Quarantine Constitutional Hearings Scheduled For July 7th & 8th

Constitutional Freedom Bermuda would like to take this time to thank our legal team for launching a robust application for interim injunctive relief to restrain the Government from implementing proposed Mandatory Quarantine; the Government argued that interim relief should not be granted because the Applicants could be compensated by way of monetary damages if their constitutional rights were, after a full hearing, found to have been breached.

On this basis, the Court was not minded to grant our application for interim injunctive relief but it did grant our application for an expedited hearing on this matter and refined are pleased to confirm that the Court granted our request for an expedited hearing on the substantive challenge and our constitutional application will be heard on the 7th and 8th July 2021 to afford the Government time to put together its defence and for our legal team to reply; we look forward to vindicating the constitutional rights infringed.

Last evening, the Minister of Health confirmed:

a.       Bermuda’s Covid-19 infection rate represents 3.9% of Bermuda’s population;

b.      Bermuda’s Covid-19 recovery rate is 98%;

c.      The percentage of imported Covid-19 cases represents 12% of the total number of Bermuda’s total Covid-19 cases.

d.      The total number of active Covid-19 cases represents 0.03% of Bermuda’s population.

e.      There are no Covid-19 related patients are in ICU

Minister Wilson also confirmed that the island’s test positivity rate was 0.0%; despite this reality, the Minister and the Premier declined to confirm whether the Government intended to implement the mandatory quarantine on 6 June 2021; instead, Minister Wilson said the Government was still ‘refining’ amendments to the policy.

Instead of using the more than capable members of the Attorney General’s Chambers, the Government engaged the services of Queens Counsel, Delroy Duncan of Trott & Duncan, who argued for the Government to be able to enforce the unreasonable mandatory quarantine at the Hamilton Princes Hotel & Beach Club, The Coco Reefs Resort, and the Grotto Bay Hotel & Spa.

We look forward to the substantive hearing of this matter on 7 July 2021; in the interim, the Bermudian public should hold the Government accountable to ensure that they do not continue to unreasonably trample on the rights of Bermudian citizens.
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