Aerial view of Atlantis Paradise Island, off the coast of Nassau, The Bahamas. (Photo: Sports Illustrated)

The Bahamas enters Phase 3 of reopening October 15

Aerial view of Atlantis Paradise Island, off the coast of Nassau, The Bahamas. (Photo: Sports Illustrated)

In a national address on Monday, September 7, The Bahamas’ Minister of Tourism & Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar announced, beginning October 15, The Bahamas will enter Phase 3 of the Tourism Readiness & Recovery Plan ahead of the busy holiday season, which will include the reopening of beaches and major hotels.  

While outlining details of the country’s forward-looking recovery and reopening plan, D’Aguilar emphasised The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism’s commitment to revitalising the country’s tourism industry while maintaining that the health and well-being of citizens, residents and visitors remain paramount.

The Bahamas’ Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar (File photo)

“The country’s in-depth Tourism Readiness and Recovery Plan outlines a strategic, phased reopening strategy to ensure a comfort level that The Bahamas is a safe and healthy destination for both visitors and residents to enjoy,” a release from the ministry stated.

According to D’Aguilar, beaches and major hotels will reopen on all islands as part of the third phase of reopening the country. In addition, Phase 3 will also see the reopening of attractions, excursions and tours on November 1.

Radisson Our Lucaya Resort pool and palm trees in Grand Bahama, The Bahamas. (Photo: Royal Caribbean)

However, while tourists await the latter, all hotel guests must abide by a 14-day Vacation-In-Place (VIP), which will allow guests access to all amenities, including hotel spas, gyms, bars and other facilities.

Going the extra mile

“Ahead of the reopening, The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation is working with airline partners to secure direct airlift from key markets where the curve has been flattened,” the release pointed out.

“Following the safe move into Phase 3, The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation along with the Ministry of Health and other government agencies will recommend an appropriate date to enter Phase 4, which pertains to the reopening of vendors, select attractions, casinos, cruises and ferries,” it continued.

The Nassau cruise terminal at Prince George Wharf, Grand Bahama (File photo)

In the meantime, the tourism and aviation ministry said it will pull out all the stop to boost marketing, promotion and public relations campaign that will highlight The Bahamas as a preferred destination for vacations closer to home, as well as options that afford seclusion and outdoor pursuits.