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New restrictions announced for NP, GB and North and South Eleuthera

In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 in The Bahamas, Minister of Health Renward Wells announced that a number of restrictions that were recently relaxed will be reinstated on New Providence, Grand Bahama and North and South Eleuthera, including Harbour Island.

Wells said a curfew will be implemented between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

RT PCR tests will be required for travel to any of the Family Islands from New Providence, Grand Bahama and North and South Eleuthera, including Harbour Island. Wells said this applies to people who are not fully vaccinated.

Religious services are to be limited to one hour and will be confined to 33 percent of the facility’s capacity.

Funeral or cremation services are no longer permitted indoors. Funerals are now confined to gravesides only.

Additionally, a maximum of 30 people are allowed at funeral and wedding services. However, indoor weddings are permitted.

Wells said repasts are prohibited.

Exercise groups are limited to 10 people and no sporting activities are allowed at this time.

However, he said professional athletes can continue to train.

Dining is restricted to outdoor and takeaway services. Wells said this restriction does not apply to hotels.

Spas services are not allowed.

As it relates to the Fish Fry, Wells said loitering is prohibited.

For all the Islands of The Bahamas, Wells said, private gatherings are restricted to five persons provided that the guests are vaccinated

Additionally, people who are campaigning must be fully vaccinated and campaigning teams are restricted to five people.

The country recorded 110 cases COVID-19 cases yesterday and one new death.

Five COVID-19 deaths were also recorded on Wednesday. The COVID-19 death toll now stands at 280.

Wells said several strains of the virus, including the UK variant of concern, have been identified in The Bahamas.

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