DPM satisfied that “health protocols remain strong”
NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday issued a Level 4 travel advisory for The Bahamas, a move which Tourism, Investments and Aviation Minister Chester Cooper said was not unexpected given the exponential rise in cases over the past two weeks.
Cooper said in a press release that in the course of the latest wave of COVID-19 infections, there has not been a dramatic increase in hospitalizations for severe symptoms and deaths have been rare.
“Because the minister of health has identified, we imagine we’re at or nearing a peak on this wave of COVID-19 infections,” said Cooper.
“Despite what appears to be milder symptoms from this variant, the Ministry of Tourism stays vigilant and poised to pivot when needed.
“Our hotel properties and tourism amenities are following proper protocols and have in place additional measures to be sure the travel experience is a secure one.
“Our health visa system for visitors stays in place, as does our testing regime for all travelers.”
He further noted that the recently launched free testing system has given The Bahamas one other tool in tracking the spread of COVID-19.
We’re actively engaging the Ministry of Health and our stakeholders to be sure that we strike the suitable balance to guard public health, maintain robust tourist arrivals and a vibrant economy.
– Deputy Prime Minister Chester Cooper
“As well as, our healthcare system has recently been bolstered by additional nurses and doctors,” said Cooper.
“We’re hopeful that we are going to see a dropoff in infection numbers in the approaching weeks. When this happens, we’re confident that the rating can be favorably reviewed.
“Within the meantime, we’re satisfied that our health protocols remain strong.
“We’re actively engaging the Ministry of Health and our stakeholders to be sure that we strike the suitable balance to guard public health, maintain robust tourist arrivals and a vibrant economy.”
The CDC moved 22 countries to its Level 4 travel health notice tier Tuesday, signaling that travelers should “avoid travel to those destinations” no matter vaccination status.
As recently as December, the CDC had lower the country’s travel risk advisory to Level 2.