Changes To Quarantine Policy Now In Effect

August 23, 2021 | 1 Comment

Changes to the quarantine policy for unvaccinated people arriving in Bermuda that allow them to do a portion of their 14-day quarantine at home took effect today [Aug 23].

Speaking at a press conference held on August 12, Premier David Burt said, “Thanks to our progress in having nearly 75% of the eligible population vaccinated and increasing the protection within our community, we can now begin to make revisions to how supervised quarantine works for unvaccinated persons who come through our borders, allowing a portion of their 14-day quarantine to be completed at home – with strict restrictions.

“Effective from Monday, 23rd August, supervised quarantine will operate as follows: Unvaccinated travellers with a valid pre-arrival test will still be required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Bermuda. They will quarantine for their first days at a designated hotel facility.

“Following the receipt of a negative day 4 test, they will then be allowed to complete the final days of their quarantine at home, fitted with an electronic monitoring device. Those persons will test on days 4 and 14.

“Additionally, if the traveller in question who is allowed to quarantine at home following a negative day 4 test does not live alone, all other members of that household will be required to quarantine as well and must test out of quarantine on day 14.

“Unvaccinated travellers without a valid pre-arrival test will be required to quarantine for 14 days. They will spend the first portion of quarantine in a designated hotel facility.

“Following receipt of a negative Day 8 test, they will be allowed to complete the final days of quarantine at home fitted with an electronic monitoring device. These persons will test on days 8 and 14.

“If they do not live alone, all other members of the household will be required to quarantine as well, and all members of the household must test out of quarantine on day 14.

“These changes will take effect on August 23 and are being made due to the incredible progress that the country has made in its vaccination programme. These changes are not required, but by looking at what we are seeing, we believe that these changes and adjustments can be made.”

Bernews checked with the Government to confirm that the changes did take effect today, and they confirmed they have.

The full Quarantine [COVID-19] [No. 3] Amendment [No. 4] Order 2021 follow below [PDF here]:

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

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  1. Joe Bloggs says:

    “Thanks to our progress in having nearly 75% of the eligible population vaccinated and increasing the protection within our community, we can now begin to make revisions to how supervised quarantine works for unvaccinated persons who come through our borders, allowing a portion of their 14-day quarantine to be completed at home”

    That may be what is reported, but what I heard is:

    “We can now bow to public pressure and begin to make revisions to how supervised quarantine works …”

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