Document: Covid-19 Shelter In Place Regulations

April 3, 2020

The Emergency Powers [COVID-19 Shelter in Place] Regulations 2020 have been posted online, with the regulations stating that “except as permitted by these Regulations, no person shall leave his home at any time of the day or night from 6am on 4 April 2020 until these Regulations cease to have effect.”

The document states, “A person may leave his home during the curfew for the following purposes only, and provided appropriate social distancing is maintained at all times.

  • Essential visits to a permitted business, during the hours of 7am to 7pm only
  • Essential medical appointments, during the hours of 7am to 7pm only [except for an emergency situation or scheduled appointment outside that period]
  • For a walk or run, alone or with one other member of the same household, for a maximum period of sixty minutes per day during the hours of 7am to 7pm only, remaining at all times within a distance of one kilometre [half a mile] from his home;
  • To assist elderly or vulnerable relatives or neighbours, during the hours of 7am to 7pm only [except for an emergency situation]

“For the avoidance of doubt, a minor child of parents who do not live together shall remain at the home where the child is living on commencement until these Regulations cease to have effect.

“Persons listed in Schedules 1 and 2 are exempt from the curfew, but only when on official business, working or travelling to and from work, and all such persons shall carry identification at all times and show to an enforcement officer on request.”

Some other extracts from the regulations:

  • “During the curfew, a permitted business may open between the hours of 7am to 7pm only [except for a hospital or other health facility].
  • “A permitted business which is a retail grocery store or pharmacy may make deliveries to customers between the hours of 7am to 7pm, subject to compliance with directions published by the Minister of National Security on the website coronavirus.
  • “During the curfew no person shall visit any other person’s home or allow any person to visit his home, except as provided by regulation 3(2)(d);
  • “No person shall operate a boat or jetski for any recreational purpose during the curfew, except for an emergency situation.
  • “Graveside funerals are permitted with a maximum of ten mourners, plus the officiant and funeral home staff, provided appropriate social distancing is maintained at all times
  • “During the curfew—no person shall visit any other person’s home or allow any person to visit his home, except as provided by regulation 3
  • “No person shall access any public beach, park [including the Railway Trail] or playground during the curfew
  • “A person who fails to comply with any of these Regulations commits an offence and may be arrested without warrant, and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $10,000 or a term of imprisonment of six months, or both

The text above only represents a small portion of the 9-page document and for a full understanding, it is advised you read it in full, and also check the official Government website to see if any changes are made, as this is a continuously evolving situation.

In addition to these official regulations, Minister of National Security Wayne Caines announced this evening that grocery stores, pharmacy and gas station visits will be done on specific days according to your surname, which apparently does not start until Monday – the actual Shelter in Place order starts at 6am on Saturday.

The full Emergency Powers Regulations 2020 follows below [PDF here]:

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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. In Mark's Opinion says:

    What in the world is really going on.All this is destroying the world as we know it.

  2. Rick says:

    The pdf is incomplete. There are only 9pages.

  3. Dave Jones says:

    I understand the need to be strict, but close the railway trail? We are to walk on the road?

  4. Ringmaster says:

    The Stay at Home Order applies 7am to 7pm so presumably the curfew time has changed from 8pm to 6am to 7pm to 7am? That should be highlighted to avoid misunderstandings.

  5. Lockdown says:

    Does anyone know how the public is supposed to understand the difference between the law passed and the other advice being given in press conferences?

    For example the shopping days by last name aren’t mentioned here