Bahamas: Office of the Prime Minister of Bahamas released Statement on changes to funeral and wedding services, in accordance with the Emergency Powers (COVID 19 Pandemic) (Risk Management) (No.4) (Amendment) (No. 9) Order, 2021, the following changes to funerals and weddings take effect Thursday 18 March 2021.
“A graveside service or internment may now be held with a maximum of 40 persons, not including the officiant and mortuary workers, on all islands of The Bahamas.” the statement said.
On the islands of New Providence, Abaco (mainland), Exuma (mainland) and Eleuthera (mainland):
A wedding may now be held in a religious facility, provided that the number of attendees is limited to one-third of the capacity of the facility and that physical distancing, mask-wearing and sanitization protocols, and protocols issued by the Bahamas Christian Council and approved by the Ministry of Health are followed.
The office of the Prime Minister appeal to people to maintain Physical distancing, mask-wearing and sanitization protocol requirements remain in place for all islands of Bahamas.
Notably, the Bahamas had already started its vaccination throughout the country, as health authorities continuously appealing people to get vaccinated against this deadly virus.
Vaccines save millions of lives each year. Vaccines work by training and preparing the body’s natural defenses – the immune system – to recognize and fight off the viruses and bacteria they target. If the body is exposed to those disease-causing germs later, the body is immediately ready to destroy them, preventing illness.
The Bahamas received 20,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from the Government and the people of India as a gift.
Prime Minister Dr. Hubert A. Minnis closely observing the current situation of the coronavirus in the country.
A resident of Bahamas, Jenny, while talking to Associates Times, said, “I think something needs to change with the curfew seeing that the vaccine is here. This is not going away, but we have to learn to live with it. Midnight for curfew so restaurants and bars can make some money. Life has to go back to some type of normalcy soon.”
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