Bahamas government announces new curfew hours amid COVID

The Prime Minister of the Bahamas, while addressing the nation on 9 August 2021, announced a 9 pm to 5 am curfew for the New Providence and Paradise Island, and Grand Bahama and 10 pm to 5 am curfew for mainland Exuma and mainland Abaco amid the COVID-19 situation in the island country.

Bahamas: The Prime Minister of the Bahamas, while addressing the nation on 9 August 2021, announced a 9 pm to 5 am curfew for the New Providence and Paradise Island, and Grand Bahama and 10 pm to 5 am curfew for mainland Exuma and mainland Abaco amid the COVID-19 situation in the island country.

He informed that in the upcoming few months, the island would have the capacity to vaccinate all the Bahamians and residents who are willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Prime Minister Hubert Minnis noted that the Government would not make vaccinations mandatory and added, “Government would seek the approval of Parliament for one final extension of the Emergency Orders. After approval, Emergency Orders will be extended to 13 November 2021.”

“Curfews would be strictly enforced. Enforcement is being increased,” PM Minnis added.

On 9 August 2021, 1,110 doses were administered on New Providence and Grand Bahama, out of which 75% were the first doses.

Following the statement, PM Minnis informed that the COVID-19 vaccination program is being ramped up, and a total of four centres would be open in New Providence by Wednesday.

These centres hold the capacity to administer 2,050 doses per day, total, at New Providence and Grand Bahama centres.

“As of 9 August, 109,616 doses of the vaccine were administered since the vaccination program began in mid-March 2021,” PM Minnis added.

He further informed that the renovation at two patient care wards is near to completion at PMH, which would add 33 hospital beds when both wards come back on stream.

“The Government would continue to work day in and day out to make vaccines available to everyone who wants to be vaccinated. Our Government would continue to provide medical and scientific information to help the public make a decision,” the Prime Minister noted.

The Prime Minister of the Bahamas has urged the citizens to take their doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible so as to defeat the deadly mutant and get back to normalcy.