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AG Warns of Possible Curfew Extension

Laurencia I.A. Smith, Journal Staff Writer The curfew may be extended for an additional 30 days, according to Attorney General Carl Bethel. Bethel told reporters of the possible curfew extension yesterday before entering the weekly Cabinet meeting. Currently, the country is on a 24-hour lockdown to help combat the spread of COVID-19. “The strong advice […]

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‘Social Distancing is No Joke’

Tyler Symonette, Journal Staff Writer Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Fred Mitchell condemned beach-goers and urged Bahamians to not take social distancing “as a joke.” Recently, videos and pictures circulated social media of large groups of Bahamians gathering on a beach, the direct opposite of the social distancing protocol the government has implemented to curb […]

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DEHS Disinfects Streets to Fight COVID-19

Tyler Symonette, Journal Staff Writer A disinfecting exercise has been implemented by the Department of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Melony Mckenzie, director of DEHS, said the cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces such as roads and sidewalks, followed by the use of a disinfectant is one of the best practices […]

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Prime Minister Minnis - National Address-Emergency Orders 2 - March 23, 2020

Curfew Intensifies to 24-Hours

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis announced additional and extraordinary emergency measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 which include a 24-hour curfew. The new measures are outlined in the new Emergency Powers COVID-19 (No.2) Order which was announced by Dr. Minnis yesterday during his televised national address. “A curfew is imposed every day for 24 […]

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‘COVID-19 Could Lead to Recession’

Fidelity Bank and Trust Chief Financial Officer Gowon Bowe said if the covid-19 situation continues for six months, The Bahamas can expect an economic recession. Last week, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Peter Turnquest said the country is already starting to feel the impact of covid-19 as cruise ship arrivals are on a 30-day […]

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Body Found Buried in Shallow Grave

The lifeless body of a man was found buried in a shallow grave behind a home, according to Chief Superintendent of Police Solomon Cash. The country recorded another homicide for 2020 as police were called to the Garden Hills area around midday yesterday. “Officers came on the scene and they confirmed that there was a lifeless body […]

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Bahamian Tourists Advised to Leave Cuba

Cuba has closed its borders to all tourists and Bahamian tourists on the island are encouraged to leave, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement yesterday explaining that on March 20, Cuba President Miguel Diaz-Canel announced the country’s counter measures against the spread of the coronavirus, which […]

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Ardastra Gardens Closes Temporarily

Ardastra Gardens is closing its doors and it is unsure when it will reopen. In a press release, the conservation center said it has experienced “catastrophic revenue loss” due to the emergency order affecting its operation. Ardastra Gardens Director Katherine Solomon said in “these financially and emotionally trying times, Ardastra is doing everything within its […]

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Police Implement COVID-19 Hotline

Following the issuance of the emergency order by Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis on Thursday, which imposes an 11 day curfew, the Royal Bahamas Police Force has implemented an information hotline for official correspondence purposes. Police officials advised that all businesses, corporations and companies requiring permission to commute the streets of The Bahamas must contact […]

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CIBC Helps Clients Affected by COVID-19

Like other banks, CIBC First Caribbean Bank is offering financial assistance to its clients affected by COVID-19. In a press statement released by the commercial bank, the special assistance includes deferred payments, special loan financing and other concessions aimed at assisting clients on households and businesses. Chief Executive Officer Colette Delaney urged clients who may […]

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