Most Local Restrictions Ended At 5am Today

June 20, 2021

Most local Covid-19 restrictions ended at 5.00am today [June 20], with only rules regarding mask wearing in indoor public places and restrictions on large groups to remain in place.

Speaking at Tuesday’s [June 15] press conference, Premier David Burt said, “All local restrictions, with the exception of two rules regarding mask wearing in indoor public places and restrictions on large groups, will come to an end on Sunday, June 20 at 5.00am.”

“In short, you can sit more than ten to a table in a restaurant, you can stay out past midnight, and there will not be any restrictions on activities on land and on the water. And, in most circumstances, you will not require a mask outdoors any more.

“It is important for everyone to note that we are not claiming an end to the pandemic. The Government is able to confidently end restrictions due our success in reducing local transmission, increasing vaccinations, and by implementing strict controls at our borders to protect our island from dangerous variants. We can open up our island because we will protect our borders.”

Minister of Health Kim Wilson previously said, “I am pleased to announce that we can now end most public health restrictions due to our significant progress in controlling the virus as reflected in our updated country status.

“However, the following restrictions will remain: a maximum of 100 people for large group gatherings and the wearing masks indoors [particularly when not eating or drinking].

“What does this mean for gyms, for example? Gym owners will no longer need to space their equipment. However, when not working out, staff and patrons must wear a mask. To be blunt: we don’t know who is and who isn’t vaccinated, and now is not the time to end our vigilance completely. We have come too far and worked too hard for the success we’ve achieved. The entire Bermuda community deserves relaxations but within this reasonable limit: wear a mask indoors.”

The Minister also confirmed that as far as incoming travelers, “As of June 20 2021, all non-immunised persons travelling to Bermuda are subject to mandatory quarantine. Mandatory quarantine means those hotel and guest house properties that have been designated as such by the Bermuda Government.”

The Public Health [Covid-19 Emergency Powers] [Phased Re-Opening] Amendment [No. 3] Regulations 2021 [PDF here]:

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You can find more information on the links below and also on our dedicated website, which is the most comprehensive resource and historic record available of Bermuda’s handling of the pandemic.

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  1. Fred says:

    No masks in USA at all, we know better than the CDC?
    Not vaccinated? your problem, not mine.
    Fully open up, no more masks.

    • aaron says:

      Federal and SOME state governments say NO MASK.. even in them states.. a store.. restaurant..etc can still say MANDATORY mask for entry. here you only need a mask when inside.. its not that bad

  2. Average Bermudian says:

    Great Job- so far

    Government has managed to keep the most of us Safe

    • Question says:

      The UK should get the credit for our testing supplies and our vaccines.

  3. Vaccinated says:

    Stupidity starts at noon

  4. frustrated says:

    How on earth can Gov not know who is and who isn’t vaccinated? Don’t they keep records? I have a piece of card here in the UK to say what vaccines I’ve had and when they were. Not rocket science.

  5. Ringmaster says:

    Took a short trip this afternoon in the Shelly Bay area, and it seems there is a percentage of the population who must think that includes speed limits. It was worse than usual. Maybe now there is no curfew the police can be out during the day to reclaim the roads.

    • Toodle-oo says:

      It was already seriously bad pre March 2020 , since then it’s gotten worse in leaps and bounds.
      The people who were totally lawless before are setting records now for dangerous antics and I believe that many others are seeing them get away with it so they too start their own stupidity.
      I can’t believe that anyone trying to use the roads for walking/running/pedal cycling is getting any enjoyment out of it at all . And the sane people who have nothing but 2 wheels are taking their life into their own hands every time they venture out.

  6. Eyeswideopen says:

    In accordance with our peers in the US, why don’t we go all out and chuck the masks as in Florida (think this state is bigger than our island) or as our peers do in the UK whose experts continue to further control liberties by mandating dubious protection. There’s a fine line between national health protection & discriminatory control. Glad to see some pushback from the people against such flagrant community abuse. Pros are important(not to be discarded) but so are Cons (not to be discharged as conspiracy theories). Let’s all have a ‘summer of love’ we are told (sic). Total power corrupts totally.

  7. Joe Bloggs says:

    “we don’t know who is and who isn’t vaccinated, and now is not the time to end our vigilance completely”

    And as our Premier has shown us, even a fully vaccinated person can acquire COVID-19, be asymptomatic and still be a carrier … he can infect others.

    Being fully vaccinated is not a panacea