Large Group Exemption Notice For Cup Match

July 5, 2021

Today’s official notices include a ‘Large Group Exemption’ for Cup Match which allows a “gathering of 4,000 to assemble” at the St. George’s Cricket Club on July 29th and 30th subject to the standard large group conditions which include “the use of SafeKey is required for all attendees at any gathering of 51 persons or more”, “sanitizing stations must be available,” “contact tracing details must be collected from all attendees,” and more.

The relevant official Government notice follow below:

Large Group Exemption: St. George’s Cricket Club

  • Notice Type: Government Notice
  • Notice Sub Type: Public Notification
  • Notice ID: GN0581/2021
  • Public Authorities / Department: Ministry Level
  • Publication Date: 05 July 2021

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

Whereas the Minister of Youth, Culture and Sport considers that of the St. George’s Cricket Club is justifying an exemption from the prohibition in regulation 5[5] of the Public Health [Covid-19 Emergency Powers] [Phased Re-opening] Regulations 2021 on groups of more than 50 persons assembling;

Now therefore, the Minister grants an exemption under regulation 5[5] of those Regulations to Romeo Ruddock, of the St. George’s Cricket Club, permitting a gathering of 4,000 to assemble for the purposes of Cup Match Classic 2021 at the St. George’s Cricket Club on 29th and 30th July 2021 between 10am and 10pm each day, subject to the agreed protocols and conditions provided in the Letter of no Objection, and the standard large group conditions below:

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:
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • 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 4,000 persons assembled at the 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

3rd July 2021

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  1. Question says:

    In that case there should be no restrictions on large groups whatsoever.

    • sandgrownan says:


      Way to go to get a large % of the unvaccinated together at a super spreader event. Darwinism at it’s best!

  2. Bermudians Need To Boycott All Safe Key Events and Demand No Further Restrictions at All Because We are Not in a state of Emergency!!!

  3. In Mark's Opinion says:

    Massive mind game. I’m waiting for the common sense variant to spread Island wide. When are people going to wake up

  4. Fisherman says:

    That is not Cup Match, that is more like detention or prisoner of war camp. Nope, I can stand in a line of two, me and myself cuz I went fishing.

  5. Warrior says:

    Oh Lawd, wotz cunny going to be like.

  6. wahoo says:

    Hot and humid petri dish is what that is gonna be.

  7. aceboy says:

    Does Government have any clue as to how ridiculous a 4,000 person exemption is?

    So no COVID as long as you get permission? This is a complete farce and shows that it has been a farce from the get go.

  8. Warrior says:

    That,s not Cup Match, that is herding, branding and monitoring. Much like a detention camp or prison… Best open Gates at 6am to avoid confusion and other.
    Can you imagine Cunny up Bay with this nonsense, or even down at Lord’s….

    New cases, variants, anything else(?) maybe there shouldn’t be any games.

  9. Warrior says:

    So concerned about variant being on Island, why still allowing 4000 persons to attend, sitting less than 6ft apart from each other. County on 17th, spots are 10 by 10..where is social distancing there. This whole balls up needs to be looked at again. Waiting for ECCA to reveal their madness thanks to Mr. Peets.