On Monday at 8 pm, the Government of Bahamas declared a fourteen-day lockdown for Cat Island and North and Central Andros, as the nation moves to subdue the spread of the coronavirus.
On Saturday, Bahamas officially recorded 52 COVID-19 cases, including 7 cases for Cat Island and 9 cases in Andros. In total, the Bahamas has recorded 222 deaths and 11, 296 positive cases since March 2020.
Bahamas Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis, said that only essential workers will be permitted to visit the islands during the lockdown period.
“Every agency, business or establishment shall remain closed, except for the Royal Bahamas Police Force, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Government community clinics, and COVID-19 vaccination sites.
“No individual, other than an essential worker, shall leave his or her place of residence for any purpose other than for the purpose of seeking urgent medical attention, to go to a vaccination site, or on prescribed days, to purchase food, water, and other essential items. The administrator or a designee, is permitted to distribute food and water on behalf of the Government,” the Prime Minister said.
“Food stores might be opened for two days, between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm after the mailboat has shown up. Occupants may leave their homes, to go to the food store during the two days, promptly following the appearance of the mailboat as it were. Ranchers are allowed to water their yields, between the long stretches of 5:00 am to 9:00 am.” Also, PM Minnis said that subsistence fishing will be allowed and that the commercial banks may reload their Automated Banking Machines
“Service stations may open on Fridays from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm for government offices as it were. Customs and Immigration will actually want to satisfy their obligations on a case-by-case basis. Safety officer administrations will be allowed. Lodging laborers conveying distinguishing proof will be allowed to navigate to and from their work environmentS,” he said.
Additionally, the AUTEC’s Navy Base will be permitted to work and Emile Knowles Construction Company will likewise be permitted to chip away at the public authority’s scaffold project in Stainard Creek during a 12 hour time span.
“Out of an abundance of caution, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, has already dispatched officers to Cat Island, and North and Central Andros, to ensure that residents are not leaving these areas, and risking the greater spread of the COVID-19 virus, to other communities and islands,” Prime Minister Minnis said.