Large Group Exemption: Carnival Bacchanal Run

July 15, 2021 | 8 Comments

Yesterday’s [July 14] official notices included a ‘Large Group Exemption’ for the Bands [Party People Ent, Nova Mas Intl, Code Red BDA] to hold the ‘Carnival Bacchanal Run’ and music truck procession on Dutton Avenue and Marsh Folly Road on July 30th and 31st subject to the standard large group conditions.

The relevant official Government notice follow below:

Amendement To GNO646/2021 Large Group Exemption Carnival Bacchanal Run

  • Notice Type: Government Notice
  • Notice Sub Type: Public Notification
  • Notice ID: GN0649/2021
  • Public Authorities / Department: Ministry Level
  • Publication date: 14 July 2021

Public Health [Covid-19 Emergency Powers]

[Phased Re-Opening] Regulations 2021

Amended Large Group Exemption

Whereas the Minister of Youth, Culture and Sport considers that The Bands [Party People Ent, Nova Mas Intl, Code Red Bda] are justifying an exemption from the prohibition in regulation 5[5] of the Public Health [Covid-19 Emergency Powers] [No. 3Phased Re-opening] Regulations 2021 on groups of more than 100 persons assembling;

Now therefore, the Minister grants an exemption under regulation 5[5] of those Regulations to The Bands [Party People Ent, Nova Mas Intl, Code Red Bda] Keidric Smith of 4 Heydon Gardens, Sandys, permitting:

a gathering of 500 persons to assemble for the purposes of Carnival – Bacchanal Run at Bernards Park and music truck procession on Dutton Avenue and Marsh Folly Road on Friday 30th July, 2021 from 3 a.m. – 9 a.m.;

a gathering of 500 persons to assemble for the purposes of Carnival – Bacchanal Run at Bernards Park and music truck procession on Dutton Avenue and Marsh Folly Road on Saturday, 31st July 2021 from 3am – 9 am;

a gathering of 500 persons to assemble for the purposes of Carnival – Bacchanal Run at Bernards Park and music truck procession on Dutton Avenue and Marsh Folly Road on Saturday, 31st July 2021 from 5pm– 11 pm.

subject to the standard large group conditions below and the specific condition[s]:

SafeKey must be used with all attendees.

Masks required for all event staff, security staff and patrons. Removal of masks and facial coverings only allowed while actively eating or drinking.

Two [2] Music Trucks required to reduce numbers of people following behind.

All patrons required to wear wrist bands throughout each event. Four [4] Road Blocks to be used to ensure traffic is diverted away from the music procession. Marshalls to be placed at each road block to deter spectators from entering the run/music procession.

Event staff/Marshalls to be deployed in the midst of the music procession to monitor, deter and remove anyone without a wrist band.

Bernards Park to be rented to ensure no other use is occurring.

Ten [10] Marshalls required.

Standard Large Group Conditions:

The number of attendees at any event cannot exceed 50% of the normal capacity at any indoor or outdoor setting. ‘Attendees’ include hosts, organizers, staff, volunteers, players, coaches, officials, spectators and vendors.

The use of SafeKey is required for all attendees at any gathering of 51 persons or more.

Masks must be worn indoors and outdoors by staff and patrons if 6 foot distancing cannot be maintained, unless eating or drinking, or with members of one household or during physical exertion, per Public Health Guidelines at: www.gov.bm/mask-guidance

Contact tracing details must be collected from all attendees including full name, date and time of visit, phone and email in case there is a positive case in attendance.

Signage must be available throughout indoor and outdoor settings encouraging physical distancing and indoor mask wearing.

Marshalls must be deployed at the rate of 1 Marshall per 50 attendees, in particular at the entrance, bathrooms, food and drink vending, and narrow and enclosed areas to enforce 6 foot distancing, hand hygiene and mask wearing. Marshalls can include staff, volunteers and security.

Sanitizing stations must be available at the entrance of any indoor setting and on tables and bar counters.

Lines for food, drinks and bathrooms must be marked to ensure 6 feet a distance between each person waiting in line.

Staff should complete the online Infection Prevention Control training available at: www.gov.bm/infection-prevention-and-control-training

Food and beverage vendors must comply with Environmental Health licensing and food hygiene regulations and requirements.

Employees must be screened for signs/symptoms of Covid-19 at the start of their shift. Sick employees must be directed to stay home or immediately go home if they feel or appear sick.

Adhere to cleaning and disinfecting Public Health guidelines at: https://www.gov.bm/covid-19-guidance-events-and-gatherings

WeHealth is strongly encouraged as it will help contain an outbreak in case of a positive case at any event whether above or below 100 participants.

A copy of this “Letter of no objection” for the Large Group gathering and the conditions must be posted at the entrance and clearly visible and kept on file to be made available upon request

The Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sport reserves the right to withdraw the permission to have 500 persons assembled at each event without notice or cost to the Bermuda Government subject to the status of Covid-19 in the local community.

The Bermuda Police Service and Officials from the Ministries of National Security, Health and Youth, Culture and Sport have right to attend and observe compliance of the conditions as prescribed above.

Dr. The Honourable Ernest G. Peets, JP

Minister of Youth, Culture and Sport

14 July 2021

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  1. Ringmaster says:

    These exemptions are getting more and more ridiculous. How on earth do you limit the number to 500 in open public areas and get contact details on everyone? Sure the roads are blocked and marshals posted. Really? Who has the responsibility of counting people in and out to keep the number below 500 and who is checking? It is bureaucracy at its worst and unenforceable so why bother? No wonder restrictions are being challenged, or ignored.

    • bermuda tiger says:

      this event is in no way important it will only be the cause of more covid cases.

      • CHRIS says:

        THis event has nothing to do with Bermuda. It brings in no tourist dollars.

  2. Warrior says:

    Definitely Premier is not watching overseas news where numbers are increasing daily and sadly more deaths. Government has missed the train completely on this one.

  3. bermuda tiger says:

    how are they going to do contact tracing for 500 mostly drunk people

  4. Red eyes says:

    This was so loud last night, from 3am to 9am my walls were shaking and I didn’t get a wink of sleep! Thanks a lot. I will object very loudly next year to this event. It needs to be in Dockyard or Clearwater, not in the middle of tons of people trying to sleep!

    • Elizabeth says:

      What minister gave permission for Buchananl run I think they should have it in their back yard it kept me up people had to go work

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