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Easing up, but curfew remains

New Providence, GB, Abaco only islands left with curfew | Funerals, weddings allowed in churches on all island | Gyms now allowed to open on all islands | Partial beach closures remain for New Providence, GB

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis yesterday announced the lifting of a number of restrictions implemented to slow the spread of COVID-19, but most provisions of the current emergency order remain in place for New Providence, including the nightly curfew.

Abaco and Grand Bahama also remain under curfew. 

Normal commercial and additional social activities are allowed on all islands except New Providence and Abaco, with physical distancing and mask protocols in place, said Minnis who spoke in the House of Assembly on a resolution to extend the state of emergency to October 31.

“While a curfew will no longer be in effect for these islands, health officials recommend that a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew remain in effect for Grand Bahama,” he said.

“Health officials also recommend that beaches remain open daily on Grand Bahama, from 5 a.m. to 12 noon, for the time being.”

Minnis said New Providence and Abaco will remain under heavier restrictions “given the performance indicators being tracked by health officials”.

While he did not provide details yesterday, he said there will soon be an announcement regarding the lifting of quarantine requirements for both domestic and international travel.

“We will present a plan very soon to remove both domestic and international quarantine related to travel,” he said.

“And the minister of tourism will give an update on such plan very soon.”

Gyms on all islands are allowed to open subject to Ministry of Health protocols and guidelines.

Wedding ceremonies and funerals are permitted inside religious facilities on all islands, so long as Ministry of Health guidelines for church services are followed.

Indoor wedding receptions and funerals are permitted on all islands except Abaco and New Providence.

On all islands, including Abaco and New Providence, funerals may be held in a religious facility following protocols and Ministry of Health approved guidelines currently in place for church services.

On Abaco and New Providence, graveside services and interments are limited to 10 attendees, excluding mortuary workers and the officiant. On all other islands, graveside services may have up to 30 people in attendance. 

Repasts are not permitted on Abaco and New Providence, but are allowed on other islands with no more than 20 people in attendance.

Beaches on Abaco will open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

“And if you want to go to 12 midnight, nobody cares,” the prime minister said.

“Enjoy yourself.”

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Rachel Knowles

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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