The Bahamas will restrict travelers coming from the US starting Wednesday.
The Sun-Sentinel reports Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis, who has also been the acting health minister, cites a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the US for the new implementation of travel restrictions.
The Bahamas reopened to international travel on July 1 and will still allow people from Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union to travel to the islands.
Bahamas Paradise Cruiseline will resume sailings in October, after recently announcing it would return to see in August.
Exceptions to the rule will be for emergencies and essential travel, but anyone traveling to the islands will need to have a negative COVID-19 test from an accredited lab 10 days or less before traveling or will be required to quarantine for 14 days.
The new restrictions will be a blow to the Bahamas economy, which thrives on American tourism mostly coming from Florida. The islands’ economy also suffered significant damage after Hurricane Dorian in 2019.
According to the Bahamas Ministry of Health, the country has 153 cases of coronavirus as of Sunday and 11 people have died.
The new orders also close all beaches and parks and ban indoor dining, weddings, funerals, religious services and sporting events in Grand Bahama, the Sun-Sentinel reports.