News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – The Ministry of Youth Culture and Sport is advising the public that following Friday’s (Feb 4) amendments to the Public Health (COVID-19 Emergency Powers) (Phased Re-Opening) Regulations 2021, there have been consequent changes to the rules governing Sport and Large Group Exemptions.

Effective Friday (Feb 4), the Return to Play Guidance will no longer require SafeKey for sporting events within the permitted number of 100 attendees. The Testing Framework for athletes, coaches, and all those involved in the event operation will now require either twice-weekly antigen testing, or an antigen test on the day of training or competition.

Large Group Exemptions for outdoor events, (including sport) will not require SafeKey. However, indoor events with over 100 attendees will continue to require SafeKey.

More specific guidelines for the current phase are as follows.

  • Sport is currently at Level 3B: Indoor and outdoor sports.
  1. All activity is permitted within the Sporting Group.
  2. Spectators are permitted up to maximum permitted by public health regulations (100 including sporting group and spectators).
  3. Also, outdoor spectators, this includes those who are parents or guardians, no longer need antigen tests or SafeKey.
  4. Antigen testing is required for the sporting group.

The Return to Play Guidance can be found at Guidance for governing sporting bodies, affiliated clubs, teams and sporting events | Government of Bermuda (

Also to assist the public with applying for Large Group Exemption applications, visit COVID-19 Guidance for Events and Gatherings | Government of Bermuda (