Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis will close beaches and parks on New Providence, Paradise Island and Grand Bahama over the Independence weekend starting on Thursday, July 9 at 10 p.m. and ending on Monday, July 13 at 5 a.m., as a means to prevent any spread of COVID-19.
Shortly before the House suspended yesterday, Minnis rose to his feet to give notice of a resolution to extend the state of emergency.
After he read the notice, Minnis said, “I want to remind this Parliament and this Bahamian populace that we are quite aware of the surge of COVID-19 virus that is occurring in the United States, particularly Florida, Texas [and] Arizona, which I will speak to later.
“We are also aware what may have contributed to some of the surge.
“We are taking these matters into consideration, so as to avoid such activities in The Bahamas and possibility of introduction and consequently spread.
“The beaches and parks on New Providence, Paradise Island and surrounding cays and Grand Bahama will close on the 9 July at 10 p.m. when the normal curfew is closed until the 13 July 5 a.m. on Monday.”
Beaches and parks on New Providence, Paradise Island, Grand Bahama and Bimini were allowed to reopen on June 29, after a three-month closure.
As noted, the U.S. is seeing a spike in new COVID-19 cases. Arizona surpassed 100,000 cases on Monday and both Florida and Texas surpassed 200,000 total cases.
The Bahamas has 104 cases of the virus. The last case was recorded on June 14.
As a result, The Bahamas began to slowly lift restrictions that were implemented to curb the novel coronavirus.
This included reopening its borders to tourists on July 1. As of Sunday, fewer than 1,900 people arrived to the country via Lynden Pindling International Airport.
Tourists and locals arriving in The Bahamas between July 1 and July 7 must present negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test results no more than 10 days old.
As of today, visitors will need a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test taken no later than seven days prior to the day of arrival.