Statement on the State Opening of Parliament at the Baha Mar Convention Center

From: Bahamas Information Services

The Order of Prorogation issued on August 18, 2021 calls for the House of Assembly to resume on Wednesday, October 6, 2021. While historically the Opening of Parliament is held in Rawson and Parliament Squares, we wish to advise that the Government’s Steering Committee for the Opening of Parliament has recommended that this year’s opening be relocated indoors for the following reasons:

Threat of adverse weather following consultation with the Bahamas Department of Meteorology

Active demolition of the Churchill Building,

Space / seating limitations in the Square due to social distancing protocols.

It has therefore been determined that the Opening of Parliament will be held at the Baha Mar Convention Center on Wednesday, October 6, 2021.

Owing to the previously stated rationale, we are satisfied that this decision will allow for the execution of the event in a manner that is representative of the opening of the House of Assembly.

We are further satisfied that all COVID-19 health and safety protocols will be executed to standard. The Government of the Bahamas is ready to get to work and we invite all Bahamians to follow the proceedings on television, radio or by live stream and hear firsthand the legislative priorities of the Davis-led administration.