Since the lifting of the curfew and extension of opening hours for bars and restaurants, the police have issued two 24-hour closure orders to liquor licensed establishments for “failing to adhere to Covid-19 regulations.”
A police spokesperson said, “Since the lifting of the curfew and extension of opening hours for bars and restaurants, the Bermuda Police Service [BPS], has already had to issue two 24-hour closure orders to liquor licensed establishments for failing to adhere to Covid-19 regulations as they relate to bars and nightclubs.”
Martin Weekes, Assistant Commissioner of Police – Operations, said: “It is not our intention nor our desire to be closing businesses during these already difficult times. However, the government has issued regulations that must be adhered to in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, Covid-19.
“The BPS will continue to work with the owners and operators of bars, nightclubs and restaurants to gain compliance with the stated guidelines.
“As a reminder, indoor/outdoor bars and nightclubs can remain open until midnight, providing table service only, with a maximum of 10 people at a table. Bar service is not currently permitted. Masks must be worn when moving around in Licensed premises and physical distancing must be maintained.”
A spokesperson added, “The public are also reminded that large group gatherings are still limited to 25 persons. For an indoor services or ceremonies in a church or other religious establishment, the number of persons who can gather is limited to 25% capacity of the indoor facility.
“For the number of persons at an outdoor service or ceremony [including weddings and funerals], the number cannot exceed 50 persons.
“The Honourable Renee Ming JP, MP, The Minister of National Security yesterday indicated the Ministry of National Security is not accepting large group applications for funeral wakes, wedding receptions, birthday parties and other such events, at this time.”
Assistant Commissioner Weekes added: “Please remember our Covid Compliance team officers as well as patrol officers will be visiting bars, nightclubs and restaurants as part of efforts to ensure compliance with the Covid-19 guidelines.
“Again, it is neither our intention nor desire to stop you from operating your business, but understand that we have a responsibility to enforce the law and liquor licensed premises found to be in breach of the Covid regulations, run the risk of being shut down under the regulations.”