Slapped with a monitoring bracelet shortly after his arrival, Antonio Belvedere released a 21-point statement this morning flatly denying that he completed a Travel Authorization form before he left the US on Wednesday (July 14).
This after the Government said that he was allowed to quarantine at home because he fell into an exempted category.
Whatever happened with the Travel Authorisation form between his departure from New York and his arrival here in Bermuda – happened while he was in transit.
Mr Belvedere’s statement:
Mr Belvedere was greeted outside LF Wade International Airport by nearly 50 protesters after social media posts suggested that he may refuse to comply with quarantine laws, which carries penalties up to $25,000, or six months in prison.
Prior to his arrival, a joint statement from the Bermuda Police Service and the Ministry of Health said: “Mr Belvedere met the requirements of the Quarantine (COVID-19) (No 3) Amendment (No 2) Order 2021, when he arrived in Bermuda today (July 14).
“He arrived with an approved Bermuda COVID-19 Travel Authorisation form, fell within an exempted category (medically vulnerable) as certified by a licensed physician or psychologist. Therefore he will be required to quarantine at home for the mandatory 14 day period.”
Meanwhile, in a statement released late last night, a government spokeswoman said Mr Belvedere’s initial TAF application was rejected because he was not immunised and had not booked a hotel.
But it said he then sent a medical certificate from his physician saying he could be exempted from the quarantine facility based on medical grounds, which was received and his TA was updated accordingly while he was in flight.
It also said he paid for the TA when he first applied.