Minister of Social Services Frankie Campbell today advised homeless people, who have nowhere to go during curfew, to seek assistance from the Department of Social Services.
The curfew, which mandates that only essential workers leave their houses between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., was imposed by the prime minister last week as an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19 in The Bahamas.
Individuals who violate curfew are subjected to up to 18 months in prison or up to a $10,000.
“I would like to say to those persons who are walking the streets, who don’t necessarily need to be walking the streets, who possibly because they have some habit or some lifestyle that has caused their families and loved ones to close doors that were once opened to do them, to check themselves and see if they can reunite with their families,” Campbell told The Nassau Guardian.
“I would say to persons who have no other choice that they can go to our centers and seek the assistance that our four centers offer which is Pitt Road, Robinson Road at the entrance of Montell Heights, Fox Hill and Wulff Road.”
Services offered by the centers include access to food, shelter and clothing, according to the minister.
The Nassau Guardian recently revealed that several men, who were charged with violating curfew on Grand Bahama, were homeless.