“The imposition of SafeKey by the Government has created another divide,” OBA MP Michael Dunkley said, adding that “while a well intended government policy” it “once again penalizes those businesses that have borne the brunt of Covid policies over the past 18 months.”
This follows after a new policy came into effect on Friday, August 20th which requires the use of a Safekey for “indoor public spaces where masks are permitted to be removed, namely; indoor dining, bars, clubs, and sports/members clubs as well as attending a gym/fitness facility” and to “board all Island Boats with more than 20 passengers.”
Mr. Dunkley said, “The majority of Bermudians are vaccinated but still there is a significant and important minority who have to date not had the jab. The imposition of SafeKey by the Government has created another divide.
“For many, the new regulations make people feel comfortable about going to impacted establishments. However, these establishments have never been the problem.
“The spikes have come from those not following Covid guidelines while attending funerals, personal gatherings and large scale events allowed just before Cup March.
“SafeKey, while a well intended government policy, once again penalizes those businesses that have borne the brunt of Covid policies over the past 18 months; restaurants, gyms, charter boats, sports clubs and bars to name a few.
“For these, SafeKey might not be the savior, it could be the final nail in the coffin. One must question government’s rationale in selecting these businesses. Where is the equity and what is the rationale for these restrictions?”