Dames says PM to announce added measures to combat COVID-19

A day after the country reopened for visitors, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames yesterday said Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis will speak to further measures being put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in The Bahamas very soon.

On the sidelines of the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s (RBPF) graduation ceremony, Dames said while he didn’t want to preempt the prime minister’s pronouncements, they will speak to an adjustment in curfew and the enforcement of new laws like the mandatory wearing of masks in public.

“The prime minister will be making some other pronouncements shortly and I don’t want to circumvent what those pronouncements will be,” Dames said to reporters.

“But, they will be added measures to ensure that we are able to maintain this level of protection and safety for our residents.”

When asked if he believes the current curfew of 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. should remain in place to aid in the suppression of crime, Dames said, “Listen, our (the government’s) efforts are for the safety and security of our people and those persons who visit our shores. Every measure, effort and initiative is for the purpose of doing just that.

“At the end of the day, we come to a consensus in the best interest of the people of this country, and so far so good. We can walk around our country without any serious concerns about COVID-19 being in every corner and having community spread. That’s as a result of planning and we will continue to plan.”

Dames pointed to the 100 new members of the RBPF nearby and said their job now is to join in the fight of maintaining law and order.

Seventy-seven men and 23 women joined the ranks of the RBPF before tents filled with family and friends who cheered them on.

During his address to the graduates, the heat got to a few of the new officers and four of them fainted, prompting senior officers nearby to rush to their aid.

However, the occasion was still a momentous one for squads C,D and E who completed five months of training, even through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The graduates performed drills, sang, danced and wowed spectators as they brought an end to their time as officers-in-training, and began their new roles as police men and women.

Police Commissioner Paul Rolle implored the new constables that they aren’t above the law and that their communities are looking to them to be good examples.

“New recruits, follow the path of truth,” Rolle said.

“Your roll entails helping those who need help and arresting those who prey on the innocent.

“Be cognizant of this one thing: right is right, even if no one else is doing it. Wrong is wrong, even if everyone else is doing it.”

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