Runners Need Vaccination Or Negative Test

May 23, 2021 | 3 Comments

All 2021 Bermuda Day Half Marathon Derby participants need to be either fully vaccinated or possess a negative Covid test within 3 days of the race, the organisers said.

The organisers posted on social media saying, “In keeping with the Bermuda Government’s exemption requirements for the 2021 Bermuda Half Marathon Derby, All 2021 Derby participants need to be either fully vaccinated [ 2 jabs completed] or possess a Negative Covid test within 3 days of race day [i.e., test between Tuesday 25th and Thursday 27th May].

“Testing is available by appointment on Tuesday 25th and Thursday 27th in Dockyard and on Wednesday 26th in St. George’s. Go to: Bermuda Government Covid website: https://bdagovcovid.resqwest.com to schedule a time to be tested.

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“Note: If you have not been vaccinated and do not wish to be tested, you can request a refund or choose to defer your Derby registration to 2022.

“We apologize for the late notice, but please understand this has been an incredibly challenging month for planning this event. All registered participants will be receiving an email shortly with instructions on how to fulfill the exemption requirement. We thank you in advance for your cooperation and continued patience. We look forward to a safe and healthy event with you all!”

The race has been given a Large Group Exemption which stipulates that “Participants of the Bermuda Day Half Marathon Derby must be able to demonstrate that they are fully immunised or have tested negative for the coronavirus at least 3 days before May 28, 2021.”

The full official notice from the Government of the Large Group Exemption is below:

Large Group Exemption Bermuda Day Half Marathon Derby

  • Notice Type: Government Notice
  • Notice Sub Type: Public Notification
  • Notice ID: GN0413/2021
  • Public Authorities / Department: Ministry Level
  • Publication Date: 20 May 2021

Public Health [Covid-19 Emergency Powers] [Phased Re-Opening] Regulations 2021 Large Group Exemption:

Bermuda Day Half Marathon Derby

Whereas the Minister of National Security considers that the proposed Bermuda Day Half Marathon Derby is justifying an exemption from the prohibition in section 5 [1] and [2] of the Public Health [Covid-19 Emergency Powers] [Phased Re-Opening] Regulations 2021 on groups of more than ten persons assembling;

Now, therefore, the Minister grants an exemption under section 5 [5] of those Regulations to Dr Gina Tucker permitting a group of more than 10 persons to assemble Friday, May 28, 2021, between 7:00 am and 8:45 am at King Square, St. George’s Parish with the following conditions:

  • Participants of the Bermuda Day Half Marathon Derby must be able to demonstrate that they are fully immunised or have tested negative for the coronavirus at least 3 days before May 28, 2021. Use of the SafeKey QR code that is issued by the Ministry of Health will denote that persons have been fully immunised or have tested negative for the coronavirus in the past 72 hours.
  • The maximum number of participants is 450.
  • All participants must wear masks until the start of the race unless they are actively warming up. All support staff must wear masks.
  • Participants should avoid contact with other participants which includes, high fives, fist bumps, before or after the race. This will include maintaining physical distancing of six feet before and after the race. [This will not apply if from the same household]
  • Race organisers will use a staggered start for the race and participants will be grouped.
  • Water stations along the race route must be self-serve to minimise contact. Hydration and refuelling products will be left on tables for race participants to collect as they pass by.
  • There will be no post-race prize presentation. Participants are encouraged to collect their belongings and leave immediately after the race.
  • Race organisers are to ensure that they have sufficient race course marshals as determined by the Bermuda Police Service.
  • Adherence to all applicable Covid 19 Health Guidelines as published by the Ministry of Health.
  • The Minister of National Security may at any time modify or revoke a group exemption granted per section 5 [8] [B] of the Public Health [Covid 19 Emergency Powers] [Phased Re-Opening] Regulations 2021.
  • The Bermuda Police Service / Ministry of National Security Official have the right to attend and observe compliance with the conditions as prescribed above.

The Honourable Renee Ming JP MP

Minister of National Security

Date: May 20, 2021

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  1. Vortex says:

    I would have liked to have seen vaccinations are needed, not a negative test.

    Vaccinations are a gateway drug – to a normal life.

  2. Red Pill says:

    Ridiculous! Which goes against the Nuremberg Code.

  3. LOL (original) says:

    Any Idea how many are registered to race?

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