No Access To Parks, Beaches & Railway Trail

April 13, 2021 | 24 Comments

The police are reminding the public that under the Stay At Home Regulations 2021, “persons will not be allowed access to the railway trails, all public parks, all public beaches, all playgrounds, and all golf courses.”

A police spokesperson said, “The public is reminded that under the Covid-19 Emergency Powers Stay At Home Regulations 2021, persons will not be allowed access to the following:

  • The railway trails.
  • All public parks.
  • All public beaches.
  • All playgrounds.
  • All golf courses.

“Members of the public are not allowed to use these areas for recreational purposes or to exercise.

“Persons who fail to comply with these restrictions could be faced with a fine of six thousand dollars for a first offence.

“A second offence could lead to a fine of ten thousand dollars and or three months’ imprisonment.”

Martin Weekes, Assistant Commissioner of Police, said, “The aim is not to arrest people and bring them before the courts, but rather to ensure compliance with the stay at home regulations.

“However, those who choose not to comply can expect to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

The regulations — which can be read in full here – state that golf courses must remain closed and “no person shall access any public beach, park [including the Railway Trail] or playground.”

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  1. Cotton Wool Brigade says:

    What have we come to? A year on, and Government has learned ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!
    Obesity increases the risk of death from COVID 19.
    Exercising is a damn good way to lose weight, and increase cardiovascular health.
    How does it make sense to limit where, when and how one can exercise, when it’s been proven over the last 12 months that being severely overweight INCREASES your likelihood of death from COVID 19?
    Let’s take a sledgehammer to a peanut, shall we?

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      “Obesity increases the risk of death from COVID 19″

      CONTRACTING COVID-19 increases the risk of death from COVID-19.

      Stop blaming the Bermuda Government for a world wide pandemic!

      The Bermuda Government is doing better than most in balancing the needs of society against the needs and rights of the individual

    • Raskarr says:

      You really think a WEEK of limited exercise will make people obese? Absolute stupidity.

  2. Mark says:

    More unscientific stupidity.

  3. H. Jack says:

    I don’t believe the SAH Regulation explicitly states no ACCESS to golf courses, especially non-public.

    Paragraph 14 on Closure of Beaches, Parks and Playgrounds states:

    No person shall access any public beach, park (including the Railway Trail) or
    playground during the curfew.

    While SAHR states golf courses are closed, as in business operations along with other business closures, golf courses are not included in the access restriction.

    • NC says:

      Typically you’re not allowed to access golf courses unless you’re a paying customer, though, and that doesn’t change with SIP. We’re not free to just roam around private property just because it’s closed.

  4. Joke says:

    What a joke. This government is grossly overstepping their authority. Restricting access to parks does nothing to benefit public health.

    • Joe bloggs says:

      “This government is grossly overstepping their authority.”

      Really? How so?

  5. Stop thinking about yourself!! says:

    The government has had to resort to such drastic measures because the healthcare system is close to being inundated. This a direct result of a selfish minority of residents not obeying the rules that are in place to protect everyone. Unless Bermuda can demonstrate it is a safe location to go tourists will not return and many on this island will continue to suffer economically.

    Wearing a mask or staying at home for a few days is a small sacrifice to ensure that everyone remains safe. Even if you might survive Covid you could be responsible for transmitting the disease to someone less fortunate. Those that argue that a few deaths or hospitalizations is a risk worth taking, what if that person were you or a loved one?

  6. Triangle Drifter says:

    If you voted for the PLP this is what you voted for. Suck it up Buttercup.

    • lol says:

      ….and if you also voted obaUBP you can shut up. Your opinions don’t count with 6 seats and never will.

      • sandgrownan says:

        Ah, my opinions don’t count, so effectively I get no representation?

        Can I stop paying my taxes to support the bloated, overpaid, underworked civil service that we don’t need, don’t want and cannot afford?

        I appreciate you are frustrated that we constantly point out that your choice, and many others choice, to repeatedly vote PLP over the last 20 years has resulted in Bermuda now circling the drain, but at least admit this is what you wanted.

        • Loquat tree says:

          You do realize that much of the civil service are essential workers keeping you safe and providing: lessons for children studying remotely, covid testing, vaccinations, health services, public health, police/security, covid guidance info. and enforcement, water and waste services, ferries, garbage collection and disposal and ensuring permitted and essential businesses can run, don’t you?
          Stop bashing ‘civil servants’ on every post!
          It’s showing you are ignorant of how the island is kept running. Many civil ‘servants’ are working horrendous hours (with no overtime rate currently!). Insults we do not need!

    • trufth says:

      Good point. There better not be any PLP voters on these blogs complaining.
      This is what you wanted, this is what you got.

  7. sandgrownan says:

    This biggest public health issues in Bermuda are obesity, heart disease and the resultant diabetes. We are, in short, a nation of fat unhealthy f*cks.

    The ONE thing we all need is exercise, and places to exercise.

  8. Arthur Raynor says:

    Closing the Parks Is Ineffective Pandemic Theater
    Two news articles that state closing parks is a waste of time in pandemic prevention. One article is from London.
    Closing the Parks Is Ineffective Pandemic Theatre
    https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/04/closing-parks-ineffective-pandemic-theater/609580/

    Another good news story from last year.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/04/13/keep-parks-open-benefits-fresh-air-outweigh-risks-infection/

  9. TS says:

    What is you live on the Railway Trail?

    Can’t you only walk within 1km of your home, what about the people where the Railway Trail is their only option?

  10. James says:

    Where is the logic in this? Forcing people to walk/run on the road instead of the railway trail makes no sense whatsoever. It is more dangerous to walk on the road (especially with dog or child) – if we are ‘permitted’ to walk for 1 hour a day then surely it makes sense to be able to do it on a proper trail?

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      Cars and bikes are not supposed to be on the road except for necessary trips to the grocery store or chemist or gas station. The roads should not be dangerous.

      And if people were allowed to walk in secluded places like the railway trial, groups would gather away from the eyes of the authorities and the lockdown would not work.

      • Toodle-oo says:

        * The roads should not be dangerous. *

        “should’ being the operative road.
        I rode to the grocery store yesterday and went for a one mile ride today and the usual suspects were just as out of control as ever.
        They know that with slightly less traffic on the roads and no police around they can get away with even more than usual.
        So even though the roads ‘should’ be safer they aren’t.

      • Mark says:

        Stay at the head of the Kool Aid line Joe.

      • Question says:

        Yesterday afternoon a car drove by me on South Shore doing at least 80k. The roads are no less potentially lethal now than normal.

  11. Vaccinated says:

    Sure wish I had friends in high places,or in govt

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