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As lockdown nears, gov’t orders that everyone must wear masks in public

 The government today ordered that everyone in The Bahamas wear a mask when leaving their homes and that exempted businesses may deny entry to patrons who do not wear masks.

“Every person who leaves his residence in accordance with the provisions of this order and any exemption granted hereunder shall wear a mask covering his nose and mouth while away from his residence,” according to the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) (No. 2) (Amendment) (No. 7) Order, 2020.

“An exempted business or undertaking may deny entry to any person not wearing a mask covering his nose and mouth.”

On Monday, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis announced a five-day national lockdown which will start tonight and end on Tuesday morning.

As of 5 a.m. on Tuesday, The Bahamas will return to a previously implemented 24-hour curfew, according to the prime minister.

The Bahamas is, like the rest of the world, battling the COVID-19 pandemic. So far, there have been seven deaths and 40 confirmed cases in the country.

The government has implemented several measures in an effort to curb the transmission of the disease.

The most recent government order notes that gas stations on Abaco and Andros are permitted to open between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. during the curfew.

Construction companies that are carrying out Hurricane Dorian relief efforts on Grand Bahama and Abaco, construction of a sea wall in Mangrove Cay, Andros, and construction of a quarantine building in South Eleuthera are exempted from curfew, according to the order.

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