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Permits for public gatherings banned

On the heels of The Bahamas recording its first case of COVID-19, Bahamas Public Parks and Public Beaches Authority Executive Chairman Shanendon Cartwright announced yesterday that permits for organized public gatherings have been banned indefinitely.

“The Bahamas Public Parks and Public Beaches Authority in consideration of public health concerns wishes to advise the Bahamian public that both existing permits for organized public gatherings and the issuance of any further permits are suspended effective immediately until further notice,” Cartwright said.

“The Bahamas Public Parks and Public Beaches Authority thanks the Bahamian public for your continued diligence as we prioritize the nation’s public health concerns.”

In an effort to help slow or prevent the spread of the highly infectious COVID-19, public health officials both locally and worldwide have been encouraging people to practice social distancing, which includes avoiding large public gatherings and all “unnecessary” travel as much as possible.

Officials are also encouraging anyone who feels ill to self-quarantine by staying at home, away from their family members, and contacting the emergency COVID-19 hotline.

Since its emergence in December, COVID-19 has spread to all continents except Antarctica, and its cases continue to dramatically increase.

As of yesterday, over 153,000 cases have been reported worldwide, with over 5,700 deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

WHO last week declared a pandemic.

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