Bahamas Governor-General to declare SOE to fight COVID-19
Dillon De Shong
Created : 18 March 2020
Governor-General Cornelius Smith. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 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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