Bahamas: The government of Bahamas has announced that Bullocks Harbour and Great Harbour Cay in the Berry islands would be placed under two-week lockdown to slow down the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
This lockdown would be in effect from 22 May 2021 at 8 pm.
The residents should pay particular attention to the following COVID-19 provisions –
- Travel to and from Bullocks Harbour and Great Harbour Cay is prohibited during the lockdown, except for the essential workers that are – Royal Bahamas Police Force, Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Healthcare professionals, mailboat operators, or as approved by the competent authority.
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- In-person activities would not be permitted.
- Every business, agency or establishment should be remained closed except Royal Bahamas Police Force, Royal Bahamas Defence Force, the government community clinic and vaccination sites for COVID-19.
- No person, other than any essential worker would leave his or her place of residence for any reason. People can only leave their houses for seeking urgent medical attention or on the defined days to purchase food, water and other essential items.
- The administrator or designee is allowed to distribute food and water on behalf of the government or the National Distribution Task Force only.
The Bahamas government in a press release, further stated, “The National Distribution Task Force has organized a vessel to deliver adequate food and water supplies to Bullocks Harbour and Great Harbour Cay. The vessel is expected to arrive on 23 May 2021.”
“The mailboat would be allowed to deliver food and the other essential items to Berry islands. The food stores would be allowed to offload supplies, restock and provide services to the people during the two days immediately following the arrival of the M/V Gurth Dean Mailboat.”
According to the press release, the health teams are currently in the Berry Islands in order to carry out contact tracing and for the administration of the COVID-19 vaccines among the residents who decided to take a dose of the vaccine.
The health officials are monitoring the progress of the COVID-19 mutant on Cat island and Andros island. The vaccination and surveillance teams have also been deployed at Cat island and Andros island.
The press release further states that people travelling to and from Cat island and Andros island would be required to show their negative RT-PCR test which should be not old than five days prior to travel, or people have to provide the documentation to prove that they are fully vaccinated.
The harvesting of crabs on Andros island would be allowed during the curfew hours only that is – 8 pm to 5 am. Despite this, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force has been mobilized to monitor water surrounding Berry island.