(CMR) Amid a surge of coronavirus cases and with a low vaccination rate, the Bahamas government imposed additional restrictions on New Providence, Grand Bahama, and Eleuthera as of Monday at 5 am.
During a Ministry of Health press conference last week, Minister of Health Renward Wells announced that the curfew on the three islands would be adjusted to 10 pm through 5 am nightly.
He also announced that private gatherings would be restricted to five people throughout the entire Bahamas, provided all individuals gathering have been vaccinated.
The minister also announced that religious worship in New Providence and Grand Bahama would be limited to one hour and a maximum of 33 percent occupant capacity at the religious facility. Meanwhile, funeral and cremation services will be prohibited indoors. Services should be held at gravesides only.
A maximum of 30 people, excluding the officiant and workers, will be permitted to attend funerals and weddings. However, weddings are still permitted indoors.
Persons traveling from New Providence, Grand Bahama, and North and South Eleuthera, including Harbour Island, will require a negative PCR test if they have not been fully vaccinated.
Exercise groups are limited to 10 people, while recreational sports will not be permitted. However, professional athletes will be permitted to continue to train.
Restaurants are only allowed outdoor dining and takeaway services.
Just over 11 percent of the Bahamas population, or 43,943 people, have been fully vaccinated. Total deaths from the virus stood at 280, with 23 deaths still under investigation. Hospitalizations increased to 92, a more than 100 percent increased since the end of June, pushing the healthcare sector to capacity.