Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Social Media Shoot Down D’Aguilar’s Apology

After heavy criticism was levied at the government over a destination wedding in Harbour Island, Eleuthera during the weekend lock down, Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar expressed regret, as the decision to host the wedding went through him.

D’Aguilar apologized outside of Cabinet on Tuesday, as some Bahamians were forced to postpone their wedding ceremonies because of the immediate weekend lock down.

He said although he confirmed the request for the destination wedding to be held, the ultimate decision was made by Prime Minister Hubert Minnis.

D’Aguilar said the government should have clarified that the public can seek permission from the competent authority to continue their event.

He summed it up as a lesson learnt for the government, but some social media users have called for his resignation.

Other users questioned whether Bahamians requested permission of the competent authority, before postponing their special event.

Dr. Minnis said on Sunday that he gave permission for two weddings of more than 5 in attendance, providing that attendees adhere to the COVID-19 protocols.
Dr. Minnis announced a lock down on Friday evening, giving permission for weddings and funerals, but stipulating that not more than five people were allowed, including the officiant.
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