Cautious Reopening of Businesses
Dr. Minnis says reopening of businesses during the coronavirus pandemic will help the Bahamian economy
Prime Minister Hubert Minnis implemented a number of new measures, that he said, will gradually restart the economy of the Bahamas.
At a COVID19 press conference, Dr. Minnis said as a part of the gradual and safe reopening of the economy, and based on the advice of health experts, construction on the Family Islands, will be allowed to resume, but reminded construction workers to wear face masks.
He added that on the Family Islands, hardware, lumber, plumbing and electrical stores that cater to construction will be allowed to open Monday to Friday from 7:00 am. to 5:00 pm.
But he reiterated that Family Island borders will remain closed to international and domestic air and marine transport from other islands.
Dr. Minnis also lifted the order for some businesses in New Providence, allowing them to operate on specific dates.
Effective tomorrow, Monday 2Oth
· Auto parts stores will be allowed to operate on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
· Hardware and home stores will be allowed to operate on Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
· Plant nurseries will be allowed to operate on Mondays and Thursdays 6am to 12 Noon.
· Landscaping and property maintenance will now fall under essential businesses and will be allowed to operate during the 24-hour curfew, Monday to Friday from 9am – 5pm.