Covid-19: ‘Points Deployed At Key Locations’

March 23, 2020

In an effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19, there will be ‘Community Advisory Points’ deployed at key locations across the island, and drivers will be stopped and occupants of the vehicle will checked against a list of those who have been issued restrictions by the Health Department.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Martin Weekes said, “The Public Health [COVID-19] Regulations 2020 [PDF] give powers to put in place restrictions and requirements on all travelers who have been placed on isolation and/or active monitoring.

“To that end, the Bermuda Police Service [BPS], will be working with their colleagues in the Royal Bermuda Regiment [RBR], on methods to enforce these regulations, as we seek to suppress the transfer of the COVID-19 virus through the control of unnecessary social movement and influencing of social distancing.

The Premier speaking last night saying the Police and Regiment will be enforcing the self-quarantine 

“This is also in keeping with the requirements of the Quarantine Act to mitigate the risk presented by individuals / groups.

“As such, Officers from departments across the BPS, will be deployed in conjunction with RBR personnel.

“There will be seven initial static Community Advisory Points deployed at key locations across the island. Drivers will be stopped and they, along with any occupants of their vehicle, checked against a list of those who have been issued restrictions by the Health Dept.

“Any persons who appear on the list and have no valid reason for being on the road, will be instructed to return to their residence and to follow the requirements that have been issued to them by the Health Department. Their names will be taken and communicated to the Health Department for further actions to be taken.

“We wish to make it clear, powers to detain under the Quarantine Act 2017, will be considered where appropriate.

“We urge you to please follow the guidelines as set out by the Department of Health and avoid any unnecessary movement as we all work together, to flatten the curve.”

Note: Per an update from the police, the article was amended at 2.23pm.

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As the island and world deals with the Covid-19 pandemic, we are doing our best to provide timely and accurate information, and you can find more information on the links below.

Officials are urging everyone to please follow all guidance like washing your hands, adhering to self quarantine if relevant, and practicing social distancing, and they have asked that if it is not urgent, a necessity or work, to please stay home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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  1. sage says:

    Fit them with ankle monitors. On a serious note the Asians are tracking people using cell phones or a bracelet.

  2. Question says:

    So now I have to risk catching it from police officers.

  3. Hey says:

    have the politicians been tested ?

  4. Raj ramanan says:

    I agree that Singapore is using their cell phone number to gps tracker

  5. Jack Archer says:

    Has to be done but does this clash with freedom of movement stipulations in the constitution unless people are forewarned?

    • sage says:

      The constitution has clauses which render rights null and void during war or a pandemic like this.

  6. Steven says:

    What about family members living in the same houses as the ones that are quarantine, why are they allowed to go out into the public/ work?

  7. Ggg says:

    I hope they get people with warrants aswell

  8. Imjustsaying says:

    Yes big brother has found another way to track you.

  9. I'm just saying says:

    Doing what they do best stand by the road side and pull you over.

  10. Point boy says:

    If there checking peoples drivers licence, I hope they have a lot of sanitizer.

  11. DeOnion says:

    Hang on – we have their names and addresses, just go to their homes. Surely this just puts the police at risk? Do they have protective gear, like masks?