The Bahamas is shutting its borders to tourists from the United States, weeks after reopening to international visitors.
“Regrettably, the situation here at home has already deteriorated since we began the reopening of our domestic economy,” Prime Minister Hubert Minnis told the nation on Sunday.
He asserted that the situation has deteriorated ‘at an exponential rate’.
According to the Bahamas PM, as of July 19th, 2020 the the Ministry of Health had confirmed 15 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases to 153.
He disclosed that according to the Surveillance Unit, there have been 49 new cases since the borders fully opened on July 1st, 31 of the cases being recorded on the Island of Grand Bahama.
Minnis announced that international commercial flights and commercial vessels carrying passengers will not be permitted to enter the Bahamas, except for commercial flights from Canada, the United Kingdom, and the European Union.
“This will come into effect as of Wednesday the 22nd of July,2020 at midnight,” the PM stated.
Visitors from Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union by air or by sea from overseas will require a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test from an accredited laboratory taken within 10 days of their arrival, the prime minister stated.
He announced the closure of public and private beaches and parks, as well as a Grand Bahama curfew from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning on Monday.
The Prime Minister warned that if cases continue to increase, his administration is prepared to implement more restrictive measures.