Former Premier Cautiously Optimistic about Lifting of Restrictions

As of noontime this afternoon, practically all SafeKey restrictions that have been in place have been lifted and according to the government, may only have future use for large-group gathering exemptions.

This is a good sign for former Premier and Shadow Minister of National Security Michael Dunkley, JP, MP, as it shows that Bermuda is finally learning to live with COVID after almost two years.

“ It is also great to see that our border restrictions are being eased and that the travel authorizations fees are being reduced,” Mr. Dunkley said. “ We still need to keep our guard up, the virus is not going anywhere . . . but the fact of the matter is that the authorization forms and restrictions have been a great detriment to the people of Bermuda.”

Despite his optimism, he cannot deny that Bermudian businesses will continue to suffer and possibly even shut down for a long time to come.

“ Things are very bleak right now; we do not have much airlift to the island, a lot of restaurants are closed and others are undergoing renovations and many people are out of work,” Mr. Dunkley explained.

“ It is incumbent on the Government now to move Bermuda in a better direction. We see that the Fairmont Southampton hotel is close to coming to an agreement to renovate and open the property and we need those beds to be full [as soon as possible.]”

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