Minister Peets: ‘Protocols Will Be Tightened’

September 15, 2021 | 24 Comments

The Minister of Youth, Culture and Sport, Dr. Ernest Peets announced today that “given the increasing cases of coronavirus that Bermuda is currently experiencing, over the next four weeks protocols for sports and large groups will be tightened. This is effective immediately.”

Minister Peets said, “While we appreciate the importance of sport to our community and its health benefits for the population, at this time group activities need to be discouraged. Therefore a decision has been made to roll back sport to Stage 1 of the Return to Sport Guidance.

“Stage 1 allows for:

  • The maximum group size permitted
  • No contact
  • No fans; and
  • Physical distancing requirements

“Additionally, it is highly recommended that no group training take place at all for the next two weeks.”

In addition to sports activities, Minister Peets also addressed the approval of large group gatherings, saying: “We understand the social, cultural, psychological and economic benefit of such events, however, given the country’s current Coronavirus concerns, the Ministry will be applying more strict criteria in considering events. This is to ensure that risk can be minimized while allowing events of material cultural and economic significance to take place safely.”

Minister Peets continued, “So, effective immediately, indoor events will not be supported and the need for large gatherings to occur will be assessed with increased scrutiny.

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“While the new criteria will not be retroactive in their entirety, we will be reviewing all previously approved events within the next month to consider any risks and mitigations necessary, and contacting any organizers affected. Curtailing sports attendance and training protocols and reducing the number of large group exemptions are measures that will help contain the current outbreak, so it is necessary to assist in reversing the trend.

“Lastly, I want to stress that it brings us absolutely no joy at all to place further limits on the activities we can engage in. However we must ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of all. We are currently experiencing a significant community spread of the Delta variant, and as the Government we must do all that we can to protect lives and protect our healthcare resources.”

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  1. sandgrownan says:

    Pathetic. Once again sports, and children’s sports will be made to suffer because of the unvaccinated.

    Come on Minister, grow a pair, restrict the selfish, idiotic anti-vaxxers.

    • Commonsensenotsocommon says:

      Such and uneducated and idiotic comment in regards to who is at fault for the outbreak as 85% of the people who tested positive were fully vaccinated. I have a friend who is fully vaccinated and is still home sick with Covid after testing positive. Please find a new song to sing.

      • sandgrownan says:

        Bullsh*t. You’re lying.

        Imported cases: 85% are fully vaccinated and 15% are not vaccinated
        Local/Under Investigation cases: 28% are fully vaccinated, and 72% are not vaccinated.

        Noting that the imported account for 28 of the 412 new cases. So, no, the unvaccinated are the ones catching and spreading COIVD in our community.

        • Good On Ya says:

          thanks for calling g it out. his numbers are rubbish

        • Commonsensenotsocommon says:

          So let me get this straight, you believe in your heart that it’s the unvaccinated people’s fault that everyone is catching and spreading COVID wether or not they have the vaccine ?

          • Toodle-oo says:

            Dr Miller , on the press conference just concluded , squashed the rumor that it was vaccinated spreading it.
            Don’t like/believe it ? Take it up with him.

            • Commonsensenotsocommon says:

              Is Dr. Miller God or something? I’m confused as to his synopsis is the end all be all. All around the world the vaccinated are still getting sick and dying whether they’re vaccinated or not. Look at Israel and they are one the highest vaccinated countries. You all just want to believe so badly that the vaccine that you’ve decided to take is the answer to this pandemic. Go and get your booster shots and be concerned with your own health.

        • Smh says:

          Why are people pointing finges like a big kid. The Virus is spreading. Think about it like this. You go overseaa as a Unvaxx you come back and Quarantine in a hotel for 14days then get tested to be free. A Vaxx person takes a flight comes back roams about and on there 10 day test they come up positive. They have been out to eat, bars, grocery stores and have passed it on. It does not take common sense to say who is the spreader. But how many people was the vaxx person in contact with before they tested positive. SO AS BERMUDIANS STOP POINTING FINGERS AND BE MINDFUL THE VACCINE DID NOT PROTRECT YOU LOOK YOU THOUGHT IT WAS. ALOT OF MY FRIENDS ARE VACCINATED AND HAVE THE VIRUS NOW AND GUESS WHAT THEY ARE DOING WORST THEN THE UNVAXX WITH THIS VARIANT. My Protector is the Almighty not no FDA approved vaccine.

      • sandgrownan says:

        And you know, just to piss on your parade, that everyone in hospital is unvaccinated.

      • QUESTION says:

        question please explain and show how 85% of positive tests were fully vaccinated persons. maybe i am not a mathematician or rocket scientist but i dont comprehend .If total cases are at 3877 and 66% of population is double jabbed (fully vac ) i am lost But none the less thanks to those that can’t follow rules and stay home or quarantined we now have this outbreak

  2. Robert Daniels says:

    What is it that you can’t understand vaxxed or unvaxxed … no sport

  3. LOL (original) says:

    Like you care about this at all. You keep calling for Australian like restrictions and now they come and you cast shade. STFU and go to your own country cause they are handling things better in your view. Stop thinking you can dictate to other groups of people in a country you voluntarily came to you have no right to do so. Xenophobe my a$# I just don’t like your authoritarian, supremist stances. I am guessing you are a Democrat or a neo labral as they are the ones stripping individual freedoms and rights from everyone but them it seems. Cali gets what they deserve at this point.

    • sandgrownan says:

      Quite the rant from a snowflake conservative. Because, you know, that’s what conservative means…scared, closed mind, frightened of new things…..pathetic.

      • LOL (original) says:

        Yet I can put up evidence to the contrary, article after article, even the study in question and all you can do is insult cause you don’t have any facts that you can die on either. None. Face it you are just like me and don’t know. If you are processive then I guess you let your underage kids drink, smoke, and make decisions for their future without your input when you are legally responsible for your kids still. Chance are you don’t even see or know what your kids are up to at all. Real upstanding example of what’s wrong with the world.

        LOL Processive f’d this world and will never take any responsibility for their actions.

        • sandgrownan says:

          Perhaps I should ask this question…while I’ve been asked to respect and understand the views and rights of the anti-vax lobby, when does MY right not to get infected by COVID come into play?

      • LOL (original) says:

        I must not be conservative then. Thanks for clearing that up. However you know what progressive is right? means logic is a non starter with you. Feelings matter and not facts. Cue Ben Schapiro FACTS don’t care about your feelings. Hurts when facts have a conservative base.

        LOL Hope diversity kicks you out…..lol keep eating yourself.

  4. Question says:

    So, in other words, they will do nothing. No decisions, no leadership.
    Sports – go ahead, have as many people as you like.
    Churches – go ahead, have as many people as you like.
    Champagne parties where Burt gets invited – no problem. Have a good time.

    And we have almost run out of vaccines.

  5. tolate says:

    should not have been relaxed in first place especially since can’t be monitored or controlled properly.

  6. Too late! says:

    How about banning drunken boat cruises! Oh yes, summer is over so that would be mute now. Had to make sure that the voter base didn’t get upset. Couldn’t curtail that activity, now could we! Now no sports, no school and half the workplaces left scrambling! Brilliant lack of leadership!

  7. Ringmaster says:

    Wilson has to go, she is completely useless. Never prepared and never has answers to questions not in the script. Based on what is said, no vaccinated people are in hospital or ICU. If that is the case the facts/data/proof is there. Positives alone do not mean death. Unvaccinated are the strain on the hospital. Deal with that, but clearly there is a reason she won’t so the easy way out to is treat everyone like a child and punish accordingly. Where is the dissention?

  8. Jamie says:

    Curious to know how people in Bermuda feel about a cruise ship with 2700 people onboard docking the week after next. Do you think it can be handled logistically?

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