Changes announced to curfew, domestic travel testing requirements and provisions for fully vaccinated

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Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis today announced several changes to the Emergency Powers Order, including adjustments to curfews, testing requirements for domestic travel, travel health visa fees, wedding receptions, funeral services and provisions for fully vaccinated individuals. Prime Minister Minnis said that progress achieved on the management of the virus during this current period has allowed to Government to make changes to the Emergency Powers Order. As of Monday 21 June, the curfew on New Providence begins at 11pm – 5am; on Grand Bahama, at 12 midnight – 5am; and on Cat Island, North Andros and Central Andros, 10pm – 5am. The curfew on South Andros and the Berry Islands has been lifted.

The RT-PCR test requirement for travel to and from Grand Bahama, Cat Island and Andros has been removed. Effective 1 July, the $10 Travel Health Visa fee for vaccinated Bahamians and residents returning home from abroad will be waived; however, travelers are still required to apply for the health visa. Also effective Monday 21 June, on New Providence, funeral and memorial services are now permitted in a church or other indoor facility in accordance with the health protocols of the Bahamas Christian Council and approved by the Ministry of Health.

There is no requirement to be fully vaccinated. Masks and physical distancing are still required. Repasts remain prohibited on New Providence and Paradise Island, Grand Bahama, mainland Abaco, Eleuthera, including Harbour Island, and Great and Little Exuma.

The number of people allowed to gather in groups on beaches and parks has been increased from five to 15. This applies to New Providence and Paradise Island, Grand Bahama, mainland Abaco, Eleuthera, including Harbour Island, and Great and Little Exuma, where restrictions were previously in place.

Private gatherings and other social events in homes and elsewhere may now be held, provided that all attendees are fully vaccinated with both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. This applies to New Providence and Paradise Island, Grand Bahama, mainland Abaco, Eleuthera, including Harbour Island, and Great and Little Exuma, where restrictions were previously in place.

Hosts will be responsible for verifying vaccination status of their guests. Hosts and guests will be subject to fines for non-compliance. Wedding receptions will now be permitted on New Providence and Grand Bahama, provided that all attendees are fully vaccinated. All performance groups and artists, including bands, Junkanoo groups, dance troupes and acting groups may perform at all activities permitted under the Emergency Powers Order, provided that all performers are fully vaccinated. The Prime Minister emphasized that mask and sanitization requirements remain in place for everyone.

“Our aim is to fully re-open in several months if various conditions are met and advised by health officials,” said Prime Minister Minnis. “As always, we will continue to follow the science and consult with our health team on how best to move forward.”

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