Bermuda police will conduct checks to ensure Phase 2 regulations are followed
As Premier Burt indicated, Bermuda will be moving into Phase 2 on Thursday, and the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) and the Royal Bermuda Regiment (RBR) will maintain their community engagement to ensure that the regulations are followed.
Minister of National Security, Wayne Caines in his May 18 update, indicated that a comprehensive operational plan is now in place controlled by the Gold Commander of the Bermuda Police Service, Assistant Commissioner Martin Weekes working in partnership with the Commanding Officer of the Royal Bermuda regiment, Major Ben Beasley.
Extensive Police and Regiment resources will be visible across the island to ensure that businesses permitted to open fully comply with all regulations.
According to Caines, visits will be made to business premises to check, physical distancing measures, the use of PPE masks where mandated, required health regulation compliance in regards to cleanliness and sensitization, the appropriate number of persons within the premises, and any other the enforcement of any other guidance set by the Ministry of Health.
Advice will be given in regards to minor breaches. Serious breaches or repeated breaches will result in:
- Immediate closure of the business premise.
- Law enforcement action toward the proprietors.
- Additionally, outside dining areas will be visited to ensure physical distance compliance and again that health measures are being adhered to.
Businesses are expected to publish the relevant guidance to patrons in prominent places within their establishment. Road side sobriety checks will be in place to enforce against alcohol use on the roads. The Coastguard will be active to ensure regulations compliance on the water.
Police and Regiment officers will be present to ensure patrons leave establishments open during the night time economy promptly at 9.00 pm. The Curfew regulations will be in force from 10pm – 6am, and any breaches will be subject to law enforcement and/or arrest.
Police and Regiment will also continue to be visible in public parks and other areas to ensure regulation compliance by the public.
A new fixed penalty framework is being developed to address regulation breaches which will result in on the spot fine for individuals and businesses. Non-payment will result in court action.
Caines stressed how critical it is that all establishments have the appropriate PPE supplies available for their staff and for their customers. The procurement of these items is the responsibility of the business.
I am encouraging the public and our businesses to please be mindful and responsible when engaging in these expanded services. There are health protocols and restrictions in place. If the guidelines are not adhered to in accordance with the Emergency Powers Regulations, this could result in a business being closed.