Nella Mintz, 31, a resident of El Paso, Texas, is excited to travel to The Bahamas this month.
“What I look forward to the most is the beach,” she told The Nassau Guardian.
“I haven’t been to a beach in about five years now and I truly do miss it. I’ve never been to The Bahamas, so I am really looking forward to it. I’m sure it’ll be an experience that I’ll never forget.”
Mintz added, “I’ll be flying from Miami airport [because a] flight would have been 19 hours from Texas. My best friend is getting married soon so we are taking sort of a girls’ trip with all of the bridesmaids as a celebration.”
The Bahamas’ borders were ordered shut by the government in late-March in an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19.
It reopened to visitors today.
Visitors traveling to The Bahamas must present a negative COVID-19 test — no older than 10 days — in order to enter The Bahamas. After July 7, visitors will be required to show a test no older than seven days.
Mintz was not aware of this requirement.
“I truly had no idea,” she said.
Asked about her next step, Mintz replied, “To get tested, of course. I work from home and rarely leave my house. So I know I’m not sick.”
She added, “With the rise in cases as of lately, I am a bit weary. But, I am confident that where we will be staying will take all of the necessary precautions as far as cleanliness, etc.
“And, of course, I’ll be doing the same; for example, wearing a mask and having my sanitizer on hand.”
Last week, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames said visitors will have to adhere to curfew — 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. — while in The Bahamas.
On Sunday, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said visitors will have to wear a mask, including while entering and leaving a beach.
He said Bahamian citizens, residents and visitors found not wearing masks will be subject to a fine of $200, one month in prison or both.
Mintz said yesterday that will not be an issue for her.
“I am most certainly willing to adhere to all protocols that are in place,” she said.
There are over 10.3 million COVID-19 cases globally.
The United States has more than 2.6 million confirmed cases.
Texas reported roughly 15,000 new COVID-19 cases between June 26 and June 29.