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Bahamas: LOSE BIG: Party promoters fined nearly $100,000 for breaking COVID protocols

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The promotors of a large party held over the weekend were cited nearly $100,000 in fines for an event with more than 300 people that went against COVID-19 protocols.

In videos and photos widely circulated on social media, hundreds of people appeared to be gathering and partying at a West Hill Street venue on Sunday, with many of the attendees not following social distancing protocols or wearing protective face masks.

Chief Superintendent Zhivago Dames, officer in charge of the COVID-19 Enforcement Unit, confirmed to Eyewitness News: “Based on what I would have seen in reference to the video, it appears to be well over 300 persons and if you were to do the maths, for hosting a social gathering, the start of fine is $2,000 and the person who arranged that is charged also $300 for every patron that is attending that event.”

The latest event comes amid ongoing concern over the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, which officials have labeled a third wave.

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