In the first day of a seven-day lockdown and before the competent authority reversed course on the lockdown, Warwick Paradise Island revealed on its social media feeds that it has made the decision to close indefinitely.
The resort also revealed in its post that it will not accept nightly and day pass reservations for the duration of the lockdown period and continuing to August 31.
The resort’s Instagram caption noted: “Warwick Paradise Island Bahamas is temporarily closed as of today, August 18, 2020, until further notice.”
Warwick was one of the only resorts that remained open on Paradise Island when the country reopened to visitors at the beginning of July and which remained open after further restrictions were placed on anyone coming into The Bahamas.
It is understood that Bahamians were patronizing the establishment since it reopened.
“After last night’s announcement of new restrictions for New Providence by the prime minister under the emergency powers order, Warwick Paradise Island has made the decision to not accept nightly and day pass reservations effective today, August 18 through August 31, inclusive,” Warwick’s social media post added. “All reservations during this time frame have been canceled.”
During his national address Monday night, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis took a swipe at Bahamians who have been using open hotels in manners contrary to the best advice to help guard against the spread of COVID-19.
However, he did not specifically name the hotels being used.
“Some people are gathering in groups in their neighborhoods; some are going out where not necessary; some are not following health guidelines while out in public; some are going out visiting friends and families; and some have booked themselves in hotels and having the time of their life,” Minnis said.
“Some people are having socials and parties. The virus is spreading rapidly because of the failure of many to adhere to life-saving and preventative measures.”
During his address, Minnis did allow for hotels to remain open with only essential staff.