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Civil servants to return to work on June 29

Public servants will resume work on June 29, roughly three months after all non-essential workers were ordered to stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis announced yesterday.

“All public servants are to resume work duty on Monday 29th June, 2020,” Minnis said during his contribution to the 2020/2021 budget debate.

“Employees with compromised health systems [are] to work remotely for a period of two months on receipt of medical certificates.

“Permanent secretaries are to implement a shift system in support of social distancing for a period of two months in ministries and departments.”

Minnis made the announcement as he noted that the country is moving into the fifth and final phase of its reopening plan.

As The Bahamas began to record its first cases of COVID-19, the government moved quickly to implement stringent curfew and lockdown measures to contain the virus.

Months later, the borders are set to reopen on July 1, even as new cases surge in some parts of the United States.

There are 104 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, with the most recent having been confirmed on June 14.

Sixteen cases are still active and 77 people have recovered. Eleven people in the country have died of COVID-19.

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