Eleuthera and a number of Family Islands will be allowed to resume normal commercial and additional social activities, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis announced on September 23, 2020 in the House of Assembly.
Andros, Acklins, Berry Islands, Bimini, Cat Island, Crooked Island, Eleuthera, Exuma, Grand Bahama, Inagua and Mayaguana will now join the First Schedule of islands where curfew has been discontinued and commercial and most social activities are permitted, with physical distancing and mask wearing protocols.
“While a curfew will no longer be in effect for these islands, health officials recommend that a 10pm to 5am curfew remain in effect for Grand Bahama,” said Prime Minister Minnis during his contribution to the debate to extend the Emergency Proclamation to 31 October 2020.
The Prime Minister also said that the Government remains committed to the reopening of the economy in the area of tourism by mid-October, with the necessary protocols that must be put in place.
Tourism officials in the public and private sectors have been working very hard over many months to devise plans for the phased reopening, and will provide an update soon, he said.
“No one should be under any illusion as to how long and how difficult it will be to restore our economy generally and tourism, specifically,” said Prime Minister Minnis. “Recovering stronger, together, is going to take a long time. But I assure the Bahamian people that we are preparing the groundwork for recovery.”