Frustrating Meeting With No Solution Says Us ForThem Spokesperson

UsForThem Bermuda was given a meeting with the Minister of Health, Kim Wilson and three other health officials today at noon.

The meeting time was set late on Tuesday afternoon by the Minister’s office.

None of the research and data behind the all-day masking policy on school children was provided to our group, although we were previously told it was being compiled for us.

The meeting lasted 20 minutes and was completely fruitless.

The Minister would not disclose any targets or metrics the Island might meet in order to lessen restrictions on school children, which include: wearing all mask all days while indoors from age 4 up, no singing, no assemblies, single class bubbles, no cooperative play, parallel play only, no woodwind or brass instruments, no sports days, intramural or inter-school sports, no graduation ceremonies, no field trips or excursions, no school photographs, no extra-curricular activities, no birthday parties and no end of year events.

When asked for the data which the Health Ministry is using to set policy, we were told it would be provided later.

Our attempts to engage with the Government have been extremely frustrating and we feel it is quite clear they are not willing to meaningfully address our concerns.

We feel we have explored all channels for dialogue with the decision makers, whose rules are affecting our children daily, and we are extremely disappointed to conclude they are not open to meaningful engagement. While we welcome further discussions, we remain determined to protect the rights of our children and to prevent them from being harmed, and will consider all avenues to do so including civil protests and exploring legal options.

As parents, we would like to see more adults rally to support the children of Bermuda. We have been saddened and surprised that our paediatricians, doctors, teachers, school administrators and children-centric groups have yet to speak up for the children we entrust to them.

The restrictions on children could be much more proportionate to what we know about the virus today. We hope more adults will step up as advocates for children.

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