COVID 19 Emergency Documents – Everything in One Place

May 26, 2020
COVID 19 Emergency Documents – Everything in One Place

Nassau, The Bahamas – To help you navigate through all of the documentation related to COVID 19 Emergency Powers, we compiled in one place, access to published documents. Documents are listed in chronological order and includes links to PDF copies for each publication. This list will be updated periodically to include the latest available information.

1. 17th March, 2020:- Emergency Powers (COVID 19) Regulations, 2020

2. 19th March, 2020:- Emergency Powers (COVID 19) (Amendment) No. 2) Regulations 2020

3. 20th March, 2020:- Emergency Powers (COVID 19) (No. 1) Order 2020Came into force 20th Day of March – repealed by Emergency Order No. 2

4. 20th March 2020:- Exempted Businesses and Undertakings No. 1 – Exempted:

a. A business licensed to provide security guard services

b. A life and health insurance broker and agency from 9am to 5 pm

c. Wholesale bakery 9 am to 5 pm

d. A hardware store, for the purposes of taking purchase orders from licensed contractors and delivery to the job site from 9am to 5pm

e. A credit union from 9am to 5pm

f. Arawak Port Development Company, New Providence

5. 20th March 2020:Exempted Businesses and Undertakings No. 2– Exempted:

a. The Bahamas Red Cross

b. Any water depot facility between 9am to 5pm

c. Freeport Container Port

d. Freeport Harbour Company

e. The Bridge Authority

f. Cloud Carib Limited

Provided that only essential workers necessary for the performance of the core functions are utilized while adhering at all times to the social distancing requirements specified in the Order

6. 24th March 2020:- Emergency Powers (COVID 19) (No. 2) Order 2020Came into force 24th March 2020 and set to expire 31st March 2020 – extended to April 8th 2020 – repealed Emergency Order No. 1. A comprehensive summary of this Order is available via this link, In Summary, Emergency Powers (COVID 19) (No. 2) Order 2020.

7. 25th March 2020:- Exempted Businesses and Undertakings(No number provided)

a. Electronic and Technical Services

b. Farming, Horticulture, Agricultural and Fisheries

c. Professional Services

d. Travel Services- Rental Cars only

e. Other Services

f. Industrial Manufacturers

g. Personal Services

h. Diplomatic Cooperation

i. Security Services

8. 25th March 2020:- Emergency Powers (COVID 19) (No. 2) (Amendment) Order, 2020

9. 26th March 2020:- Extension of Deadline for Economic Substance Filing (Notice made by Ministry of Finance) – 3-month Extension for economic substance filing deadline

10. 26th March 2020:- Emergency Powers (COVID 19) (No. 2) (Amendment) Order, 2020

a. Limits exercise to one’s yard or immediate neighbourhood

11. 27th March 2020:- Exempted Businesses and Undertakings No. 3:

a. Exempts Laundromats

12. 30th March 2020:- Emergency Powers (COVID 19) Regulations, 2020 – Emergency Powers (COVID 19) (Special Provisions) Order, 2020:

a. Suspends need to get government licences/permits

b. Suspends need for seal

c. Suspends insurance premiums for health/life/medical

13. 30th March 2020:– DPM Update on Fiscal Matters

14. 30th March 2020:- Exempted Businesses and Undertakings No. 4

a. Money transmission businesses – where they don’t have to go through other premises

15. 30th March 2020:- Exempted Businesses and Undertakings No. 5

a. Department of Road Traffic between 9am and 5pm

b. General insurance brokers between 9am and 5pm- to facilitate motor vehicles insuring and licensing

c. Pharmacies 9am to 3pm

16. 30th March 2020:- Notice #4 – Office of the Chief Justice – RE: Extension of Emergency Orders

17. 31st March 2020:- Emergency Powers (COVID 19) (No. 2) Amendment (No. 4) Order, 2020

a. Suspends routine medical and dental appointments unless medical emergency- and always adhering to social distancing protocols.

18. 1st April 2020:– Security Commission guidance to Registrants and Licensees with Respect to Order 3(1) of the Emergency Powers (COVID 19) (No. 2) Order, 2020

a. Allows Registrants under the Security Industry Act 2011, Investment Fund Administrators Licensed under the Investment Funds Act 2019 and Licenses under the Financial and Corporate Service Providers Act 2000 to:

“retain only critical and essential staff in office during working hours (as required) on an “as needed” basis, and for the conduct of urgent international business, subject to strict adherence to sanitation and social distancing requirements”

19. 3rd April, 2020:- Emergency Powers (COVID 19) (Lockdown) Order, 2020

20. 3rd April, 2020:- Emergency Powers (COVID 19) (No. 2) (Amendment) (No. 5) Order, 2020

21. 3rd April, 2020:- Emergency Powers (COVID19) (No.2) (Amendment) (No.6) Order 2020

22. 6th April, 2020:- Press Conference Prime Minister

23. 6th April, 2020:- New Providence – Food Shopping Schedule

24. 6th April, 2020:-  Amended and Consolidated Exempted Businesses and Undertakings

25. 6th April,2020:- COVID 19 Resolution

26. 7th April, 2020:- Press Release – Grocery Shopping Hours Extended

27. 8th April, 2020:- Emergency Powers (COVID 19) (Lockdown) (No.2) Order 2020

28. 8th April, 2020:- Emergency Powers (COVID19) (No.2) (Amendment)(No.7) Order 2020

29. 14th April, 2020:- General Protocol For Boating During COVID 19

30. 15th April, 2020:- Emergency Powers (COVID19) (Lockdown) (No.3) Order, 2020

31. 15th April, 2020:- Emergency Powers (COVID19) (No.2) (Amendment) (No.8)Order, 2020

32. 16th April, 2020:- Emergency Powers (COVID 19) (Lockdown) (No. 3) Amendment Order, 2020

33. 16th April, 2020:- Emergency Powers (COVID 19) (No. 2) (Amendment) (No. 9) Order, 2020

34. 16th April, 2020:- Emergency Powers (COVID 19) (Special Provisions) (Amendment) Order, 2020

35. 20th April, 2020:- Emergency Powers (COVID 19) (Amendment) (No. 5) Regulations

36. 21st April, 2020:- Emergency Powers (COVID 19) (No. 2) (Amendment) (No.10) Order, 2020

37. 24th April, 2020:-  Exempted Businesses and Undertakings (no Number given)

  • Further exemptions for:
    • Electronic and Technical Services
    • Farming, Horticulture, Agricultural and Fisheries
    • Professional Services including Attorneys

38. 27th April, 2020:- Resolution Number 4

  • Approves the continuance of the Proclamation made on the 17th day of March, 2020 until the 30th day of May, 2020.
  • Affirms the continuance in effect of the Emergency Powers (COVID 19) Regulations, 2020 made on the 17th day of March, 2020 until the 30th day of May, 2020.
  • Affirms the continuance in effect of the Emergency Powers (COVID 19)(No. 2) Order, 2020 made on the 23rd day of March, 2020 until the 30th day of May, 2020.
  • Affirms the continuance in effect of the Emergency Powers (COVID 19)(Special Provisions) Order, 2020 made on the 30th day of March, 2020 until the 30th day of May, 2020.

39. 29th April, 2020:- Emergency Powers (COVID 19) (No. 2) (Amendment) (No.11) Order, 2020

40. 1st May, 2020:- Emergency Powers (COVID 19) (Lockdown) (No. 5) Order, 2020

41. 1st May, 2020:- Court of Appeal Practice Direction 1 of 2020

42. 4th May, 2020:- Emergency Powers (COVID 19) (Special Provisions) (Amendment) (No. 3) Order, 2020

  • Details Government’s new rental assistance program
  • Details road traffic requirements for vehicles (requirement to license remains suspended but cars must be roadworthy).

43.  8th May:- Emergency Powers (COVID 19) (No. 3) Order, 2020

  • The No. 3 Order indicates we are in phase 1b of the country’s gradual opening.
  • Under No. 3 Order businesses with curbside pickup and delivery capabilities will be allowed to operate under specific protocols. The delivery and curbside protocols allow for very little or no person to person contact.
  • International travel restrictions on incoming persons have been relaxed. Under the No. 3 Order citizens, legal residents, and homeowners qualified for economic residency may return to New Providence or Grand Bahama. Before they can enter persons must: 1. register with their closest Bahamas consulate, 2. confirm to MOH they have tested negative for the virus (note they can choose to be tested upon arrival) and 3. The incoming flight must obtain prior approval from Civil Aviation before departing. Upon arrival those persons must self-quarantine for 14 days and are subject to MOH quarantine protocols.
  • The islands in the MICAL constituency, Rum Cay and Ragged Island have had no reported cases of the virus and have been allowed to resume normal commercial activity under physical distancing and mask protocols. Airports in those islands have been allowed to open for persons who are ordinarily resident in Nassau to return home.
  • We remain under a 24 hour curfew and must stay at home unless designated ‘essential’ or travelling to a place that has been approved to operate.
  • It appears the weekend Lockdown Order remains unaffected.
  • Emergency Powers (COVID 19) (No. 3) Order, 2020 revokes Emergency Powers (COVID 19) (No. 2) Order, 2020

44. 11th May:- Supreme Court Registries  – Public Notice

  • Supreme Court Registries in New Providence and Grand Bahama are open to the public with restricted hours of operation and for appointments only.

45. 14th May, 2020:- THE OFFICE OF THE CHIEF JUSTICE Notice #6

46. 15th May, 2020:- Emergency Powers (COVID 19) (Lockdown) (No. 7) Order, 2020

47. 20th May, 2020:- Emergency Powers (COVID 19) (No.3) (Amendment) Order,2020

48. 21st May, 2020: Emergency Powers (COVID 19) (Special Provisions) (Amendment) (No. 5) Order, 2020

49. 22nd May, 2020:- OPM Statement on Worship services, extension of business hours

50. 22nd May, 2020:- Emergency Powers (COVID 19) (No.3) (Amendment) (No.2) Order, 2020

51. 22nd May, 2020:- Emergency Powers (COVID 19) (Special Provisions) (Amendment) (No.4) Order, 2020

52. 22nd May, 2020:- Emergency Powers (COVID 19) (Lockdown) (No. 8) Order, 2020