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Mitchell in quarantine on Grand Bahama

Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Fred Mitchell said last night that he is quarantined in a hotel on Grand Bahama following a trip to the United States.

He said he had tested negative for COVID-19 before returning to The Bahamas.

“I followed all the protocols and rules and I am still doing so,” Mitchell told The Nassau Guardian.

Mitchell’s comments came after a video was released of him being interviewed by a ZNS news team at Grand Bahama International Airport yesterday.

The video raised questions as to why Mitchell was not quarantined as required by the latest emergency powers orders, which mandate a negative COVID test and 14-day quarantine for all individuals traveling to The Bahamas.

“I landed and there was an interview team and I did an interview,” he said.

Mitchell said he went to his hotel after leaving the airport. 

He was unable to say how long he will be on Grand Bahama.

“I think inter-island travel requires another set of permissions, so that has to be done as well,” Mitchell said.

As it regards inter-island travel, prior to traveling, individuals must obtain a negative test result and upon arrival on the other island, submit to mandatory quarantine at a government identified facility or any other facility deemed appropriate by the Ministry of Health.

These provisions do not apply in respect of an emergency, as the operator of an aircraft or vessel transporting freight and passengers, and in regards to travel among certain islands: Chub Cay, Harbour Island, Long Cay, Long Island, Ragged Island, Rum Cay, San Salvador and Spanish Wells.

The chief medical officer, or her designate, may exempt a person traveling from a Family Island to New Providence or Grand Bahama from having to comply with the testing requirement, but that person shall be required to submit to a mandatory quarantine at a government facility at his or her own expense.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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