‘What difference will an hour make?’

Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis yesterday slammed Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis’ decisions regarding emergency orders and curfew changes as causing “chaos, pain and confusion” for Bahamians.

His comments came after Minnis announced that the emergency orders enacted to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country would be extended through the month of July; and that the nightly curfew will change by one hour, starting at 10 p.m. instead of 9 p.m. and still ending at 5 a.m.

Speaking to reporters outside the House of Assembly, Davis said: “Well, first of all, I’ve been admonishing them to be wise in their decisions.

“I have to understand, when he said he’s extending the powers to July, I have to understand what that means in specifics because he was very general, in my view, as to what he intends to do. We need to understand what that means and how disruptive that’s going to be to the lives of our people because we cannot continue the way we are.

“[T]here’s too much pain and hurt in our communities, particularly our inner-city communities, where people are screaming from the pain that’s being inflicted upon them.”

Taking aim at the amended curfew, Davis added: “I mean, I guess any relief that persons seem to be getting from this sort of oppressive, seemingly oppressive measure is a relief.

“But, what difference would an hour make? We’ll just see.”

The country has been in a state of emergency since mid-March as it recorded its first case of COVID-19.

The state of emergency, which enables the Emergency Powers Orders, was initially set to expire at the end of March, but has been extended several times since then.

Davis said yesterday he believes nothing Minnis “intends to do now will do anything to alleviate those three things that I’ve continually said that afflicts us: confusion, chaos and angst”.

“His decisions have continually produced chaos, pain and confusion,” Davis said.

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