Cooper says improving rating “good for business” but threat of omicron persists
NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Tourism, Investments and Aviation Chester Cooper yesterday warned that this nation ought not be “lulled to sleep” by the US’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) decision to lower The Bahamas’ COVID-19 Travel Risk Advisory Rating from Level 3 to Level 2.
Speaking ahead of a Cabinet meeting yesterday, Cooper said: “With the new variant coming, we ought to not be lulled to sleep by this improvement in our rating by the CDC. We should always stay vigilant, follow the protocols [and] avoid large crowds and gatherings.
“Now that we’re at Level 2, it doesn’t mean we’re completely out of the woods.
“The truth for without delay, at this point, this is nice for business. There may be numerous pent-up demand. Out numbers are exceeding what they were at pre-pandemic levels.
“We at the moment are anticipating that we’re going to get the large groups, the conventions and company business.
“This can be a win-win for our economy, a win-win for tourism and it’s great for the Bahamian people.”
The CDC’s reclassification was announced in a press release from the Ministry of Health and Wellness Monday night.
A Level 3 rating represents a high risk while Level 2 is moderate risk.
This can be a win-win for our economy, a win-win for tourism and it’s great for the Bahamian people.
– Deputy Prime Minister Chester Cooper
“In keeping with the CDC, a Level 2 rating advises international travelers to be fully vaccinated before coming to The Bahamas,” the Ministry of Health and Wellness said.
“It also advises that unvaccinated travelers who’re at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should avoid non-essential travel and if travel is needed, discuss any concerns with a physician.”
In late November, the CDC reclassified the COVID-19 threat in The Bahamas from a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory to a Level 3 warning. This got here after the CDC moved the country to a Level 4 warning from Level 3 in August.