The Office of the Prime Minister announced yesterday that the lockdown on North and Central Andros and Cat Island will end today and be replaced with a new curfew.
The lockdowns were implemented on May 24 for two weeks to slow the spread of COVID-19 on those islands. It was extended on June 14.
In a statement, OPM said the curfew will come to an end today at 5 a.m. on North and Central Andros and Cat Island.
Effective today, a daily curfew of 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. will be in place on North and Central Andros.
On Cat Island, a new curfew of 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. will be effective today.
North Andros and the Berry Islands MP Carlton Bowleg said yesterday that he was pleased with the news and noted that it shows that residents are following the protocols that were put in place.
He said now people can get back to catching crabs and back to work.
“We still have to realize that we are not out of the woods yet,” he warned.
There are a total of 169 cases of COVID-19 on Andros.
Sixty-six cases were reported on Andros between April 23 and May 22.
Twenty-eight new cases have been reported since May 23.
Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador MP Philip Brave Davis said yesterday that the lockdown was never needed for the islands.
He said he is pleased that it was lifted and will hopefully be a relief for Cat Islanders.
“But it was unnecessary in the first place,” he said.
Davis, who has been critical of the Minnis administration’s handling of the pandemic, said the government’s decisions do not seem to align with the science on COVID-19. He said people need to wash their hands, wear masks and social distance. He once again stressed that testing is important.
He said measures such as curfews and lockdowns are designed to help the government deal with significant outbreaks.
There are 71 COVID-19 cases on Cat Island.
Forty of those cases were reported on Cat Island between April 23 and May 22.
Twenty-one new cases have been reported since May 23.
On June 10, officials reported that a 59-year-old man from Cat Island died from COVID-19.