STATEMENT TO THE MEDIA | Providing details of the strategic response to the fourth wave of COVID-19 infections
We must do whatever we can to reduce the total number of infections; we want as few of those infections to cause serious illness as possible; and we want to reduce the impact, which unfortunately will be severe, on our clinics and hospitals.
After assessing the program we are pleased to announce that as of Monday, December 13, 2021, Bahamians and residents will no longer be required to obtain a health travel visa to enter their beautiful home.
The new Merchant Shipping Bill, (“the Bill”) seeks to continue to provide for:
• the registration of Bahamian ships;
• the propriety interests in ships
• the training, certification, and watchkeeping relating to seafarers,
• the conditions of employment of seafarers and the health and well-being of seafarers on board a ship;
• the prevention of collisions and the safety of navigation;
• the safety of cargoes including transhipment activities;
• the prevention of pollution;
• maritime safety and security;
• the liability of ship owners; and
• Investigations into marine casualties.
Further the Bill retains and updates the requirements for the regulation and development of Merchant Shipping and related services. The provisions of the Limitation of Liability Act will be incorporated into this new Bill. Accordingly, the new Bill will bring together Acts of Parliament in a single, comprehensive Act which embraces the subject matter of the enactments.
After having dominated our lives for almost two years, there is no question that Bahamians everywhere are growing weary in the battle against COVID-19 and are looking forward to bigger and better prospects and achievements from this new day government. They can rest assured that we all are working hard and steadily heading in the right direction. However, when we think we are done with the COVID 19 pandemic, new mutated variants pop up proving that the pandemic is not done with us.
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