Just days after Prime Minister Hubert Minnis announced US travelers would be blocked from the Bahamas during a coronavirus spike, the government changed course.

Americans are allowed, but they’ll have to undergo a 14-quarantine in a government facility and pass a COVID-19 test at the end of their isolation, both at their own expense.

342 cases in the Bahamas

On Monday the Bahamas Ministry of Health put the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 342.

Nassau Cruise Port work under way

Demolition of the former Bahamas Customs Warehouse began last week as the transformation of that area moves forward for the creation of Nassau Cruise Port

In August 2019, the Bahamas signed a heads of agreement with Nassau Cruise Port for a $250m development. The operator, Global Ports Holding, is spearheading the transformation of the port under a 25-year management agreement.

Besides a new terminal building and expanded cruise ship piers, the development features a waterfront park, a harbor village, a new inner harbor, amphitheater and a Junkanoo museum.

‘Rather than Nassau going to sleep early every evening, Bahamians and visitors should enjoy a bustling and vibrant city, with exciting nightlife and entertainment, featuring Bahamian and international culture, music and food,’ Minnis said last week.