Curfew Takes Effect At 8.00pm This Evening

March 29, 2020 | 11 Comments

[Updated] The curfew order takes effect this evening [Sunday, March 29] from 8pm – 6am and is set for three days, with the Government planning to “review matters every three days as the situation requires.”

Yesterday the Minister of National Security Wayne Caines explained, “For the avoidance of doubt, a ‘highway’ is defined as any public road, street, lane, alley, wharf or any public place in Bermuda. The curfew will be imposed for three days.

“We will review matters every three days as the situation requires. However again, we are stressing that during non-curfew hours, people are encouraged to stay at home except to purchase essentials or for medical emergencies.”

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The Minister added that Police and Regiment personnel will be deployed and “there will be a combination of static Roadside Community Advisory points at key junctions across the island and roving patrols.”

“Drivers and persons using the highways will be stopped and advised to return immediately to their homes. Persons who have written permission of a Police Officer of the rank of Chief Inspector or above will be allowed to proceed. Persons who fall into the professional categories listed in the orders will also be allowed to proceed.

“Any persons who are found to be contravening the Curfew will be arrested and on conviction will be fined $2,880 or imprisoned for 6 months or both.”

Those exempt from the curfew include

  • Police and Reserve Police Officers;
  • Bermuda Fire & Rescue
  • Royal Bermuda Regiment
  • Department of Customs
  • Department of Immigration
  • Corrections Officers
  • Premier, Cabinet Ministers
  • Cabinet Secretary, Public Service Head, and Permanent Secretaries
  • Deputy Governor and Government House staff
  • Judges of the Supreme Court, Magistrates and Court Associates
  • US Consul General and Staff and Aall Honorary Consul;
  • Registered medical practitioner, registered nurses, ambulance drivers and crew
  • Medical practitioner employed with the BHB
  • Licensed security officers, Stevedoring services and dock workers
  • Department of Child and Family Services
  • Staff of BELCO, Digicel, One Communications
  • Members of the press

“Persons with exemptions who are in public must have a copy of Valid Driving License and or Valid Employment ID,” Minister Caines said.

“Those persons listed in the above mentioned are exempt. Any other individual not included in the exempted listing will be required to submit a request to the Bermuda Police Service, who will vet and approve or deny the request. The online form can be found on the Government website.

“In the case an emergency please e-mail,” the Minister said.

“As the public can appreciate, these measures are being taken to reduce the movement of people around the Island so that we, have the best possible opportunity to reduce the risk of community transmission of this virus.”

Update: The ‘Summary Offences [Curfew] Order 2020′ from Government House is below [PDF here]

Governor order March 29 2020 curfew

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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. Boston Whaler Owner says:

    who comes up with these Fine figures…FFS just make them round numbers,#$3000 sounds and looks more frightning.

  2. Jamar says:

    The most pointless curfew imaginable. Everything is closed.

    We should be on curfew all day, every day. People still don’t get it.

    • Hope says:

      My guess is that this is a trial. If the Govt are able to enforce it successfully then it’ll be extended to daylight hours too.

  3. Restless dog says:

    So are we allowed to exercise our dogs during non-curfew hours .

    • Kathy says:

      Exercising dogs is an excuse to be out and about. Take your dog down to the garden to do his business and back home. You should be staying home, the virus is in Bermuda and the threat to everyone is REAL.

      Just imagine, if everyone stays home and they are able to isolate and quash the virus in Bermuda, THEN EVERYONE can move about freely day and night, go to restaurants, bars, work, school. Isn’t that the objective? If everyone gets on board, we will get there sooner rather than later.

  4. puzzled says:

    And where will all these arrest-ees be placed.
    Whom will feed and process.
    Where will the court be located and who will decide fate.

    Morons the lot.

    How many police cars will be sanitized and de.

  5. Just Saying says:

    I think this curfew thing makes no sense… those hours ppl are getting ready for bed or some already in bed. If the government wants to put a curfew they should have done day hours cause most ppl go out during the day thats when the virus can spread more cause ppl go out..if you want to stop the virus from spreading do a curfew at day would less likely spread during the night cause not much ppl out compared to being out during day..i just think its stupid. They doing it backwards

  6. this curfew is doing nfn to make us safer

  7. Charlly X says:

    Well something had to be Done ! If you can’t listen you have to feel. If you decide not to use common Sense then these extremes can be used upon you. Governments have out dated oppressive laws in existence being practiced .Banks and businesses nickle and dime us … But health n Safety is a problem????
    Priorities in Check !! Wake Up!!

  8. Daniel says:

    Bigger issue than people sneaking out during curfew is the pack of morons who should have self quarantined, but did not! Have THEY been arrested and sent to a quarantine location? Of course quarantine at night is VERY important, but won’t mean anything, if those “non-compliant self quarantine people” are allowed to roam around at any time, until they have been cleared of having the virus. Please arrest them and fine them- as they may have already started community spread, and only cared about themselves in the first place.

  9. Long Bay Trading says:

    come on people. PRESS the PAUSE button and stay put!

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