One more confirmed case of COVID-19 - Update #20
- Mar 31, 2020 - 8:08:25 PM
The Ministry of Health confirms today that there is one additional
confirmed case of COVID-19 in Grand Bahama. This brings the total
number of confirmed cases to fifteen (15). Currently, there are three
(3) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Grand Bahama and twelve (12)
confirmed cases in New Providence.
latest confirmed case is a fifty-seven (57) year old female with no
history of travel and no known direct link to previous cases. The
person is hospitalized and remains in stable condition...
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation on Covid-19 - Mar. 31
- Mar 31, 2020 - 6:28:19 PM
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation is following guidance
from the Bahamas Ministry of Health and other government agencies
pertaining to the country’s Preparedness and Response Plan for COVID-19.
Please visit the Bahamas Ministry of Health’s website for the latest
information on COVID-19 cases in The Bahamas. Current and future
patients are to be isolated in quarantine following the guidelines
outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO)...
Postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Game
- Mar 31, 2020 - 1:30:18 PM
On the 24th March, 2020, the International Olympic Committee (IOC)
announced its decision to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as a result
of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
to this announcement The Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) advised the
Ministry of its support for and compliance with this decision...
Emergency Powers; Exempted Business Undertakings (COVID-19)
- Mar 31, 2020 - 12:20:56 PM
Pursuant to Order 5 (1) (m) of the Emergency Powers (Covid 19)(No. 2)
Order, 2020 I HEREBY exempt the following businesses from the provisions
of Order 5-
laundromats and wash houses from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m...
Pursuant to Order 5 (1) (m) of the Emergency Powers (Covid l 9)(No. 2)
Order, 2020 I HEREBY exempt the following businesses from the provisions
of Order 5 -
The Department of Road Traffic from 9 a.m. to 4
p.m. for the purpose of facilitating the registration and licensing of
Special provisions being made to assist Family Island Administrators as they implement COVID-19 Emergency Orders
- Mar 30, 2020 - 10:15:27 PM
The Government has had to make special provisions to assist the Offices
of Family Island Administrators, as they work to support tirelessly to
support local communities with implementing the COVID-19 Emergency
“With airports closed, movement restricted, and income
streams being disrupted, many Family Island communities are feeling
isolated and afraid. I want them to know that the Government is making
the necessary resources available to assist in the execution of the
COVID-19 Emergency Orders,” Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of
Finance, the Hon. Peter Turnquest announced while presenting an update
on the Government’s stimulus measures in response to COVID-19...
Remarks in the House of Assembly by Minister Jeffrey Lloyd on the Ministry of Education's response to COVID-19
- Mar 30, 2020 - 9:35:55 PM
Based on the advice given by Public Health officials, the Ministry of
Education made the difficult decision to suspend the physical face to
face instruction that takes place on our school campuses. While this
action was necessary to make every effort to reduce the spread of
COVID-19, the Ministry was and is still committed to executing its
mission of providing quality education to the students of The
Commonwealth of The Bahamas...
Royal Bahamas Police Force Handing Over Ceremony of the Office of Commissioner of Police
- Mar 30, 2020 - 7:13:40 PM
Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis gave keynote remarks at
the Royal Bahamas Police Force Handing Over Ceremony of the Office of
Commissioner of Police, March 30, 2020 at Police Headquarters. He
commended Commissioner Anthony Ferguson on his "extraordinary service to
our country and to the Bahamian people." The Prime Minister then
introduced incoming Commissioner-Designate Paul Rolle, who established
the Force's first Cyber Crime Unit, and assured him of full support...
SBDC Rolls out the Government’s $20 Million COVID-19 response
- Mar 30, 2020 - 5:30:32 PM
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance stated that last week the
Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) rolled out the Government’s $20
million COVID-19 response, targeted to provide loans to small
businesses, ranging from $5,000 to $300,000. Approved loans will have a
payment grace period of four months.
institutions will facilitate the actual loan processing-- to include the
vetting of the required information, the approvals, the issuing of
funds, and the collection of payments after the four-month moratorium,
DPM Turnquest explained as he announced an update on the Government’s
The Government and NIB Design Temporary Programme for Self-Employed who rely on the tourism industry
- Mar 30, 2020 - 3:04:27 PM
Due to forces entirely beyond their control, thousands of self-employed
people who rely on the flow of cruise ship and stopover visitors, are
now unable to make a living over the next few weeks Deputy Prime
Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest said.
such, the Government has partnered with NIB to design a temporary
programme that will provide weekly payments of $200 to persons who meet
the eligibility criteria, for a period of up to eight weeks. That is, an
eligible person can receive up to $1,600 over the eight-week period,”
DPM Turnquest stated as he announced an update on the government’s
stimulus measures in response to COVID-19...
NIB, SBDC and the Department of Social Services have rolled out social and economic support programmes
- Mar 30, 2020 - 1:55:16 PM
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance announced that last week,
the Department of Social Services, the National Insurance Board (NIB)
and the Small Business Development Centre (SBDC), using the additional
resources allocated by this government administration, rolled out social
and economic support programmes.
“This means, Bahamians are
gaining access to much-needed food assistance and financial support to
lessen the economic burden on their households,” DPM Turnquest said as
he announced an update on the government’s stimulus measures in response
to COVID-19 in the House of Assembly, Monday, March 30, 2020...
DPM Turnquest: Udpate on the fiscal and economic impact of COVID-19
- Mar 30, 2020 - 12:05:12 PM
I rise to provide an update on the Government’s
stimulus measures to support our citizens during this challenging time.
The adverse impact of COVID - 19 has touched every single person in the
country, and most significantly, the poor and vulnerable amongst us need
the support of the Government to cope with the impact .
Bahamians I am reminded of the teachings of Isaiah 41 , where we learn
to f ear not, for God is with us. The Good Book states: Be not dismayed
for I am your God, I will strengthen you..
Public service announcement for the closure of the South Beach Health Centre
- Mar 29, 2020 - 10:36:33 PM
The Ministry of Health wishes to advise the public that effectively immediately the South Beach Health Centre will be
closed to the general public to complete urgent infrastructural
Persons requiring health care
services are requested to utilize the Elizabeth Estates Clinic, the
Fleming Street Clinic or the Flamingo Gardens Clinic until further notice...
Remarks by Prime Minister Minnis - Press Conference - Update on COVID-19
- Mar 29, 2020 - 9:05:17 PM
I want to provide the country and the media with an update on our
continuing efforts to respond to the health and economic challenges
posed by the COVID-19 virus.
Health officials have confirmed three more cases on the island of New Providence.
There is a total of 14 confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date.
Two in Grand Bahama, and the remaining on New Providence...
Three more confirmed cases of COVD-19 update #19
- Mar 29, 2020 - 7:50:23 PM
The Ministry of Health confirms that there are three (3) new confirmed
cases of COVID-19 in New Providence. This brings the total number of
confirmed cases to fourteen (14).
The latest confirmed case is a
forty-one (41) year old female with no history of travel, and
unconfirmed links to previous cases. This person remains stable and is
in isolation at home...
Prime Minister on false voice note circulating on social media
- Mar 28, 2020 - 5:38:24 PM
The Office of the Prime Minister is aware of a voice note
circulating on social media that contains false claims that the Prime
Minister intends to announce a country-wide 30-day shutdown on Monday.
These claims are completely false and should be ignored.
This voice note could lead to panic and a run on stores that can harm efforts to contain the COVID-19 virus...
Distribution of lunch vouchers for students enrolled in the national school feeding programme
- Mar 28, 2020 - 4:45:23 PM
The Ministry of Education advises all parents and guardians who did not
collect lunch vouchers from the schools on Wednesday 25 March, that they
should now collect them on either Monday 30 or Tuesday 31 March from
9:00 am to 3:00 pm in the parking lot at the rear of the Ministry of
Education building on University Drive.
In Grand Bahama, parents
and guardians are advised that distribution of vouchers will continue
at the respective schools by security officers on Monday 30 and Tuesday
31 March from 9am to 3:00pm...
COVID-19 Bahamas border closure: Nationals of The Bahamas seeking to return to their countries
- Mar 27, 2020 - 9:30:04 PM
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs refers to the press release of the
Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD), regarding the Government’s
decision to close the borders of The Bahamas, to all incoming
passengers, effective 27 March. Planes can come empty to pick up
passengers and leave.
It is realized that this is likely to
result in the dislocation of Bahamian nationals and residents who are
abroad and seeking to return home...