As the countries sees a spike in COVID-19 cases, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis announced a number of restrictive measures aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.
-As of Monday, public and private beaches and parks on Paradise Island, Rose Island, New Providence, Grand Bahama and surrounding cays will be closed until further notice. -International and domestic borders will be closed to all flights and vessels to and from Grand Bahama. -A new curfew for Grand Bahama will be implemented from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting tomorrow. - Airlines that allow passengers on board without travel visa will face fine of $500 per passenger. -All returning residents, Bahamians and visitors from overseas will require a negative RT PCR COVID-19 test result. -International commercial flights and vessels will not be permitted to enter our borders except for commercial flights from Canada, UK, and EU. -Bahamasair to cease flights to US effective immediately. -Outgoing commercial flights will be permitted. -Outgoing private flights and charters will be permitted. -Outgoing sea vessels permitted. -Weddings, funerals, sporting activities will not be allowed as of tomorrow. -A lockdown of Grand Bahama will begin on Friday, July 24 if efforts to decrease the number of cases are unsuccessful. The PM also announced: -It will be an offense to submit a false COVID-19 test or to take a test before travel and present it upon return to The Bahamas. -Any person who knowingly exposes someone to COVID-19 has committed an offense