Stricter Regulations For Sports, Now At Stage 1

March 29, 2021

In “light of the new restrictions to curb the current outbreak,” sports is moving to Stage 1 of the Return to Play Guidance effective immediately, which allows for “only non-competitive training,” with guidelines including groups of 10, no contact, 6 feet apart and no fans.

A Government spokesperson said, “The Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sport announced today that in light of the new restrictions to curb the current outbreak, Organised Sports is moving to Stage 1 of the Return to Play Guidance. This is effective immediately.

“As a note, the Ministry confirmed that the National Sports Governing Bodies [NSGBs] have been advised that sports is moving to Stage 1.

“Stage 1 applies only to outdoor sports as gyms and all indoor recreational facilities are closed under the public health emergency measures.

“Stage 1 allows only non-competitive training for exercise and technical development. Guidelines include:

  • Individual activities
  • Groups of 10
  • No contact
  • 6 feet apart
  • No fans

“While Stage 1 activities are permitted, any activity that causes the mixing of households needs to be avoided.

“Persons who can find alternative outlets for physical activity are encouraged to favour individual exercise and avoid contact with non-household members, as recommended by the Minsiter of Health.”

The Minister of Youth, Culture and Sport Dr. Ernest Peets said, “It is heartbreaking to find ourselves here again, forced to adjust one of the very things that bring us mental and physical wellbeing during such trying times. However, I ask that we all cooperate and follow the advice not to mix households, as that is powering this current outbreak.

“We are a resilient people and we can get through this. Sport is a vital part of Bermuda’s soul and I know we can find alternatives until this outbreak is under control. Help stop the spread and avoid being in close contact others outside your household bubble.”

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  1. Hmm says:

    Are people actually getting sick? I know there are cases but is anyone severely ill? The government can only make these rules/laws if there is a public health threat. Is there one? I mean more of a threat than seasonal flu. Just not seeing it, but we are also not being given any information whatsoever.

    • Sandgrownan says:

      No, that’s kind of the point. As far as we can tell, no one is getting sick.

  2. Concerned bermudian says:

    So quick question… ain’t this sailing event coming to the island a sport? With these new sporting restrictions what does it mean for that? Asking for a fellow bermudian

  3. In Mark's Opinion says:

    Something is terribly wrong with the world we live in and the people leading it. People have more of a chance of dying driving to get tested than from having a positive PCR test result.