Shelter in Place Guidelines: Shopping & More

April 5, 2020 | 10 Comments

The Government has released guidelines for the Shelter in Place period, providing information on what businesses can open, delivery, shopping guidelines for the public and more.

The full guidelines are below:

Guidelines for Deliveries, Grocery Stores, Pharmacies and Gas Stations under section 9 [1] and [2]


The Government’s objective is to limit the movement of the general public to prevent the wide spread of the COVID-19 virus in Bermuda. To achieve this, under the Emergency Powers Regulations [COVID-19 Shelter in Place] Regulations 2020, the Government has instituted a curfew.

The following Guidance is being issued to:

i] provide clarity for the public;

ii] achieve the Government’s social distancing objectives and reduce spread of the virus; and

iii] avoid excessive waiting times at permitted businesses.

Opening Hours:

During the curfew, a permitted business may open between the hours of 7.00 am to 7.00 pm only [except for a hospital or other health facility].

Permitted Businesses:

A Permitted Business is a retail grocery store, pharmacy, bank, gas station, office of a registered health practitioner, clinic, hospital or other health facility [including a veterinary surgery].

The owner or operator of a permitted business must ensure that all staff and customers maintain appropriate social distancing [at the premises and during any deliveries].

I. Requirements for Deliveries

Grocery Store & Pharmacy Deliveries:

Grocery store and pharmacy deliveries are permitted using the established delivery methods as communicated to, and authorised by, the Minister of National Security on the website

Authorized Persons:

Deliveries can be performed only by those persons having the express permission of the Minister. Grocery stores and pharmacies should obtain such approval by submitting an application to

Instructions for Delivery Companies:

The delivery protocol is to call the customer on arrival at the home and leave the bags on the customer’s doorsteps to ensure social distancing is maintained.

II. Guidance for Pharmacies

  • Essential visits to pharmacies are permitted.
  • There are no restrictions on the days of the week.

III. Guidance for Grocery Stores, and Gas Stations

  • Grocery stores, and gas station essential visits should be made on specific days of the week according to your surname.
  • Effective Monday 6 April, 2020 for essential visits:

a. Surnames beginning with A through L: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

b. Surnames beginning with M through Z: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

  • Where practical, only one household member should travel for groceries [this must NOT be a person who is subject to a 14 day self-quarantine or who is in isolation]
  • Single parents of young children may take their children with them. Other than this scenario, we strongly discourage children from attending grocery stores, please.
  • Persons must have valid ID [a utility bill can also be presented]. All forms of ID must have your full name so that it can be checked and verified.


  • Only Senior Citizens over 65 years of age and Physically Challenged Citizens should make essential visits on Sundays.
  • Seniors and the physically challenged can also go on any day that corresponds with their last name, but Sunday is set aside for these groups.


All premises are reminded of Section 9 [3] and [4], which states:

“The owner or operator of a permitted business shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that all staff and customers maintain appropriate social distancing [at the premises and during any deliveries], and shall comply with any further directions of the Minister of Health regarding cleaning and sanitisation, as published on the website”

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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. Dunn juice says:

    Please make this your final decision,,unless you want the virus to stick around longer..

  2. David says:

    I think – as a non lawyer – Government really needs to take a breath and a step back, rather than trying to shoehorn the on-the-fly announcements of Friday evening into the Regulations that were clearly signed hours before. The guidelines in the article seek to incorporate restrictions by reference to 9(1) and 9(2)….the first doesn’t give any scope for changing the rules and and the second can only be used to amend delivery regulations. Whilst 9(3) refers to both in store and delivery (in parentheses) it isn’t amendable In by 9(2). At least there was no attempt to include the “nearest store” restriction mentioned in Friday!

    The new guidance also doesn’t meet the requirements to change what is “appropriate social distancing”…..

    To be entirely clear: I support all of the restrictions – but we should get the legal foundation completely solid, otherwise in three, four, five weeks of this there might be unrest and chaos. Knee jerk reactions and seeming to panic will lose the support of our Nation.

  3. Karona says:

    Since Friday is a holiday I wonder if the Premier could relax the alphabet shopping for one day only on Saturday April 11th and let everybody shop to do their last minute Easter shopping no matter what your name is

    • Nope says:

      Nope can’t go along with that as my shopping day on Saturday would be impacted and as my previous day was Thursday before the holiday that’s far too long! So suck it up!

    • Onion says:

      you cant be serious. lets undo everything and get everyone in d stores all at once b4 a big holiday where we all wana get together and cook and party. COME ON. use your COMMON SENSE

  4. lizard says:

    Make your minds up. April 3rd you said that A to K can shop on Mon, Wed & Fridays. Now you are saying A to L can shop on Mon, Wed & Fridays.

    Which is it?

  5. Bring_it says:

    Swear they be changing the rules every 5 minutes without giving us time. So long fundamental rights. Alot of people on this island tend to bow down and surrender, I don’t this…

  6. Birdlegs says:

    Which day do the Ls shop? It appears our Minister of National Security can’t makeup his mind, leaving us Ls in limbo.

  7. Truell Landy says:

    I agree. Has that been clarified yet?

  8. lion says:

    If the CDC is saying anyone over the age of 60 are most at risk then why are people 60-64 put at risk in our grocery stores?

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