Thursday, March 19, 2020

LOCKDOWN: PM activates partial nationwide shutdown and nightly curfew

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis

By Ava Turnquest

COVID-19 order takes effect 9am Friday

➧Airports will remain open, non-essential intl. and domestic travel discouraged

➧Weddings and funerals must be kept under 10 people

➧Drive-thrus will remain open during day, construction work will cont.

➧All officers on vacation, retirement asked to report to work

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has announced a nation-wide partial shutdown for the next 11 days as officials ramp up measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Emergency Powers (COVID-19) Order, 2020, include a nightly curfew and shutdown of all non-essential businesses and organizations, public transportation and commercial sailing; and all events, parties or gatherings.

At a press conference, Minnis stressed these were temporary measures as all residents must play a role in protecting the health of families and loved ones from the highly contagious virus.

The curfew will be in effect each night from 9pm to 5am, with exceptions to be approved by the commissioner of police.

The order takes effect at 9am tomorrow, and will remain in effect until 9am on March 31.

The prime minister said the order will be lifted upon consultation with health officials.  Read more >>