Police and public health officials will be out in full force this weekend to crackdown on breaches of COVID-19 regulations in Bermuda.
A Government spokeswoman said they will be targeting events with large group exemptions to ensure that they stick by the rules.
This after Premier David Burt, warned: “Licensed premises and indoor bars and restaurants can expect the same. The enforcement will be broad, and my expectation is also that it will be fair.
“This is the only way that we will ease the growing pressure on the various elements of our healthcare system, which are stretched and stressed.”
On that note, he said: “Large groups granted an exemption should expect to be visited and be subjected to confirmation of the correct use of SafeKey and any other conditions under which the exemption has been granted.
“The enforcement will be broad, and my expectation is also that it will be fair. This is the only way that we will ease the growing pressure on the various elements of our healthcare system, which are stretched and stressed.”
It was also noted that “there is a fixed penalty of $500 for breaches of the public health regulations and officers will issue tickets for such violations”.
“The regulations require mask-wearing indoors and in certain outdoor settings as per mask-wearing guidance,” the spokeswoman added.
“SafeKey has been proven an effective means of hosting safe events but it too must be used properly. Venues are reminded: SafeKey plus ID is a must. One without the other puts patrons and attendees at risk.
“All aspects of the public health regulations are designed to keep the community safe and where these regulations are followed we can continue to adjust and not interrupt our lives.
“Those establishments and venues that are following the rules have contributed to the return of economic activity and psychological well-being for the Island.”
Ultimately, she said: “The enforcement effort will be focused on ensuring compliance and the public can be assured that events or establishments that are not compliant will be closed as the proven risk to public safety and well-being is too great.”