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Still no reopening date, Baha Mar says

Baha Mar President Graeme Davis said yesterday that the resort still has not made a decision as to when it will reopen. 

“We have not made any decision at this time,” David told The Nassau Guardian.

“As soon as we do, we will make an announcement.” 

He said officials are “still in discussions” as it relates to the resort’s reopening.

Baha Mar is currently accepting reservations for all three of its towers — SLS, Grand Hyatt and Rosewood — starting November 22. 

Rosewood Baha Mar is offering a special that is valid from November 22 to December 19.

The special allows guests to get their fourth night free if they book four consecutive nights at the resort.

“Indulge in endless exploration when you linger just a bit longer at Rosewood Baha Mar,” a notice on the resort’s website reads.

“Book a three-night stay in select room types and receive an extra complimentary night in our elegantly appointed accommodations. Discover activities for the entire family: relish in sharpening your painting and culinary skills, interacting with wildlife at the Sanctuary or enjoying a day of golf. Your adventure awaits.”

On October 8, Davis told The Nassau Guardian that the resort cannot reopen until COVID-19 numbers in The Bahamas are lowered and urged Bahamians to do their part in making that happen.

Asked if he anticipates that the resort will open this year, Davis said, “I certainly hope so. It really depends on everyone doing their job in The Bahamas to get COVID out and get us down to a very low level that’s manageable.

“And there are statistics that show it can be done. There are countries around the world that have kicked it out completely, much larger countries than we are. So, I know it’s possible and I encourage everyone to do their part.”

The Bahamas’ tourism industry came to a near halt in March when a state of emergency was declared and Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis, in his capacity as the competent authority, imposed a nightly curfew, ordered the closure of non-essential businesses and ordered the closure of international and domestic borders.

Thousands of tourism workers have been furloughed as a result.

As of Saturday, there were over 5,700 COVID cases in The Bahamas, giving it one of the highest per capita rates in the region and the world. Of the cases, over 2,200 were active.

With the anticipated ramping up of the tourism industry expected to take place on November 1, the government has announced new travel protocols, which eliminate the need for visitors to quarantine upon arrival.

Atlantis has also not announced a reopening date.

The Paradise Island resort is accepting bookings for December 1 but a spokesperson for the resort declined to comment yesterday on whether the resort is expected to open by that time.

Notes from a recent meeting with Atlantis President Audrey Oswell indicate that the property is expected to reopen “before the end of the year”.

“Reopening does not get us to the end of this, but it’s a start to getting back up and running,” the notes read.

“We will open in phases with limited portions of the entire resort to reopen in phase one. As business demands grow, we will open more and more of the resort offerings and bring employees back to work.”

The meeting notes indicate that the resort will be taking a vacation-in-place approach whenever it reopens.

Guests will be required to have a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test result that is no older than five days old. Per the government’s travel protocol, they will be required to take a rapid antigen test at the airport.

“Once that is shown to be negative, you will be able to come to the Atlantis bubble,” the notes read.

“Guests will have to take a second test on day five and a third test on day nine of your vacation to The Bahamas if your vacation is that long.”

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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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