Saturday, August 1, 2020

Government discouraging domestic travel, notes D’Aguilar

By Paige McCartney

In an about-face from its initial stance of promoting domestic tourism, the government is now discouraging Bahamians from traveling, Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar said.

When it became apparent that visitor arrivals would be slow, tourism officials touted plans in May to encourage Bahamians to visit the Family Islands.

That was before the second surge of COVID-19 which led to the government restricting inter-island travel and implementing a mandatory 14-day quarantine for residents or visitors traveling to any part of the country.

“If you want to go to a Family Island, you’re going to have to quarantine for 14 days. You’re going to have to take a test, domestically if you can, if you want to move from a COVID-19 center. So let’s assume, if you want to move from New Providence you’re going to have to take a test if you go down there,” D’Aguilar said earlier this week.

“We want to discourage travel right now, we want to flatten the number of cases and bring it down. So yes, these will be difficult rules to adhere to but the attempt is to – and coming from the minister of tourism this is difficult to say – discourage travel until we bring the cases under control and then we’ll review it again.”  Read more >>