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Jibrilu says over 1,000 tourists arrived since July 1

Ministry of Tourism and Aviation Director General Joy Jibrilu said yesterday more than 1,000 visitors were expected to arrive in The Bahamas between Wednesday and Thursday.

The Bahamas reopened its borders on Wednesday after being closed for more than three months amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jibrilu said 520 arrived on the first day of the reopening.

She said 498 were expected yesterday.

“However, people are still coming in via boats and FBOs (fixed based operators),” Jibrilu said.

She was unable to provide those figures.

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.

After July 7, visitors will need a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test taken no later than seven days prior to the day of arrival, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said.

Minnis said The Bahamas is reopening with “careful deliberation”.

“Like other jurisdictions that acted early, our task is to reopen with as minimal risk as possible, though risk cannot be eliminated because this epidemic is still raging around the world,” he said.

The prime minister added, “We are reopening because we must carefully balance the health, economic and social needs of our people in order to secure our country in the medium and long-term.

“We have to reopen to get more Bahamians back to work and to get businesses and the economy back to work.”

Tourism, the economic engine of The Bahamas, came to a standstill in late March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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