The following joint statement was released for publication at Thursday evening – July 12, 2021…

Upon returning to Bermuda yesterday (July 11, 2021), Sophia Cannonier, her husband Michael Watson and their two children did not follow the requirements set out in the Quarantine (COVID-19) (No. 3) Amendment (No. 2) Order 2021.

The family of four arrived without an approved Bermuda COVID-19 Travel Authorisation form for each family member. Also, in lieu of proof of vaccination, this family presented antibodies documentation, which is not recognised in Bermuda. As such, the Cannonier/Watson family is considered unvaccinated, and according to the legislation, must go into a quarantine hotel, which they refused to do.

They are in breach of section 27(1)(ab) of the Quarantine (COVID-19) (No 3) Order 2020 for refusing to comply with a requirement to quarantine as directed by a Health Officer.

It is expected that this matter will go before the courts and the Bermuda Police Service, and the Ministry of Health will not comment further on the specifics of this case.