Writer: Macushla Pinder
The Bahamas has shifted into Phase 3 of its reopening, in the process further relaxing restrictions. Come June 2nd, the Monday to Friday 24-hour curfew will be lifted and a new and reduced curfew from 9:00pm to 5:00am will take effect countrywide.
Furthermore, weekend lockdowns will continue Fridays 9:00pm to Mondays 5:00am. Exercise will be permitted in the immediate neighbourhood 5:00am to 9:00pm. “Regarding the upcoming Whit Monday and Labour Day holidays, the weekend lockdown will apply to both days,” Prime Minister the Most Honourable Dr. Hubert Minnis.
“…Effective Tuesday, June 2nd, public beaches and parks will be open for use on all islands except for Bimini, Eleuthera, Exuma, Grand Bahama, Harbour Island, New Providence and Paradise Island and San Salvador….Also effective this coming Tuesday, commencement and graduation ceremonies, funerals and weddings in groups of no more than 30 may take place with the approval of the competent authority.”
Starting Saturday, June 6th, worship services can take place in the sanctuary on Saturdays and Sundays between 7:00am and 1:00pm on New Providence, Grand Bahama and Bimini. “Even as we reopen, we must remember that we are living in a new normal, in which we must continue to practice physical distancing, proper sanitization and wearing masks,” the prime minister said. “If we do not collectively observe these measures and community spread widens, the country may have to revert to earlier phases.”
The prime minister’s comments came while leading off debate on a resolution to extend Emergency Orders to June 29th. The Opposition has vowed that it will not support the move “in its current form.”