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Ministry to distribute lunch vouchers tomorrow

Jeffrey Lloyd.

An exception to Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis’ COVID-19 emergency order has been made for one day in the Ministry of Education to allow students on the National Lunch Programme to access meal vouchers tomorrow, Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd announced via a circulated voice note on Sunday evening.

“All Ministry of Education schools and satellite offices will be closed to the general public from Monday, March 23 to the end of the emergency order, at 9 a.m., Tuesday, March 31, 2020, except for Wednesday, March 25, 2020, when an administrator or whomever he or she designates, will distribute lunch vouchers to students who are on the National Lunch Programme,” Lloyd said.

“This will be done from 9 a.m. to noon on the said Wednesday.”

He added: “The distribution of lunch vouchers on the Family Islands will be undertaken by the district superintendent, or where there is no district superintendent, by the Family Island administrator.”

On March 14, Minnis announced that schools will be closed for a month, until April 14, in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Shortly after, on March 19, he ordered that a curfew be imposed across the country and that all businesses, with limited exceptions, will suspend operations until March 31.

“Parents and guardians and the general public are notified that schools in New Providence and Grand Bahama will only operate on Wednesday, March 25, between the designated hours of 9 a.m. and 12 noon for the distribution of the lunch vouchers and no other business,” Lloyd said.

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