Timothy Seon, President, Prison Officers Association

Head of Bermuda’s Prison Officers Association (POA), Timothy Seon has confirmed the set-up of sanitisation stations at Westgate Correctional Facility, with a commitment from the Government to maintain it, in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The POA Chairman said the move comes amid “concerns in regard to the longevity of being able to supply the equipment required in order to continue to work”.

With regards to “hand sanitisers and the frequency of the supplies that could be provided in order to make a sterile environment”, he said the Government has promised that the supply would be “consistent”.

As of last Friday, he said: “The maintenance crew is working diligently to put the sanitiser dispensers all throughout the jail.

“They should be done and have them all installed by the early part of next week.”

Prison visits were cancelled last week by the Minister of National Security.

A proposed plan for the island’s prison system will be discussed with the POA moving forward.

In the interim, Mr Seon stated that officers were “optimistic”.

On that note, the POA Chairman said: “At the moment, they have told us to treat everyone as if they’re potential carriers and for officers to be mindful of our sanitary routines and also be mindful of groupings and how we move outside.”