Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Southern Islands Reopen for Business

PM says family islands will reopen by zones with strict social distancing measures

Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said some Family Islands are set reopen for business on Monday.

Initially, the reopening of various Family Islands was set to begin in Phase 2, but he said his government has decided to gradually reopen the Family Islands by zone, starting on Monday in the Southern Bahamas.

These southern islands will be able to resume normal commercial activity: Ragged Island, Rum Cay, Mayaguana, Inagua, Crooked Island, Acklins and Long Cay.

He admonished people on these islands to maintain physical distancing and other safety protocols.

Dr. Minnis maintained that border restrictions as it relates to the travel of passengers in the Family Islands remain, except for emergency and other circumstances which must be approved by the Civil Aviation Authority.

However, he said residents of New Providence who are currently in the islands aforementioned, will be allowed to return to New Providence.

Curfew and lockdown measures will remain in effect for all Family Islands, including the zones that have returned to normal commercial activity.

He said other islands will be allowed to resume commercial activity at the appropriate time, using guidelines provided by health officials.

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