New Emergency Order Rewards Fully Vaccinated People with Eating Indoors
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The fully vaccinated can now dine indoors.
In a new emergency order issued on Sunday, the competent authority says restaurants in the country including those on New Providence and Abaco can now offer indoor dining to patrons who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
Why it matters
The announcement is significant as the country seeks to return to some sense normalcy. Indoor dining was banned at the height of the pandemic as government sought to control rise in COVID-19 cases.
This prompted the introduction of curbside services at restaurants.
The vaccinated person must present a documentary proof of vaccination, but must continue to adhere to the COVID-19 protocols.
Also, in accordance with the Order, fully vaccinated individuals will not be required to take a RT PCR test for COVID-19 to travel from New Providence and Grand Bahama, and will not be required to take secondary testing on day five of inter-island travel when traveling from New Providence or Grand Bahama.
A fully vaccinated traveler, including citizens and residents, is not required to take a RT PCR test for COVID-19 to enter The Bahamas. In the case of international travel, a fully vaccinated traveler is defined as a person who has received the required number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and two weeks have elapsed since the person has completed the vaccine.
Fully vaccinated travelers are still required to obtain a Travel Health Visa; however, visa fees for fully vaccinated persons have been reduced for citizens and residents.
International travel health visas for fully vaccinated citizens and residents are $10. Domestic travel visas for fully vaccinated travelers are free of charge.
The fine for submitting falsified vaccination records is $10,000 or two years imprisonment, or both.