(CMR) All parks and beaches in New Providence and Abaco are to reopen, said the Prime Minister of the Bahamas on Wednesday (October 28) as he announced a relaxation of some COVID-19 restrictions.
Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis made the announcement while speaking at a press conference, just days ahead of the expected reopening of the tourism sector.
Minnis said that all beaches and parks in New Providence and Abaco were to re-open starting Monday, but declined to say when the country’s state of emergency, in effect until November 30, would come to an end.
The PM said that while parks and beaches would be open the pandemic was not over.
He also shared that the islands health officials are to provide more information about the protocols for the reopening of the tourism sector, though notably mentioning that incoming visitors would not be asked to quarantine.
“Sadly, the northern hemisphere is likely heading into the worst period of the pandemic. With Fall already here and winter coming, colder countries face a very challenging winter. More individuals will be indoors in these places. The virus spreads easier indoors where there is poor ventilation,” he said.
“Until there is an effective vaccine and the overwhelming majority of Bahamians are vaccinated, we will have cycles where cases go up and cases go down. This will occur because the virus spreads easily, especially when we do not wear masks, or go to social events, including family gatherings, where the virus may quickly and easily spread,” he added.