Online Petition Calls For Eliminating SafeKey

January 21, 2022 | 20 Comments

An online petition has been launched calling to eliminate the use of SafeKey, with the petition — which the website indicates was started 14 hours ago — attaining over 800 signatures as of this writing.

The petition said, “SafeKey has been detrimental to the Bermuda restaurant industry and small businesses that have already been hit hard over the last 2 years.

“Restaurants are closing and others laying off staff due to lack of business. Gym owners have witnessed significant decreases in membership due to the requirement of SafeKey. Social/sports clubs and bars have also been hit hard.

“For the last two years Bermudians have largely complied with mandates, restrictions and curfews in the name of flattening the curve, easing the health care system, and eliminating the spread.

“Measures such as SafeKey contribute to excessive testing that overwhelms testing sites and MDL. The government does not provide sufficient resources for persons to obtain a Safe Key when one is required.”

The petition added that “this was evident with the failed reopening of schools” and “has had a knock on effect which has resulted in persons missing outbound flights, spending extra days in quarantine, and missing work days, waiting for test results. ”

“SafeKey does not guarantee that users are infection-free because vaccinated /boosted persons are not required to test in order to get one,” it adds.

“So the SafeKey has run its useful course and is no longer a valid tool to limit the spread of the virus. The only logical thing to do is to eliminate the SafeKey requirements. This will ease testing resources and enable those who need testing due to infection, close contacts and traveling purposes to get tested and to receive their results in a timely manner,” the petition added.

While the Government has been relaxing restrictions — such as allowing the curfew to expire, dropping the day 10 arrival test, and stating that mandatory quarantine no longer required for vaccinated close contacts without symptoms — use of the SafeKey is still required in some instances with the Ministry saying ““SafeKey remains a valuable tool to help reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.”

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  1. aceboy says:

    Safekey is a complete waste of time and money.

  2. Kim Smith says:

    This when the CDC has elevated Bermuda to a level 4… very high risk?

  3. Joe Bloggs says:

    “An online petition has been launched calling to eliminate the use of SafeKey, with the petition …”

    Why not abolish all restrictions? Who cares if another 112 families lose loved ones!

    • sandgrownan says:

      I’m being told it’s like a cold.

      • widea wake says:

        just follow the rules

      • Joe Bloggs says:

        “I’m being told it’s like a cold.”

        Are you being told that by an appropriately trained expert or by a lay person?

        • sandgrownan says:

          By every single anti-vax muppet on Bernews!

          • Focus BDA says:

            Na by the fool’s in the oba who are trying everthing to get elected again. What a bunch of clowns the UBP as left behind. Know wonder their having a hard time finding talent.

            • saud says:

              You can’t even eek out a coherent sentence…you need to sit down, you don’t get to talk about who has talent. You have none.
              Hush.

    • Portia says:

      And the restrictions did what, exactly?

    • question says:

      Good idea. But the Safekey is particularly useless and should be ditched right away.

  4. Brilliance of Burt says:

    Brilliance of Burt

    4 more years of Premier Burt, COVID and the $75 TA Form

    Happy New Year to All!!!!

    BoB (or bring you own bottle instead)

  5. unknown800k says:

    what about a petition to investigate the missing 800k. hypocrites

  6. BermudaBermuda says:

    When the active cases is at al time high in Bermuda, when the government failed to provide adequate resource for testing, the solution is to remove testing itself. Yeah sounds about right. What could possibly be wrong?

  7. Rig says:

    Ireland removed all Covid restrictions today.

    Meanwhile Burt is intent on pandering to the idiots unvaccinated and ruining the economy.

  8. Sick of it All says:

    Blurt and Co. give no Public Hearings or any Forum to understand the Public at large. The only Venue is Media. Reading the Comments and petitions , people are sick of these Covid Restrictions. It is strangling the wallets of many people , businesses, with tourists staying away.The Public has spoken, Blurt continues to make himself the Enemy to the people with his restrictions and far-fletched dates like APRIL 1st. No, No No! FEBRUARY 1 is Reasonable. Other countries are open for business. We are terribly restricted. This country is nothing like it used to be. It is Sickening! It barely even measures up to being a country.

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