Cartwright warns Bahamians to social distance at beaches

Bahamas Public Parks and Public Beaches Authority Executive Chairman Shanendon Cartwright warned Bahamians to practice social distancing while using public beaches.

“The Bahamas Public Parks and Public Beaches Authority wishes to advise the general public that while access to public beaches has not been restricted, we encourage and caution all Bahamians to continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines on all beaches,” Cartwright said in a statement.

“Social distancing guidelines have proven to be effective and remain absolutely necessary in our national fight against COVID-19.”

The authority recently banned all permits for organized social gatherings, shortly after Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis announced that all schools are closed until April 14.

Last week, Minnis ordered that a curfew be imposed across the country and all businesses, with limited exceptions, will suspend operations for a period of 11 days in an effort to fight COVID-19.

In addition to these measures, social distancing guidelines recommend that people stay three to six feet apart in order to prevent spread of the extremely contagious virus.

There are four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in The Bahamas.

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