Premier Full of Optimism for the Future on Bermuda Day

 Premier Full of Optimism for the Future on Bermuda Day

Shortly after the conclusion of this year’s half marathon derby, TNN caught up with Premier the Honorable David Burt, who was very pleased with how the event turned out.

“ [Today’s race] is an example of what we can do when the community comes together and to work,” he said. “ It is good to see so many people out cheering each other on, keeping safe and celebrating our heritage.”

Despite not planning today’s mini-parade event at the National Stadium and not really knowing exactly what it would entail, he is excited to attend and encourages anyone with a Safekey to do the same.

“ It should be fun, festive and [the island] has to recognize that we are moving forward,” he said. “ As long as we continue to do things the right way, this is what the future could look like. We will get back to normal.”

Once persons receive a recently negative Coronavirus test or become fully immunized against the virus, they can receive a Safekey, which will give them access to certain things (such as the Bermuda Day event at the National Sports Center.)

“ We are not opening indoor dining for everyone until phase three, but we wanted to make sure that people got back to work sooner,” Mr. Burt said. “ When phase three commences next Sunday, the only time that Safekey will be used is for large events like County Game, Cupmatch and the like . . . where we can ensure that there is a minimization of the risk [of the Coronavirus.]”

Mr. Burt is also pleased with the amount of people that have already gotten vaccinated and assures everyone that the island is slowly moving towards herd immunity.

“ June 8 is the last date for the Pfizer vaccine; afterwards we will switch to Astra-Zeneca, so we encourage people to go out,” he said. “ We’ve seen the vaccine in action in the real world and that it is quite safe and effective; we’ve seen that it reduces onward transmission.”

“We do not need to be afraid of the future, but we need to make sure to protect ourselves,” he continued. “ Right now, as long as everyone continues to do their part, we can look forward to a normal summer.
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