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Govt: ‘Serious Breaches Will Result In Closure’

“Serious breaches or repeated breaches will result in an immediate closure of the business premise or law enforcement action toward the proprietors,” the Government said today.

A Government spokesperson said, “With Phase 2 underway and businesses expanding their services, the Minister of National Security, the Hon. Wayne Caines is once again reminding residents and businesses that the Bermuda Police Service [BPS] and the Royal Bermuda Regiment [RBR] continue their community engagement to ensure that the guidelines during this phase are followed.

“The Minister again advised that any member of the public who sees a breach by a person or a business can report the breach to the police in one of the following methods – by calling 211 or making a report on the web via portal.police.bm.

“As a reminder, visits are being made to business premises to check:

  • physical distancing measures.
  • the use of PPE masks where mandated.
  • required health regulation compliance in regards to cleanliness and sensitization.
  • the appropriate number of persons within the premises.
  • the enforcement of any other guidance set by the Ministry of Health.

“Additionally, advice will be given if there are minor breaches. Serious breaches or repeated breaches will result in an immediate closure of the business premise or law enforcement action toward the proprietors.

“Minister Caines also advised that during Phase 2, visits will be made to outside dining areas to ensure physical distance compliance and that health measures are being adhered to.

“Other points to note for permitted businesses and the public include:

  • Businesses should publish the relevant guidance to patrons in prominent places within their establishment.
  • A new fixed penalty framework is being developed to address regulation breaches which will result in on the spot fine for individuals and businesses. Non-payment will result in court action.
  • The Coast Guard will be active this week and into the holiday weekend to ensure regulations compliance on the water.
  • Police and Regiment officers will be present to ensure patrons leave establishments promptly at 9.00 p.m.
  • Police and Regiment will also continue to be visible in public parks and other areas to ensure regulation compliance by the public.
  • The Curfew regulations will be in force from 10.00 pm – 6.00 am, and any breaches will be subject to law enforcement and/or arrest.

Minister Caines concluded, “With businesses reopening, I cannot stress enough how critical it is that all establishments have the appropriate PPE supplies available for their staff and for their customers. Procurement of these items is the responsibility of the business.

“Lastly, I am encouraging the public and our businesses to please be mindful and responsible when engaging in these expanded services. There are health protocols and restrictions in place. If the guidelines are not adhered to in accordance with the Emergency Powers Regulations, this could result in a business being closed.”

“Any member of the public or business that wishes to review or access the Phase 2 guidelines can visit www.gov.bm/coronavirus.”