Dunkley: Govt Should Review Mandatory Policy

June 16, 2021 | 8 Comments

Michael Dunkley generic 2019 fdwefq thumbThe “Government needs to review” the mandatory quarantine for non-vaccinated travelers policy and “put in place a system where travelers can quarantine from home,” OBA MP Michael Dunkley said today.

Mr Dunkley said, “It is a relief for everyone to have almost all Covid restrictions relaxed this coming Sunday as patience with the restrictions and lockdowns has worn out.

“Additionally, many have lost faith and patience with the recent handling of the pandemic by the PLP Government due to poor communication, double standards and questionable restrictions.

“The mandatory quarantine for non vaccinated travelers at a government approved facility where the traveler has to pay for their stay is the latest pandemic policy that is drawing great angst in the community.

“The OBA has been very supportive of sound Government policy throughout Covid, but this is one that we do not support.

“While Premier Burt has attempted to defend this policy by saying the risk is too great to allow them to quarantine at home the OBA contends that the PLP is out of touch with the people we serve.

“With proper safeguards in place, including monitoring and reporting, and tough penalties for those who violate the quarantine, we believe it can be safely done. The PLP Government has had ample time to put this in place, especially since they have pushed back the start date by weeks!

“Living on a small island travel is necessary and not a luxury. The PLP has simply disregarded the fact that many Bermudians can not afford the significant expense of quarantine after travel. Why should they be further burdened by this PLP policy?

“The PLP has also overlooked the fact that the vast majority of Bermudians have been vigilant about following the numerous Covid restrictions and lockdowns. Why should they be further burdened by this policy?

“It is clear throughout the pandemic that the PLP has failed to a large extent to hold those who break Covid rules accountable. Why should law abiding Bermudians be further burdened by a government that talks tough but can’t back up that talk?

“The Government needs to review this policy, push the commencement date back if need be, and put in place a system where travelers can quarantine from home,” Mr Dunkley added.

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  1. Royal says:

    Thank you Michael Dunkley for that one. Allow people to quarantine at home. Especially senior citizens who live at home alone.

  2. Joe Bloggs says:

    Some jurisdictions even quarantine fully immunized travelers.

    As our Premier has shown us, even a fully immunized person can acquire COVID-19 and be a carrier.

  3. Otrwele says:

    Well well well. Where have you been for 2 months while the PLP have been forcing their draconian policies on the people??

  4. Paul says:

    Yes,where the hell is the so called opposition ?this so called labor party is not for the people,the things they have shoved down our throats is unforgivable..
    we are In need of a new party that cares about Bermuda , these elected members of the PLP COULD CARE LESS ABOUT US ………

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      The PLP has not been a labour party for nearly 20 years. It is the power party … it wants to keep its power at any cost

  5. BDA411 says:

    Well said !

    Bermuda quarantine is outrageous. Funny how the government and the parties that setup the online booking portal get commission $$

    Look at Cayman how many options they have.

    https://www.exploregov.ky/faqs/covid-19-quarantine-info

    • Loquat tree says:

      The Cayman page link shows how much more stringent the Cayman restrictions are!
      Yes there is an option for residents to quarantine at home, with a pre-inspection of the premises and a tracking bracelet for them and anyone else residing there. All foods and meds must be delivered in a contact free manner, no visitors to the property, if you have a pool you cannot use it, and so on…..

      Which service here would do all the monitoring-the regiment? Don’t forget Cayman is in a far better financial situation than we are.

  6. iyiyi says:

    Maybe if we had a viable opposition , then things could be different !

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