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Bahamas announces new COVID-19 measures for New Providence, Abaco and Eleuthera



#Nassau, The Bahamas – November 9, 2020 — Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis on Sunday announced the relaxation of certain restrictive measures for the islands of New Providence and Abaco, and an increase in restrictions for mainland Eleuthera. In an address to the nation on Sunday 8 November, the Prime Minister pointed to the progress recorded on New Providence and Abaco since restrictive measures were introduced a month ago. Since then, there have been reductions recorded among key health indicators watched closely by health officials, including the number new cases of COVID-19, transmission, the national positivity rate and hospitalizations.

“We have seen good progress on both New Providence and Abaco,” said Prime Minister Minnis. Effective Monday 9 November, the weekday curfew for New Providence and Abaco will move to 9pm to 5am, and the weekend 24-hour curfew will be lifted and a 6pm to 5am curfew on Saturdays and Sundays will take effect. Other changes to take effect on Monday for New Providence and Abaco include:


• the resumption of in-stores services in the retail sector – including pharmacies – Monday to Saturday; • food stores may open on Saturdays; • outdoor dining at restaurants permitted Monday to Saturday, including at fish frys. On Sundays, only drive-thru and take-away services will be permitted; • indoor dining at hotels will be permitted; and • beaches and parks will open Saturdays and Sundays from 5am to 6pm.

On Grand Bahama, the daily curfew, Monday to Sunday, will also move to 9pm to 5am. The Prime Minister said the government would continue to consult with health officials to determine the appropriate time for the safe reopening of gyms, spas and other elements of the economy. For the island of Eleuthera (excluding Spanish Wells and Harbour Island), Prime Minister Minnis announced that a 6pm to 5am weekday (Monday to Friday) curfew will take effect on the mainland starting tomorrow.

All bars, and restaurants connected to bars will be closed. Funeral services may take place at the graveside only with a maximum of 10 people not including officiant; and weddings will be limited to 10, not including the officiant. Repasts and receptions are prohibited. Indoor church services and in-person classroom instruction of students will be prohibited. Public and private social gatherings will also be prohibited. On the weekends, a 24-hour curfew will be implemented starting on Fridays at 6pm to Mondays at 5am. During the 24-hour curfew, businesses are not permitted to operate, including grocery stores and pharmacies.

“To reduce the spread on Eleuthera, I ask everyone on the island to please go back to measures that worked for you in the past, so that Eleuthera can reopen various areas safely and as quickly as possible,” said Prime Minister Minnis.

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The Prime Minister said that the Royal Bahamas Defence Force is on alert and in place to ensure that vessels do not flee Eleuthera in violation of the Orders. Additional police resources have also been deployed to ensure enforcement of measures put in place to protect the residents of Eleuthera.

As of Saturday 8 November, Eleuthera had a total of 117 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the island. All districts in Eleuthera have recorded confirmed cases of the virus, with the greatest proportion of cases in South Eleuthera, followed by North Eleuthera and then Central Eleuthera.

The measures for Eleuthera were recommended by health officials following an assessment of the COVID-19 situation on the island last week, noted the Prime Minister.

In his address, the Prime Minister acknowledged the Family Islands that currently have no active cases of COVID-19, including Acklins, Crooked Island, Cat Island, Inagua, Mayaguana, Long Island and San Salvador.

“As we emerge out of this second wave, let us be cautiously optimistic and let us continue to be careful,” said Prime Minister Minnis. “We are opening up. But if we stop following the public health advice, virus cases will increase again, and we may end up back under restrictions.”

From Office of the Prime Minister, Bahamas

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Royal Caribbean to open adults only private island destination



Rashaed Esson

Staff Writer


#TheBahamas, September 19, 2023 – Royal Caribbean is working on a major project, announcing plans to open a new adults-only “escape” Hideaway Beach at its CocoCay private-island destination in The Bahamas, come January 2024.

The “beachfront paradise,” set to be situated at the western side of Perfect Day at CocoCay, behind Thrill Waterpark, will have a private beach and multiple pools with DJ music, 20 private cabanas and several spots for “drinks and bites,” the company says.

Not only that, it will include a “hidden VIP experience.”

Michael Bayley, Royal Caribbean International President and CEO is of the impression that this will bring a compelling, sought after new way to enjoy a day at its private island.

He said, “Hideaway Beach is a completely new vibe and experience that vacationers are looking for on Perfect Day at CocoCay.”

It is going to be a getaway spot for adults, only 18 or older allowed to enter.

“Everything from its hidden-like location to the exclusive beach and pools to the private cabanas is designed for adults who want a day just for them,” the CEO said.

The space, according to Claudia Diaz-Gonzalez, Royal Caribbean Associate Vice President of Private Destination Development, will be able to host between 1,500 and 2,000 guests.

No specific day was provided for the opening.

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Eleuthera Medical Center Marks 5 Years, Private community clinic ‘grows with the demand’, adds Dental and Dermatology to slate of services



#Eleuthera, The Bahamas, September 19, 2023 – A Family Island clinic that started with a vision to serve the community with the best in private medical care and wellness regardless of a patient’s financial standing celebrated its fifth anniversary this month, announcing new services it said were those most strongly requested by patients.

Eleuthera Medical Center (EMC), the flagship of Bahamas Wellness Health Systems, marked its anniversary adding dental and dermatology to its growing list of medical specialties that includes primary wellness, vision, gynecology and pediatrics. Some services are offered on an ongoing daily basis provided by physicians at one of Bahamas Wellness Health Systems (BWHS) four clinics, others are offered on a rotating basis by visiting medical specialists and associates on a regularly scheduled rotating basis.

“When we opened our doors to this clinic in 2018, we knew there was a need for full-time medical care and especially attention to wellness in Eleuthera,” said EMC and Bahamas Wellness Health Systems founder Dr. Arlington Lightbourne. “But we underestimated how appreciative the community would be that there were always physicians on call, that in the case of an emergency we could respond, that we provided an ambulance and emergency care saving patients from having to be airlifted to Nassau or beyond.”

Lightbourne said the years have not been without challenges.

“For nearly 18 months, we endured COVID, conducting testing outdoors, trying to keep our spirits strong and staff well so they could care for others and yet in a small community like Eleuthera where you know someone in everyone’s family it’s hard not to feel the pain and suffering others feel,” said Dr. Lightbourne. “But we doubled down and said we are here for the long haul and whatever the path is to provide the best in care, to make that care affordable and to improve the wellness of the community overall, that is the journey we are on, and it has been an incredibly rewarding one.”

To support that emphasis on wellness, the clinic located in the settlement of Palmetto Point adjacent to Governors Harbour in the heart of central Eleuthera, offers regularly scheduled lectures and town meetings with a nutritionist and wellness expert who is part of the team. Lightbourne’s interest in well-being stems from his work in Emergency Care at both PMH and Doctors Hospital where the vast number of cases he treated were the result of non-communicable diseases and conditions including heart attacks, high blood pressure and cancer related to lifestyle – poor diet high in fats and low in nutrition and lack of proper physical exercise.

Today, he said he is seeing more interest in preventative care, a sign that Bahamians learned from Covid and its aftermath that wellness matters.

“We have a brighter future ahead of us and I am proud of what we are doing in Eleuthera and our other clinics to make a difference in The Bahamas with careful diagnoses and individual attention to how people conduct their daily lives when it comes to their overall wellness,” said Lightbourne, now the deputy director of the Bahamas Medical Association and an authorized NHI provider.

BHWS also operates clinics in Nassau, Spanish Wells and Lower Bogue.


Photo Caption: The Hon. Clay Sweeting, MP, Central and South Eleuthera, welcomes the Bahamas Wellness Medical Center’s ambulance. He is pictured with Dr. Jessica Moss, Emergency Medicine Specialist and Vice President & Medical Director at Eleuthera Medical Center, and Dr. Arlington Lightbourne, founder of the expanding clinic, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary serving the community by adding dental and dermatology to its growing list of specializations.

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Coral Harbour Base, 18 September. ‘23 (RBDF): The Royal Bahamas Defence Force was honoured to attend a Day of Celebration at the Mall at Marathon on the occasion of  Brazil’s 201st Day of Independence (7th September, 2023). The occasion also marked a celebration of friendship and unity.

In a remarkable display of cultural exchange and diplomatic ties, Young Officers led by Lieutenant Blair Bethel, joined in the celebration. Against the backdrop of cultural exchange, Brazilian Singer Ellen Oléria held a special musical performance bringing a taste of Brazil’s vibrant culture to The Bahamas. Her performance showcased the infectious rhythms of Portuguese music commemorating their rich history and vibrant culture.

The RBDF, under the leadership of Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond E. King, is dedicated to the meaningful involvement and development of service members as we share the responsibility for accomplishing the Defence Force’s Mandate. The Royal Bahamas Defence Force extends its congratulations to the people of Brazil during this momentous occasion as we look forward to fostering mutual understanding and building a brighter future between The Bahamas and Brazil.

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