Public Bus Service Update: The Department of Public Transport (DPT) advised that there will be no bus service on Monday, 20 September 2021. On Friday evening, DPT confirmed that the bus service had been interrupted due to industrial action taken by the Bus Operators. The operators raised concerns regarding health and safety standards in the workplace.

The DPT remains fully committed to ensuring the safest possible environment for all DPT staff and will continue the sanitisation practices and safety measures required by the Ministry of Health, including daily deep cleaning of all busses.

Discussions were held over the weekend, and today the DPT management will meet again with the BIU to address concerns raised by the staff with the hope that the public bus service may resume on Tuesday.

Public Education Update: Students and teachers will return to in-person learning once it is safe to do so and the data supports it. Each school will be assessed individually, and the data that is being reviewed includes the percentage of students that have consented to the Saliva Screening Programme, Covid-19 testing results, and staffing availability. The Ministry of Education will be sending a detailed release this evening on matters related to education.

Government Cashier Services:

The Accountant General cashiers, on the ground floor of the Government Administration Building, will be closed this week. All taxpayers are encouraged to make payments through the E-tax system or online banking. You can gain access and register on the E-Tax system 24/7 via the Government Portal or directly at www.etax.gov.bm.

Support will be provided to those who require assistance in setting up and using the E-tax system to make their payments to the Government. For those persons who require the services of the cashiers for tax payments, the Office of the Tax Commissioner will be flexible with deadlines and penalties during the period when the Cashiers’ desks are closed.

Persons who need to meet statutory deadlines for payment of stamp duty can submit their documents to the Office of the Tax Commissioner, to be stamped once the Cashiers office re-opens.