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News Report: Chamber says July 1 for commercial travel ‘careful’

From EyeWitness News May 18th, 2020

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employer’s Confederation (BCCEC) chief executive officer Jeffrey Beckles yesterday called the decision to commence commercial travel on or before July 1, a ‘careful consideration’.

Beckles acknowledged “progress is being made” towards with the gradual reopening of the economy in an interview with Eyewitness News.

“Obviously we are very excited to hear of the progress that has been made to get more businesses open, particularly the family islands being able to resume their commerce which is always very good,” said Beckles.

“We are always very happy about that. We are also happy to see that there is a continued focus on the safety of our people and our health which is really where we have our greatest asset.”

He said: “We know that the decision to bring guests in as early as July is a careful consideration and we are confident that any decision made will be guided by the health professionals to ensure we are able to open up safely.”

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday that officials were eyeing a possible opening date for commercial travel on or before July 1.

He insisted this date was not final, and will be adjusted if there is a deterioration of positive trends or if there are insufficient preventative measures in place.

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