EDITOR, The Tribune
As a permanent resident ln the Bahamas I am reluctant to express my views, but suffice it to say I am so disappointed and frustrated with the country’s, and in particular the Government’s, reaction to the COVID 19 situation that I am compelled to put pen to paper.
I observe the COVID regulations religiously so I go out only when necessary and that is infrequently. On every occasion that I have been out I find the public’s attention to the COVID regulations disturbing and the government seems to have its head in the sand as to what is actually going on in the community. Social distancing is either not understood or simply ignored and the wearing of face masks while being observed by many, but not all, is for the most part a joke.
Despite instructions as to proper manner of mask usage this seems to be ignored, misunderstood, or both. For example – I was in the Super Value store at the top of Mackey Street this morning.
Social distancing was not evident and the staff and some of the customers that were actually wearing a mask clearly did not know how to wear it or did not care.
On the way home I passed the government office on Shirley Street across from Bank of The Bahamas. At a Government office the regulations were not being observed. These are not isolated instances I understand that the experiment at Arawak Cay over the weekend was another failure of COVID regulation observance.
If we wish to emulate what is happening in the US and if that is the preferred course of action then simply go ahead and open up the country because at the present absence of community participation it will not happen.
June 18, 2020.