Bermuda issues stay-at-home order after Covid cases climb

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Southampton Bermuda [Credit: Brookgardener/Shutterstock.com]
An aerial shot of Bermuda, with the Fairmont Southampton resort and pink-sand beaches visible. The island is enacting a stay-at-home order due to rising Covid cases. Photo Credit: Brookgardener/Shutterstock.com

Bermuda has ordered a Stay At Home order from 5 a.m Tuesday April 13 to April 20 due to a surge in Covid-19 cases, primarily due to the U.K. variant, according to Premier David Burt.

Essential businesses, such as grocery stores, pharmacies and Covid testing and vaccine centers, will remain open.

Guests at Bermuda hotels and resorts will not be permitted to leave the properties but can move about the premises. Masks and social distancing are required. Golf courses will suspend play during the order, according to a spokesperson for the Hamilton Princess and Beach Club, a Fairmont-managed hotel.

In a televised press conference April 11, Burt said this order does not now impact airport operations, although border restrictions may be discussed at the next press conference on April 13.

Five of the current cases were imported from visitors on recent flights from Miami, Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta.

"This is a far-reaching outbreak, but Bermuda has enough vaccines, and we will accelerate our vaccination program  to salvage our summer tourism season," Burt said.

Bermuda is aiming for herd immunity by the end of May, according to Burt.

Current entry regulations for visitors include an online Bermuda Travel Authorization uploaded 48 hours before departure, proof of a negative Covid test result five days before departure and a second test upon arrival. Visitors are required to wear a traveler wristband for the first 14 days of their stay, with additional testing required on days 4, 8 and 14, with immediate results.

Information is available at www.gotobermuda.com.

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