Lawyer Mark Pettingill

The Government’s decision to implement mandatory 14-day quarantine restrictions as of Sunday, June 6, will be put to the legal test on constitutional grounds in Bermuda’s Supreme Court tomorrow.

The legal challenge by the pressure group Constitutional Freedom Bermuda (CFB) filed the summons yesterday, seeking an injunction on the grounds that the mandatory quarantine discriminates against residents who have not taken the jab.

At the centre of it all is that non-vaccinated residents will have to quarantine for 14 days, at a Government-approved hotel at their own expense as opposed to staying in their own homes.

In a statement released today, the CFB said: “The overwhelming and obvious reality is that the proposed mandatory quarantine is not reasonably required, as a matter of medical science or law.”

They further contend that the proposal would “unreasonably require unvaccinated Bermudians to be effectively imprisoned, at their expense”.

“We are extremely confident that at tomorrow’s hearing, the Government will be restrained from implementing the wholly unreasonable proposed mandatory quarantine until the court has determined the substantive constitutional challenge,” the group added.

Courtenay Griffiths QC of 25 Bedford Row Chambers

To date, the group has raised more than $70,000 to fund their legal challenge. The fundraising goal has now been increased to $140,000.

On that note the group said: “CFB would like to take this time to thank the Bermudian public for their overwhelming support.

“We look forward to updating the public at the conclusion of tomorrow’s hearing and take this time to send a huge thank you to all who have supported the preservation of Bermudians’ constitutional rights.

“We would like to send a huge thank you to our legal team, led by Mark Pettingill of Chancery Legal and Courtenay Griffiths QC of 25 Bedford Row Chambers, who are assisted by Eron SL Hill.”