Freeport courthouse shut down; Fears officers have COVID-19
The Office of the Judiciary has shut down the Garnet Levarity Justice Centre in Freeport effective immediately, amid fears that some police officers who work at the court complex are infected with COVID-19. A magistrate was reportedly admitted to hospital. A police prosecutor is also rumored to have coronavirus. Anxious courthouse staff members are waiting to be screened and tested.
In the meantime, professionals will be brought in to deep clean the building before it is reopened to the public.
“The Garnet Levarity Justice Centre in Freeport, Grand Bahama is temporarily closed as of Monday, 20 July, 2022,” the Office of the Judiciary said in a statement.
“This action is taken out of an abundance of caution pending the completion of ongoing investigations by health officials,” it continued.
The Gallery has been reliably informed that the building was shut down from Friday.
There has been a dramatic resurgence of covid-19 cases on the island. Grand Bahama now has 39 cases - 14 of them were announced today. The new cases on the island range in age from 17 to 71.