Most local Covid-19 restrictions ended at 5.00am today [June 20], with only rules regarding mask wearing in indoor public places and restrictions on large groups to remain in place.
Speaking at Tuesday’s [June 15] press conference, Premier David Burt said, “All local restrictions, with the exception of two rules regarding mask wearing in indoor public places and restrictions on large groups, will come to an end on Sunday, June 20 at 5.00am.”
“In short, you can sit more than ten to a table in a restaurant, you can stay out past midnight, and there will not be any restrictions on activities on land and on the water. And, in most circumstances, you will not require a mask outdoors any more.
“It is important for everyone to note that we are not claiming an end to the pandemic. The Government is able to confidently end restrictions due our success in reducing local transmission, increasing vaccinations, and by implementing strict controls at our borders to protect our island from dangerous variants. We can open up our island because we will protect our borders.”
Minister of Health Kim Wilson previously said, “I am pleased to announce that we can now end most public health restrictions due to our significant progress in controlling the virus as reflected in our updated country status.
“However, the following restrictions will remain: a maximum of 100 people for large group gatherings and the wearing masks indoors [particularly when not eating or drinking].
“What does this mean for gyms, for example? Gym owners will no longer need to space their equipment. However, when not working out, staff and patrons must wear a mask. To be blunt: we don’t know who is and who isn’t vaccinated, and now is not the time to end our vigilance completely. We have come too far and worked too hard for the success we’ve achieved. The entire Bermuda community deserves relaxations but within this reasonable limit: wear a mask indoors.”
The Minister also confirmed that as far as incoming travelers, “As of June 20 2021, all non-immunised persons travelling to Bermuda are subject to mandatory quarantine. Mandatory quarantine means those hotel and guest house properties that have been designated as such by the Bermuda Government.”
The Public Health [Covid-19 Emergency Powers] [Phased Re-Opening] Amendment [No. 3] Regulations 2021 [PDF here]: