Wednesday 3 June, 2020

Bahamas Governor-General to declare SOE to fight COVID-19

Governor-General Cornelius Smith. Photo: Office of the Prime Minister of Bahamas.

Governor-General Cornelius Smith. Photo: Office of the Prime Minister of Bahamas.

Bahamian Parliamentarians are expected to debate, on Wednesday, regulations that may be enforced once Governor-General Cornelius Smith declares a state public of emergency (SOE) over the threat of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) said: “The Proclamation and the attendant COVID-19 Regulations would provide for Executive powers to enforce quarantines, social distancing, utilization of essential services and restrictions on personal movement for a set time.”

“It also makes provisions to sanction the spreading of false information that can induce fear and panic across social media or any other public platform.”

A draft proclamation order, dated March 17, said the SOE will last for 14 days, however, it can be extended for a period no longer than six months by a vote of the House of Assembly.

The Bahamas currently has one confirmed case of COVID-19.

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