Filter for Bahamas Government Actions to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus

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2020-06-30 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
UPDATED Public Hospitals Authority Phased Service Reactivation & Visitation Schedule
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2020-06-29 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Proclamation of Emergency & Emergency Powers (COVID-19 Pandemic) Regulations, 2020
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2020-06-24 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
expand the ProMIS Web Application to issue digital wallets. The implementation of ProMIS incorporates a MIS System and online social assistance application process and online management.
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2020-06-23 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The Government has injected $1.4 million into the National Food Distribution Task Force since the public/private group was established to provide emergency food assistance for vulnerable Bahamians and residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic
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2020-06-22 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Public Hospitals Authority Phased Service Reactivation & Visitation Schedule
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2020-06-21 Out Movement restrictions: Additional health/documents requirements upon arrival
All Islands Of The Bahamas Will Reopen to International Travel; Visitors Must Complete an Electronic Health Visa to be Granted Entry
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2020-06-21 Out Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
All Islands Of The Bahamas Will Reopen to International Travel
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2020-06-21 Out Public health measures: Health screenings in airports and border crossings
All Islands Of The Bahamas Will Reopen to International Travel; Visitors Must Present Negative COVID-19 Test to be Granted Entry
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2020-06-14 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Minister Campbell announced that the Department of Social Services has been identified to receive $60,362,205.00 (sixty million, three hundred and sixty two thousand, two hundred and five dollars) for the 2020/2021 Budget, an increase of approximately 65 per cent over the allocation for 2019/2020. The proposed allocation is expected to continue to assist persons affected by Hurricane Dorian, COVID-19 and the regular clients of the Department throughout the country.
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2020-05-26 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
World No Tobacco Day with focus on COVID-19 and its likely impacts on smokers
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2020-05-25 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
New budget. "Given the ongoing COVID-19 emergency and the state of the global economy, this is going to be an understandably unprecedented budget"
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2020-05-24 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Government applies for low-cost loan facility to support ongoing emergency response
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2020-05-18 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
delivery of 600 food vouchers to residents of Bimini ahead of the "complete lockdown" that took effect on that island beginning Monday, May 18.
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2020-05-15 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
, "Professional Athletes" have been granted permission to resume their training with immediate effect.
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2020-05-14 In Lockdown: Full lockdown
island of Bimini(COVID hotspot) will be placed under a two-week lockdown in order to slow and control the community spread of the COVID-19 virus on the island. The lockdown will take effect Monday 18 May at 9pm until Saturday 30 May at midnight. The date will be extended to a total of 14 days when Parliament reconvenes later this month. No person is allowed to leave their residence unless they fall under the categories specifically outlined in the Bimini Lockdown Order, or to seek urgent medical care.Any person who contravenes the Bimini Lockdown Order could face a fine of up to $10,000 or 18 months imprisonment or both.
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2020-05-01 In Lockdown: Full lockdown
effective 21:00 Friday 1 May to 05:00 Monday May 4; nobody except for essentiual worker shall leave their residence for any purpose; fine or imprisonment for non compliance
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2020-04-30 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
penalties put in place for violating quaratine protocols: "Going forward, people violating quarantine protocols could face up a $20,000 fine or up to five years imprisonment, or both."
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2020-04-29 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
blood shortage: Blood Bank at the Princess Margaret will stage a national blood drive at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. the country has reached a critically low level of blood supply.
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2020-04-28 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Emergency Food Production Plan to strengthen food and nutrition security in this time of crisis. It includes the assistance to farmers in the clearing of Agricultural Land of which one million eighteen thousand six hundred dollars ($1,018,600.00) has been allocated to farmers throughout The Bahamas with four hundred seventy-nine thousand six hundred dollars ($479,600.00) out of the said figure being allocated to Grand Bahama and Abaco (those islands devastated by Hurricane Dorian). These funds have already been sent to the affected islands. Ministry is in the process of purchasing and distributing some ten thousand (10,000) backyard gardening kits throughout The Bahamas. The kits will include seeds, seedling, fertilizer, drip line, and pro-mix along with guidelines of how to arrange a proper backyard gardening system. The distribution of these kits should begin in two weeks.
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2020-04-27 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
The Government is finalizing plans to secure a mandatory quarantine facility to accommodate the return of a number of Bahamians in the United States to New Providence, said Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis.
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2020-04-26 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Economic Recovery Committee appointed: public-private Committee will make recommendations to the Cabinet on the long-term economic recovery of The Bahamas economy, including job-creation and stimulating small business recovery and development in response to COVID-19.
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2020-04-25 In Social distancing: Changes in prison-related policies
All activities with the public were suspended; All officers and staff were screened and are being screened; Hand washing stations were installed in strategic areas in the facility; All inmates coming in for the first time are screened by our medical personnel and placed in quarantine for fourteen (14) days after which they are examined again by the medical personnel before they are placed in general population; Masks, hand sanitizers, face shields and gloves are issued to the staff on every shift; Inmates are issued hand sanitizers and masks; Re-useable masks are being made within the Department. The majority of staff and the inmate population have received a pair of masks; Deep cleaning was carried out in the facility; The number of inmates in our work gangs have been reduced so as to practice social distancing. Officers are also advised to practice social distancing wherever possible, and the washing of their hands.
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2020-04-25 In Public health measures: Testing policy
testing expanded to healthcare workers; caregivers; vulnerable popualtion groups
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2020-04-23 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Visiting hours at all Public and Private Wards at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) have been suspended as part of updated prevention measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
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2020-04-21 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
The Office of the Prime Minister has launched a suggestions platform on its website, opm.gov.bs.The platform will serve as a central point for the collection of non-health related suggestions related to the national response to COVID-19.
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2020-04-20 In Public health measures: Testing policy
expand testing; have physicians, nurses, medical technicians go into community to take samples; Those targeted for testing will include contacts of confirmed cases, especially those with symptoms; healthcare personnel nearing the end of their quarantine period; nursing and homecare personnel; and individuals calling into the hotline reporting concerning symptoms
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2020-04-20 Out Lockdown: Partial lockdown
Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis announced the partial re-opening of home and hardware stores, auto parts establishments and plant nurseries, and the resumption of construction in the Family Islands; Landscaping and property maintenance services will also be allowed to operate during the 24-hour curfew, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Individuals must travel with ID when out in public; police would continue to enforce the curfew and anyone violating the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) Order could face a fine or stricter penalty.
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2020-04-19 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
South Beach Health Centre Converted To The South Beach COVID-19 Urgent Care And Referral Centre
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2020-04-18 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
According to the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) (No. 2) (Amendment), every person who leaves their residence must wear a mask covering the nose and mouth while away from their residence. it is recommended that children under the age of 2 years old NOT wear cloth face masks. This will cause them to suffocate. However, children two (2) years and older can wear cloth face masks if they do not have difficulty breathing.
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2020-04-15 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
pursuant to the Industrial Agreement between the PHA and BNU, exercises its right to rotate and assign nurses as needed to provide all necessary medical care.
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2020-04-10 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
US To Release Shipment Of COVID-19 Medical Supplies
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2020-04-10 In Socio-economic measures: Limit product imports/exports
The importation of non-medical protective face masks will be prohibited, effective 8am Friday 10 April 2020,
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2020-04-08 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Ministry of Education (MOE) in collaboration with its providers, Aliv and BTC, is designing a platform to allow internet-deprived students, or device-challenged students, to access internet capability, get devices, and alternatively view lessons on two dedicated Cable Channels that will be populated with the appropriate content for their use. T
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2020-04-05 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
food shopping schedule; Family Island communities exempted from shopping schedule
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2020-04-04 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
peoples Republic Of China Donates One Thousand Test Kits To The Bahamas Ministry Of Health
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2020-03-31 In Lockdown: Full lockdown
Emergency Order remains in effect until Wednesday, April 8
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2020-03-30 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
$ 1,626,939.70 million dollars for emergenct food production plan; $4 million for disbursement through the Department of Social Services, for food assistance and social support for displaced workers directly impacted by COVID-19.
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2020-03-29 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Individuals aged 75 and older are asked not to leave their homes. Those between the ages of 65 and 74 should work from home. Each household should have one designated shopper, said the Prime Minister. Grocery stores with the capability will be encouraged to activate online shopping platforms to reduce the number of people having to come into their stores for food and supplies and the length of time customers have to spend in the store. The Government will introduce a food shopping schedule. Shopping days and times will be designated based on the first letter of person’s last name.
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2020-03-28 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Distribution Of Lunch Vouchers For Students Enrolled In The National School Feeding Programme
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2020-03-26 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
payments for self employed: 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
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2020-03-25 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The Bahamas Development Bank (BDB) is working with the government and other agencies to deliver immediate relief to businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. three- month deferral against repayment of credit facilities will be offered to existing clients in good standing with The Bank who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic.
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2020-03-24 In Socio-economic measures: Limit product imports/exports
Air and sea restrictions do not apply to: outgoing flights or ships, cargo flights or cargo ships, commercial courier flights, emergency medical flights or emergency flights approved by the Civil Aviation Authority.
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2020-03-24 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
All airports including private airports and fixed-base operations (FBOs) shall be closed to incoming international flights carrying any visitor unless written permission of the Competent Authority has been granted.
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2020-03-24 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
No visitor shall be permitted to enter and disembark for any reason including transiting through The Bahamas. All sea ports shall be closed to regional and international seafaring and private boating.
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2020-03-24 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
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.
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2020-03-24 In Lockdown: Full lockdown
24-hour curfew, with some exceptions for essential workers and movement. March 24-31
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2020-03-24 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Emergency Powers (COVID 19) (NO. 2) Order, 2020." New Emergency Powers and Regulations will be enforced under this order to prevent further spread of COVID-19, effective 9 a.m Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and will expire at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 31, unless otherwise stated
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2020-03-24 In Lockdown: Full lockdown
All residents will be placed on a 24-hour curfew and are to remain at home to avoid contact outside of their family, except for those who have been deemed essential workers, or have special permission from the Commissioner of Police. Residents can leave their homes for essential travel to the doctor, grocery store, bank, pharmacy or to refuel; as well as for outside exercise, not exceeding an hour and a half per day between the hours of 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Proper social distancing guidelines of at least six feet (6ft.) must be followed at all times while outside the home. All public beaches, markets and docks will be closed, and no vehicles are permitted on any public or private roads for any purpose other than stated above.
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2020-03-23 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
disinfecting exercise as a preventive measure to limit the spread of COVID-19. The exercise is being carried out by a team of 12 on rotation, between the hours of 8:30pm to 1am until March 31, 2020; and thereafter if necessary.
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2020-03-23 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
expanded its testing capacity. There are 1,750 test kits on New Providence, and 10,000 rapid test kits have been ordered. Doctors Hospital facility on Blake Road, which will be used to treat ill COVID-19-positive patients, would come on stream Monday (March 23). at least 30 nurses and physicians have been oriented to man a virtual call centre.
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2020-03-22 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
mbulances are to access the hospital via the Maternity Entrance Patients and Visitors are asked to enter the hospital through the new Critical Care Block entrance where they will be directed appropriately. All Maternity patients including maternity day cases are asked to access the hospital via the Maternity Entrance. Only Dialysis patients will be permitted to use the Medical Block entrance. Dialysis patients are asked to present for service at their designated time. All staff are asked to access the hospital via the hospital Legacy entrance. Staff are required to wear their ID badge at all times.
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2020-03-19 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
expanded the list of restricted travel countries to include Europe and the UK as part of the national response to the COVID-19 coronavirus
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2020-03-19 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
Travel restrictions for Europe, the United Kingdom and Ireland take effect on Thursday 19 March. This is in addition to restrictions already in place for China, Iran, Italy and South Korea.
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2020-03-18 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Ministry of Finance undertook to model assumptions on the likely impact of the Coronavirus over the next four-month period to mid-July 2020. Ran three scenarios – low, medium and high impact – based on assumptions of varying degrees of losses for tourist arrivals over a four-month period.Government has adopted a package of policy measures to deal with the tremendous economic impact of COVID-19 that is already starting to be felt as hotel occupancies have fallen, as cruise ship arrivals are on a 30-day hiatus, and as hotel workers are being asked to take unpaid or vacation leave. (Government Package of Policy Measures to Deal with Economic Impact of COVID-19). $5 million government has already earmarked for healthcare response, and allocating up to an additional $11 million to cover detection, isolation, treatment and other COVID-19 mitigation activities. Government is allocating $10 million to provide for a temporary unemployment benefit, administered through the National Insurance Board, for self-employed persons working in the tourism industry. Government is making a special accommodation for those self-employed individuals in the tourism industry, given the unprecedented COVID-19 impact and will offer a sponsored unemployment assistance of $200 per week, for up to eight weeks. Individuals who are temporarily laid off because of the economic impacts of COVID-19 will be eligible for unemployment benefits, up to the regular 13-week period, if necessary
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2020-03-18 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
government is also directing both Water & Sewerage and BPL to defer payment of bills – for an initial period of three months for residential customers who are diagnosed with the virus, who are in quarantine, or have been laid off.
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2020-03-18 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
triggered the operationalization of the Health Disaster Plan, and the full activation of the Health Emergency Operation Centre (EOC).
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2020-03-18 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Government has requested that Water and Sewerage reconnect all recently disconnected services for residential customers to ensure that personal hygiene is not compromised.
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2020-03-18 In Public health measures: General recommendations
banks have reiterated their commitment to helping customers at this time and encoiurage them to contact bank if experiencing harship
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2020-03-18 In Public health measures: Testing policy
aggressive contact tracing and testing of all contacts
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2020-03-18 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
emergency regulations address the dissemination of false news.
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2020-03-17 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
The Emergency Powers (COVID-19) Regulations, 2020 will put in place the legal powers for the Government to respond quickly and decisively to the COVID-19 crisis. Empowers the state in areas of health, social distancing, self-isolation, curfews, requisition of property and essential services, and procurement of goods and services.The emergency regulations also address the dissemination of false news. A provision exists in the regulations by which the Governor General may authorize international or regional military or police forces as may be requested by the Government to serve as peace officers and assist in: the storage, safe keeping or distribution of relief supplies; the provision of any essential services, and;the maintenance of public order.
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2020-03-17 In Public health measures: General recommendations
appeals to public to stop panic-buying food and hoarding supplies
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2020-03-17 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Prime Minister reiterates that price gouging will not be tolerated and any establishment found violating the law will be prosecuted.
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2020-03-16 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
additional medical resources secured
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2020-03-16 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Restricted access to the Princess Margaret Hospital. Public advised that only emergency cases will be handled at this time. Restrictions on hospital visitation. Advise to call hotline not report to hospital emergency room if exhibiting symptoms
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2020-03-16 In Public health measures: Health screenings in airports and border crossings
Traveller health questionnaires and a screening protocol are used at ports, hotels and rental properties to identify guests who may require surveillance or treatment.
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2020-03-16 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
destination-wide education campaign underway to remind the public of the basic hygiene practices that can be used to prevent the spread of the virus including frequent, proper hand washing, use of hand sanitizers, frequent disinfection of surfaces and avoiding close contact with those exhibiting signs of respiratory illness.
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2020-03-16 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
closure of all schools, both public and private, and educational institutions,
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2020-03-16 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
all national sporting events postponed until further notice, permits for use of public open spaces suspended indefinitely
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2020-03-16 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
All Bahamian nationals and residents returning to The Bahamas through any point of entry from any of the restricted countries or an area where community infection and spread is present will be quarantined or be placed under self-isolation upon arrival and expected to follow the protocols of the Ministry of Health.
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2020-03-15 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
establishment of COVID hotline numbers
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2020-03-15 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
majority of ministry of Foreign affairs working remotely. Overseas offices closed in London
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2020-03-13 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Avoid large gatherings and comply with all hygienic protocols; High School Track and Field Championship scheduled to be held over 12th to 14th March, 2020, postponed
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2020-03-12 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Braemar cruise ship carrying five persons who have tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus not permitted to dock in The Bahamas and passengers and crew not allowed to disembark
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2020-03-12 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
No longer hosting OAS General Assembly and National events postponed/cancelled (i.e track and field championships)
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2020-03-11 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Government’s COVID-19 plan will be contingencies to assist the poor and marginalized of the society
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2020-03-07 In Movement restrictions: Visa restrictions
Foreign nationals who have been in Italy, South Korea, China, or Iran over the last 20 days are unable to enter
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2020-03-07 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Residents who have returned from China, South Korea, Italy, Iran will be immediately quarantined for 14 days.
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2020-03-02 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Ministry of Health advised that travel to high risk exposure areas for non-essential travel highly discouraged
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2020-03-01 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
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2020-02-02 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
residents returning to The Bahamas who have a history of travel to China within 20 days of commencing travel, quarantined on arrival in The Bahamas for up to fourteen (14) days.
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2020-01-28 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
MoH engaged in Novel Coronavirus sensitization meetings with public and private stakeholders to discuss the virus and the MoH’s preparedness, and to ensure that all agencies have a coordinated and effective response plan
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2020-01-22 In Public health measures: General recommendations
MoH published hygiene recommednations for preventing spread of infection
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