During his Contribution to the 2020/2021 Budget Debate, on June 15, 2020, Minister of The Environment and Housing the Hon. Romauld Ferreira, said that, upon the announcement of the COVID-19 emergency lockdown order on March 16, 2020, his Ministry activated its plan “to keep the essential functions of the Ministry operational at a time when our country needed
us the most”.
“Critical and essential staff worked from home, the Executive Team worked from home and visited the office periodically, and the administrative support team remained alert and responsive,” Minister Ferreira said in the House of Assembly.
The DEHS (Department of Environmental Health Services) was declared an essential service, and rightly so, maintaining the support to ensure the collection of garbage and operation of the landfill are essential. Thank you,” he added.
“I also congratulate the Bahamas National Geographic Information service centre for their most excellent work in GIS mapping and contact tracing. Your work saved lives. Thank you.”
Minister Ferreira said that the entire Ministry is reopening, with essential staff working on a shift system, since May 4th.
“As with all other ministries and departments, staff are required to have face masks, wash or sanitize their hands frequently and practice social distancing,” he noted.
Minister Ferreira said that he was “extremely proud” of his Ministry’s work over the past year. He noted that the Ministry achieved many landmark goals which will transform, protect and ensure an environmental legacy for generations of Bahamians to come.
“We have one goal, one singular purpose to protect: conserve and maintain the integrity and sustainability of the environment for the wellbeing of the Bahamian people,” he said.