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FMN: Dr. Minnis enacts new measures to protect public health
Mar 25, 2020 - 10:15:40 PM

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The Free National Movement issued the following statement regarding the Prime Minister’s preventative measures in order to contain the spread of COVID-19:

“As countries around the world continue to adapt to the dangerous realities of the coronavirus pandemic, our Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis, is making the tough but necessary decisions to protect lives and mitigate the associated long-term economic impact. The Minnis Administration is acting swiftly and decisively as they thoughtfully approach the negative impacts of this global pandemic as it reverberates throughout our country. We are seeing in other parts of the world that failure to act aggressively to prevent the transmission of the virus only allows the threat to grow unencumbered. 

“On Monday, Prime Minister Minnis announced a 24-hour curfew, except for essential trips such as grocery shopping or doctor visits, and the new order excludes essential workers. Although not an easy decision, our options are limited as we seek ways to stop the spread of the contagious virus.

“Dr. Minnis, our Prime Minister, also made clear recommendations to supermarkets and other essential businesses and organizations that must continue to operate during this health crisis. Safe distancing, frequently washing hands and minimizing the number of staff in one area, are several necessary steps essential workers should take to minimize the danger of community spread. But like the Prime Minister, we are grateful for our healthcare workers and all other essential workers who help provide access to daily necessities we all need.

“Until this pandemic is slowed, we must all do our part to help our fellow Bahamians and take every precaution to mitigate the risk to our friends, family and neighbors. The FNM applauds the Prime Minister for the difficult but necessary decisions he’s making to see The Bahamas through this troubling time. Our Government will continue working together with the community to save lives as Bahamians deserve nothing less from their elected leaders.”

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