News Release: Hamilton, Bermuda – Premier David Burt, the Minister of National Security, Wayne Caines and members of Disaster Risk Reduction Management Team met with interfaith representatives on Monday (March 16) to discuss with the group Government’s preparation plans regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus).

The meeting took place at St Paul’s Centennial Church Hall, and Minister Caines, who is also the co-Chair of the Emergency Measures Organisation (EMO) said: “The National Security team shared information about how to prepare for, and respond to this widespread contagious disease.

“Guidance and recommendations about holding religious services amid the COVID-19 pandemic was discussed, such as limiting the number of persons at church services to 50 at a time; encouraging seniors not to attend services; or alternatively using various mediums such as streaming online, or broadcasting via radio or television to deliver faith based services.

“The various interfaith leaders in attendance appreciated that they would need to alter how they deliver their services.

“They were keen on maintaining some critical community outreach programmes,

“Ultimately, it was a productive meeting,” said Mr Caines.

“The faith based leaders were incredibly mindful of the challenges we face, and would adapt their services to meet these unprecedented circumstances.

“They were committed to making the best decisions and determinations for their respective congregations, based on the advice shared by the Government.”

  • Feature Photos Courtesy of Department of Communications, include: Premier David Burt, Minister Wayne Caines and Kelly Trott, Deputy Director of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Mitigation Team