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In light of the recently confirmed case of the corona virus in The Bahamas, The Ministry of Education (MOE) officially announces the closure of all schools, both public and private, and educational institutions, beginning tomorrow, Monday, March 16th, 2020 until Tuesday, April 14th, 2020. In the Public Sector, teachers and students are not required to report to school; However, all administrators, support staff, and security personnel are expected to report for duty tomorrow Monday, March 16th, 2020, and to await further instructions. Meantime, all Staff of the Ministry of Education Headquarters and various satellite offices are to report to work as usual.
The Ministry wishes to bring to the attention of members of the public that the U.S. Embassy in Nassau has implemented measures to help control the spread of COVID- 19. These measures include social distancing. The U.S. Embassy has indicated that it is canceling routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments. The Embassy will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but is unable to provide a specific date at this time.
The Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas is aware of the presence of COVID-19 in various parts of the world, where there may be Bahamian nationals and students. As the process of nationals and students registering with a Bahamian overseas office is a voluntary one, the Government is only aware of those who have registered. Nevertheless, the Government is also aware that all countries and academic institutions have put in place COVID-19 measures, including, in many cases, the closure of colleges, universities and other educational institutions.
BTC is closely monitoring the evolving situation surrounding the Coronavirus disease and is following guidance from the World Health Organization, The Bahamas Ministry of Health and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The safety of our employees, their families, our customers, and our community is our primary concern. Thus far, we have implemented the following precautionary measures:
Acting Minister of Health the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd announced that a 61-year-old female resident of New Providence who does not have relevant travel history is the first confirmed person with COVID-19 in The Bahamas.
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