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LPIA remains open despite COVID-19 threat

Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) will not close for the foreseeable future, continues to monitor the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and is working with health officials and its airport partners to ensure the safety and security of all LPIA users, according to Nassau Airport Development Company Limited (NAD).

“The Nassau Airport Development Company Ltd. wishes to advise the general public that Lynden Pindling International Airport is open and fully operational,” the company revealed in a statement yesterday.

“We are asking members of the traveling public to contact their individual airlines for updates on flight schedules. A listing of all airlines and their contacts can be found on LPIA’s website. For the latest information on our airport operations, please visit www.nassaulpia.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @nassau_lpia.”

The Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) noted in a statement released yesterday that it is working with government agencies across The Bahamas to execute the Bahamas National Preparedness and Response Plan for COVID-19.

“At this time, there is one confirmed case of coronavirus in Nassau, The Bahamas,” the statement pointed out.

“The patient is in isolated quarantine following the guidelines outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Ministry of Health is currently conducting full contact analysis and more details will be shared as they become available.

“Given the growing public health concern and to protect the health and well-being of the population of The Bahamas, effective Thursday, March 19, expanded travel restrictions will be introduced for the next 30 days or unless notified. Foreign nationals and foreign individuals who have travelled within the last 20 days from the United Kingdom, Ireland and​ Europe will be prohibited entry into The Bahamas.​ This is in addition to restrictions already in place for China, Iran, Italy and South Korea.​ This restricted travel list of countries will be continuously monitored and updated as necessary.​“

The MOTA stated that a destination-wide education campaign on basic hygiene practices to prevent the spread COVID-19 is underway.

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Chester Robards

Chester Robards rejoined The Nassau Guardian in November 2017 as a senior business reporter. He has covered myriad topics and events for The Nassau Guardian. Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism

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