Mandatory Quarantine Starts Sunday June 20th

 Mandatory Quarantine Starts Sunday June 20th

As of June 20 2021, all non-immunised persons travelling to Bermuda are subject to mandatory quarantine. Mandatory quarantine means those hotel and guest house properties that have been designated as such by the Bermuda Government.

There are seven approved quarantine locations:
·         Coco Reef Resort
·         Grotto Bay Beach Resort & Spa
·         Hamilton Princess & Beach Club
·         Willowbank Resort
·         Coral Beach and Tennis Club
·         Rosemont Guest Suites
·         Fairmont Southampton

Travellers arriving on Sunday, June 20 or after will need to follow the new travel authorisation process where they will be asked a series of questions to determine the category of traveller they fall into. The new process will be available at: https://www.gov.bm/coronavirus-travellers from tomorrow.

The travel authorisation fee will remain the same at $75.

An unimmunised traveller requiring a quarantine hotel must:
·         cover the costs for the hotel stay;
·         choose from one of the seven participating properties; and
·         book their hotel in advance of arrival in Bermuda.

For those people who were already abroad before May 6, the Bermuda Government will pay for the quarantine stay. The details of this will be available to the public later this week.

Exemptions from the quarantine hotel are limited to
·         Unaccompanied Minors aged 17 years or younger on the date arriving in Bermuda

·         Medically Vulnerable certified by a licensed Physician, Psychologist or local health insurer

·         Caregivers of medically vulnerable travellers

These persons will still be required to quarantine and will have checks to ensure they are quarantining at home. Minor children, those under 18, will follow a Traveller’s First 14 Days for Children unless they or their parents are required to quarantine. This will include students returning home from boarding school, for example.

Each non-immunised traveller must have a confirmed (pre-paid) booking at a government-authorised hotel to apply for a Traveller Authorisation. And every immunised traveller must upload proof of their immunisation status to their Traveller Authorisation.

Testing for travellers will expand to include children from the age of two, with the oropharyngeal PCR test being used for young children.

We will continue to do our best to keep Bermuda COVID free as we welcome residents home and visitors to our island and re-open our economy.

The next Close to Home mobile vaccinations will be at Sandy’s Middle School on Thursday, June 17, from 4 – 7 pm.

On Saturday, June 19 at the National Sports Centre from 10 am – 2 pm and next Tuesday, June 22 at the Shelly Bay Marketplace from 10 am – 2 pm. Currently, the Close to Home programme is administering second doses only. If you had your first dose at Sandy’s Secondary Middle School, please remember to get your second jab this Thursday.

If you want a free ride to any Close to Home mobile vaccinations sites, call 533-5903 between 10.00 am and 1.30 pm. Mini-buses are available to take you there and bring you back home.
Since the mobile vaccination programme began on April 27, a total of 3,835 vaccines have been given as of June 13. About 66% of injections were administered to people receiving their first dose.

If you need assistance getting vaccinated or have questions, please contact vaccine@gov.bm, or call the hotline 444-2498 and select Option #2. The Vaccine Call Centre is available from 8 am – 4 pm, Monday to Friday and Saturdays from 9 am – 3 pm. The Vaccine Call Centre is closed on Sundays.

With the new supply of vaccine due to arrive on island next week, we are asking all people who are interested in being vaccinated to register online at gov.bm, and you will get an appointment. We will begin first doses again later this week.

The Ministry of Health is aware of a fake email error message being circulated regarding COVID-19 vaccination certificates.

If you receive or have received correspondence entitled Vaccine Certificate Error from conbea@northrock.bm and signed by “The COVID-19 Vaccine Team,” please ignore and delete it. All official emails regarding the COVID-19 vaccine certificates are sent from the Government of Bermuda COVID-19 Response Team at BermudaCovidVaccine@resqwest.com. You can also contact the Vaccine hotline on 444-2498 and select Option #2, or email vaccinecertificates@gov.bm.

In closing, I want to remind the public to have an accurate and comprehensive list of every guest at your events and gatherings, including yard and house parties.

Guest lists should include the full name, email address, phone number and both the date and time of arrival for everyone in attendance. They should also provide table or seating assignment details and departure times, if possible.

This information is necessary to facilitate contact tracing in the event of a connected case of COVID-19.
Please remember, each of us must do our part to stop the spread of the coronavirus. It is essential that we all follow Public Health guidelines, as I stated before, and wear a mask, practice good hand hygiene, maintain physical distance and download the WeHealth Bermuda app. Do the research, talk with your doctor and make an informed decision about getting the COVID-19 vaccine. There is a wealth of information about the vaccines online at gov.bm.
Stay safe, Bermuda, and don’t forget to avoid the three “Cs”: closed spaces, crowded places and close contact settings.
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