Reports reaching Bermuda Real tonight that the island’s ferry service will be suspended for two weeks starting tomorrow (Sept 21), due to COVID and close contact in the workplace.

Our sources say there are up to 30 employees with the Department of Marine and Ports who are currently on quarantine at home.

Our report was confirmed shortly after 11pm that there will be an interruption of both the bus and ferry service on Wednesday (Sept 21).

A spokeswoman said: “This evening, the Department of Marine and Ports Services BIU staff sent notice that they will be withdrawing their labour tomorrow due to health and safety concerns at work.   

“Last week,  the BIU Bus Division raised concerns regarding health and safety standards in the workplace.  Discussions were held over the weekend and again today; however, there is no agreement between BIU and the Department of Public Transportation (DPT).

“The Ministry of Transport remains fully committed to ensuring the safest possible environment for DPT and M&P staff and will continue the sanitisation practices and safety measures required under the Covid protocols and guidelines of the Ministry of Health,” she added.

“The Ministry will keep the public updated with any further changes to the bus and ferry schedules. We appreciate the public’s patience as we navigate our way through this pandemic.

“Lastly, each of us has a role to play in stopping the spread of the coronavirus. Please follow Public Health guidelines, wear a mask, practice good hand hygiene, maintain physical distance and download the WeHealth Bermuda App.”