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Media Relations Dept.
Police Headquarters
P.O. Box HM 530
Tel: (441) 299-4249/4291/4321
Fax: (441) 299-4322
E-mail: Police Media Relations


 
Date:Saturday, November 21,2020
Distribution: All Media

COVID19 Regulations

Assistant Commissioner (Operations) Martin Weekes today said:

“The news today from Ministry of Health that a local transmission has occurred with no obvious connection to travel has reminded us all that the pandemic is far from over, even here in Bermuda. 

The Editorial in today’s Royal Gazette also strongly makes the point that it is up to all of us to work together to keep each other, and in particular the vulnerable, safe from infection. 

To this end I have today instructed all Police Officers to do more to ensure compliance with the COVID19 Regulations. 

A quick drive around the City of an average Friday evening makes it obvious that many restaurants and bars have somewhat relaxed their vigilance around the COVID19 Regulations. Masks are not being worn appropriately, sanitiser stations are being ignored, contact tracing is not taking place, patrons are moving freely among tables and congregating in groups less than 6 feet apart without masks etc etc. 

From tonight the BPS will be stepping up COVID compliance checks at licenced premises around the island and enforcement actions will follow where blatant offences are seen occurring. Licence Holders are reminded that The Regulations allow for licenced premises to be shut down for 24 hours where a Superintendent of Police deems that offences have taken place on their premises and it is necessary to close them down.  Premises who have become lax in their compliance can expect to be shut down and additionally face consequences in court.  

The issue of large gatherings at House Parties has also been raised and patrols will be instructed to monitor gatherings and where numbers are suspected to be in excess of 75 persons (and no permit exists) or where mask and physical distancing protocols are being blatantly disregarded, enforcement action will follow. 

It is up to all of us to work together to keep Bermuda safe and to reduce the infection rate in order to save lives.” 

 


All incidents are under investigation. Police are appealing to members of the public who have witnessed these incidents or may have information pertaining to them to contact their respective Police Station, Police Headquarters at 295-0011 or the confidential Crimestoppers Hotline on 1 (800) 623-8477.

Public & Media Relations Department