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COVID-19 Situation

We understand that the recent news and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 situation may have caused you to re-think your current travel plans and future travel. Whether you have a dive and/or package booked with us OR are planning upcoming travel, we will do whatever we can to support you.

March 22, 2020

On March 19, 2020, the government issued the first order under the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) Regulations 2020, which, among other things, detail protocols for limiting the country-wide movements of persons to contain COVID-19 infections among the population. The order prescribed businesses that would be allowed to remain open (exempted businesses), primarily essential services including medical facilities, security services and the uniformed forces. The order also restricted the business hours of exempted businesses, subject to social distancing recommendations of three to six feet.

 

The order also imposed a curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. and that non-essential persons in businesses should stay at home. This order expires on March 31, 2020.

March 16, 2020

Dear Valued Customers + Fellow Bahamians,

We understand that the recent news and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 situation may have caused you to re-think your current travel plans and future travel. Whether you have a dive and/or package booked with us OR are planning upcoming travel, we will do whatever we can to support you.

We are continually monitoring the situation, including travel restrictions and updates to travel policies that may impact you.


Your Safety
Our top priority is everyone’s health and well-being. We highly recommend customers everywhere follow the health and travel advice of relevant authorities.

Your Current Booking(s)
We are experiencing unprecedented call volumes, emails and FB/Instagram messages. We are sorry for the long hold times and delayed replies.

If you have an upcoming booking that you need to change or cancel:

 

If You Are Planning to Make a New Booking 
If you are planning ahead or need to make a new booking, it is important that you have the flexibility to cancel. Please see our website for more details regarding our cancellation policy and travel insurance recommendations: 

https://www.biminiscubacenter.com/packages

(Scroll to the Bottom of the Page for Policy Info + Insurance Recommendations)


The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is a rapidly changing situation from a public health perspective, we are committed to keeping you informed.


With that said, here is the most recent travel advisory delivered by the Most Honorable Doctor Hubert Minnis, Prime Minister of The Bahamas at 8:00pm on Sunday, March 15th.

“Given the growing public health concern and to protect the health and well-being of the population of The Bahamas, effective Thursday, March 19th, the following travel restrictions will be introduced:

  1. Foreign nationals and foreign individuals who have traveled within the last 20 days from the United Kingdom, Ireland and Europe, will be prohibited entry into The Bahamas.

  2. This is in addition to restrictions already in place for China, Iran, Italy and South Korea.

  3. This restricted travel list of countries will be continuously monitored and updated as necessary.

  4. All Bahamian nationals and residents returning to The Bahamas through any point of entry from any of the restricted countries or an area where community infection and spread is present will be quarantined or be placed under self-isolation upon arrival and are expected to follow the protocols of the Ministry of Health.

  5. Bahamian nationals or residents returning to The Bahamas who have been abroad and believe that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 are asked to contact the Ministry of Health’s hotline or their local health provider.

  6. Non-essential travel by Bahamian nationals and residents and other countries is highly discouraged.

  7. Let me repeat this:  If you do not need to travel overseas at this time, I highly urge you to remain at home.

  8. Let me remind you of some health and medical facts about this virus:

  • Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

  • In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

  • Most people who contract this virus will fully recover.

  • But there are a number of people who are particularly vulnerable, including the elderly and those with chronic diseases, such as hypertension and diabetes, and those with compromised immune systems.  

  • We do not know how long this crisis will be with us.

  • Hand-washing is among the most important hygiene measures in preventing the spread of infection.

  • Standard recommendations to prevent the spread of infection include: regular hand washing with soap for at least 20 seconds, and covering the mouth and the nose when coughing and sneezing.

  • Cover your mouth and nose if you sneeze or cough by sneezing or coughing into your elbow or the crook of your arm.

  • Avoid unnecessarily touching your nose, mouth and eyes. You can introduce germs and viruses to your body this way.

  • Close contact should be avoided with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

  • Gloves are not a substitute for handwashing.

  • Hands should be washed before and after significant contact with any patient.

  • Alcohol-based skin disinfectants, designed for use without water, may be used in certain limited circumstances until there is access to hand-washing facilities.

  • If each of us commits to following these practices we can limit the spread of this virus.

  • We must each do our part to keep our families, our community and ourselves safer.

  • If you are sick stay home, wash your hands regularly and stay away from large crowds and gatherings.

  • Many are asking what they should do if you think that they have the symptoms associated with this virus.

  • We now know that most persons who become infected will have a mild illness, and not require a visit to a health care facility.

 

It is important that if you think you are experiencing symptoms and need to visit a clinic or doctor’s office call before you go so as not to put others at risk of becoming infected.

 

Call your doctor’s office or the Ministry of Health’s 24 Hour Hotline at (242) 376 9350 between the hours of 8am and 8pm and (242) 376 9387 between 8pm and 8am.”


Stay safe and well,

Yours sincerely,

Neal Watson II + Crew, Neal Watson's Bimini Scuba Center

 Neal Watson's Bimini Scuba Center 

located at the Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina

Alice Town, North Bimini, The Bahamas

Local (242) 473 8816  I  Toll Free (800) 867 4764

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