Symonette: Beach Closure Does Not Add Up

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The member of parliament says the majority of the population should not suffer because of lawbreakers

St. Anne’s MP Brent Symonette asked government to give a clearer explanation for the closure of beaches for the Independence holiday weekend.

“We need a better explanation of why these beaches on these particular islands are closed.”

“I’m not comfortable that we have a full enough explanation as to why the beaches on those islands are closed for that weekend,” he said in the House of Assembly on Wednesday.

Dr. Hubert Minnis announced on Monday that beaches and parks in New Providence, Paradise Island and Grand Bahama will be closed over the Independence Day holiday weekend, beginning 10pm on Thursday and ending 5am on Monday.

“Covid, if it is such a disease that will affect your heart, your liver, your eyes…it doesn’t stop working at 10 o’clock. It doesn’t go to sleep at 5 o’clock in the morning. No, it doesn’t necessarily, not work on a beach in Eleuthera and works on a beach in Nassau.

“It doesn’t in my humble opinion, add up, unless there are some underlying reason, that we haven’t heard,” Symonette said.

He said if a few individuals are breaking the law, then they should be punished so that the majority of the population does not suffer.

“We cannot allow a few bad apples to continue to cause damage in our community…Bring those people before the court martial. Deal with them because they are what’s ruining it for the majority of us that are law abiding citizens,” Symonette said.

The government has received criticisms for the re-closure of beaches since reopening it on June 29th.

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