Saturday 5 December, 2020

Minnis begs citizens not to travel to ‘northern neighbours’

Prime minister Dr Hubert Minnis. Photo: Office of the Prime Minister.

Prime minister Dr Hubert Minnis. Photo: Office of the Prime Minister.

As coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in North America and Europe continues to climb daily, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis told Bahamians that it is “too risky” to take any chance to visit their “northern neighbours.”

In an address to the House Assembly yesterday, Minnis said: “It is exceptionally risky to leave The Bahamas at this time. I beg and I plead for all Bahamians to stay home unless it’s absolutely necessary to travel overseas.”

“Walmart can wait.”

Minnis linked the country’s second COVID-19 wave to travel to North America

The prime minister said he understands the fatigue cause by COVID-19 and people want to take a break from it all. But he encouraged Bahamians to support the local economy and travel within the country since there is a risk that borders can be closed without notice.

“We should be careful and sensible when it comes to where we travel. We could have a very difficult third wave if we are lax in our behaviour and in our travels,” Minnis stated.

“If you have to go overseas because of an emergency, please wear a mask, maintain physical distancing, avoid large gatherings, and wash your hands thoroughly and often.”

He disclosed the domestic travel health visa will replace the 14-day quarantine requirement for those travelling from New Providence.

Locals will have to take a daily health screening survey and rapid antigen testing on the fifth day of their travel.

The visa must be presented before a traveller is allowed to board an aircraft or marine vessel.

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