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DPM: We Will Adjust Protocols with COVID Situation

Deputy Prime Minister Chester Cooper says government will adjust COVID protocols and restrictions as the need arises.

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NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Deputy Prime Minister Chester Cooper says government will adjust COVID protocols and restrictions as the need arises, but stresses there is no need for businesses to suffer in the meantime. He made the comments while touring Junkanoo Beach today.

Kyle Walkine has the story.



With the tourism industry projected to bounce back with a vengeance, Deputy Prime Minister Chester Cooper acknowledging on Friday that officials are concerned about the possibility of a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections.

However, the tourism minister says the further reopening of the economy was essential for the country’s rebound, adding that if errors were made regarding the relaxation of certain restrictions, they will make the necessary adjustments.

There have been some concerns that the government removed too many restrictions following the end of the state of the emergency.

But Cooper, who spoke to reporters during a tour of Junkanoo Beach, says the Davis administration hasn’t been loose and free with its policy and will continue to follow the science.

While new COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations have decreased in recent weeks, Cooper says its important for Bahamians and visitors to continue to follow the health guidelines.

Cooper’s comments came as he toured Junkanoo Beach and spoke with vendors.

The DPM said in speaking with those vendors, he’s pleased with the state of the area, but realized they have some concerns.

Those vendors say after a rough 18 months, tourists are returning to the area.

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