Bahamas gov't to ease some COVID-19 restrictions

Bahamas gov't to ease some COVID-19 restrictions

Thursday, January 21, 2021

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NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC)— The Government of the Bahamas will be easing some of the restrictions that have been implemented to halt the spread of COVID-19.

In a statement on Thursday, the Office of the Prime Minister said that as of Sunday, pharmacies, gas stations and laundromats will now be permitted to operate between the hours of 6:00 am and 9:00 pm (local time) on the islands of New Providence and Abaco.

Outdoor dining at restaurants will also be permitted on Sundays between 6:00 am and 9:00 pm, on New Providence and Abaco.

Effective immediately, for the islands of New Providence, Abaco, mainland Eleuthera and mainland Exuma funeral services may now have a maximum of 20 people at the graveside only, not including the officiant and mortuary workers.

Wedding ceremonies in a religious facility may now take place with a maximum of 20 people in accordance with the protocols established by the Bahamas Christian Council and approved by the Ministry of Health, effective immediately for the islands of New Providence, Abaco, mainland Eleuthera and mainland Exuma.

Funeral repasts and wedding receptions remain prohibited on the islands of New Providence, Abaco, mainland Eleuthera and mainland Exuma.

Earlier this week, Minister of Health Renward Wells suggested that Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, in his capacity as competent authority, would relax COVID-19 restrictions amid a continued downward trend of new COVID-19 cases.

Wells had previously told reporters that the first two weeks of January 2021 would determine whether more restrictive measures are necessary to curb the spread of the virus in The Bahamas.

As of Tuesday, 8,075 cases have been confirmed; a majority of those cases were confirmed between July and October.

Between January 1 and January 19, 176 cases were confirmed.

To date, there have been 6,720 recovered cases. A total of 175 people died of COVID-19 in The Bahamas.

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