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Atlantis to begin phased reopening before year’s end

Atlantis announced on Tuesday that it will begin its phased reopening before the end of the year.

In a letter to staff, Atlantis President and Managing Director Audrey Oswell wrote, “I am writing to update you that we will be announcing our plans to reopen Atlantis Paradise Island in the weeks ahead. Currently, we expect to welcome our first guests before the end of 2020.

“Atlantis will reopen in several planned phases. Our highest priority is and will always be to ensure the health and safety of our guests and you, our valued team members.

“We are also focused on reopening the property in response to our guests’ pent up demand to visit, which continues to be impacted by COVID-19.”

Atlantis previously intended to reopen on July 15 but changed course as the United States – which accounts for 80 percent of The Bahamas’ foreign visitors – experienced a significant spike in COVID-19 cases.

Atlantis has been closed since March.

Oswell said employees will be notified of the reopening date in time.

“At that time, we will begin the process of notifying you if you will be returning for phase one,” she said.

“We will also provide details on when you should return to work and introduce the new processes and protocols to maintain your health, safety, and well-being while at work.

“Unfortunately, we cannot welcome everyone back for phase one. In the coming weeks, we will share details on how we will support hose colleagues in the interim period, and the milestones Atlantis need to achieve to bring you back.”

Atlantis is the single largest private employer in The Bahamas.

Thousands of furloughed employees were eagerly awaiting their return to work at the end of the month.

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