men and women between the ages of 20 to 99-years-old. Yesterday, the Ministry of Health confirmed two more deaths in […]

Recovered cases may still be COVID positive

160 cases recovered in six days NASSAU, BAHAMAS – After weeks of isolation and quarantine, some individuals have been cleared for reentry to the public even as they retest positive for COVID-19. One positive COVID-19 patient, who spoke to Eyewitness News under the condition of anonymity, explained that he received a discharge letter from the […]

Govt. offering free online contact tracing course

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Ministry of Health has put out a call for individuals interested in joining the government’s contract tracing pool of workers. A free online Contact Tracing Course, in collaboration with the University of The Bahamas, has been made available for all those interested, the ministry advised in its Friday COVID-19 update. “The […]

Churches, preschools, retail clothing stores and more can now operate

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The government has issued new emergency orders expanding the reopening of the country to include multiple businesses and establishments. The Emergency Powers (COVID 19 Pandemic) (No. 5) (Amendment) Order, 2020, released yesterday, permits the operation of religious organizations, educational instruction, private medical facilities, dental practices, and retail stores. According to the order, […]

Barbershop, salons to open nationwide

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — As the phased opening on the country begins tomorrow, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced barbershops and salons may resume operations with one person per service provider. In the emergency orders signed last week, these businesses were only permitted to open on islands that had yet to record a case of the coronavirus. […]