COVID Restrictions Further Relaxed

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A further relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions pushes the curfew back by another hour.

As of today, the 9:00pm will instead begin at 10:00pm ending at 5:00am.

“It is only one hour but it is necessary because as certain sectors of society opens, this additional time is needed,” Prime Minister the Most Honourable Dr. Hubert Minnis explained during his wrap up of the 2020/2021 budget debate in the House of Assembly on Monday, adding that business hours have been extended to 8:00pm with physical distancing, proper sanitization and hygiene measures a must.

In terms of travel, the prime minister stressed that all visitors, Bahamians and residents entering or returning to The Bahamas are required to submit PCR COVID-19 negative tests and completed health forms.

“These PCR COVID-19 tests have to be taken within a 10-day window before travel to The Bahamas. An exception to require a negative PCR COVID-19 will be made for short travel periods of 72 hours or less for Bahamians or residents. However, upon return to The Bahamas, these individuals may have to be quarantined for 14 days based on a determination by the Ministry of Health,” he said.

“That is essential because there are certain groups of Bahamians who may have intentions of flying into the US for one day or a 36-hour trip, but the test take 48 hours, which means they either would have to extend their period of time….But if they insist they must go, they would have to be quarantined because they would have entered the realms of the hotspots. So, I would encourage Bahamians would want to spend some time aboard that they invest their moneys in the Family Islands.”

Effective July 1, gyms can reopen with approved health safety protocols.

Public parks and beaches are slated to reopen on New Providence, Paradise Island, Grand Bahama and Bimini on Monday, June 29th.

The prime minister made it clear however that there are to be no beach parties.

If all goes as planned, July 1st, will also see the resumption of taxi and bus services; the latter with 50 per cent occupancy.

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