* UPDATED JULY 1 * The Bermuda Government has announced plans for the reopening of Bermuda through a 4 phase process which will start on May 2. This will include the end of Shelter in Place restrictions, and phased opening of businesses. There will remain a curfew for Phase 1 and social distancing measures are still required.
"We must get Bermuda working again, we must get Bermuda enjoying life again but we must also be mindful that we cannot and will not place the health and safety of our senior citizens in jeopardy.
We have adopted a strategy for a phased reopening of our economy. These four phases set out how we will progress through this ongoing pandemic response. It is important to note that there are no dates attached to phases two, three, and four. This is because how we progress is directly dependent on how well we comply, and how we see our hospital, and population being affected.
With every week that passes without community spread, the sooner we can look at what additional phases we can move on to."
BERMUDAYP NEXT STEPS
As we have now moved on from the Shelter In Place restrictions, we will no longer be listing out each business individually on this article. Please find all Phase business opening information below or search as you normally would for business specific info.
We will continue to add Bizcast announcements for any business who wishes to have their temporary operating information added. This information will then appear on business listings when you search. We will have further updates coming soon to further assist you in recognizing which businesses are open and what services are being offered.
PHASE 1 - LIMITED BUSINESS
PHASE 2 - EXPANSION OF SERVICES
PHASE 3 - MOVING TO NORMAL
PHASE 4 - NEW NORMAL
Grocery stores are now open for customers to shop on any day of the week. Surname days no longer apply.
Retail stores which had previously operated under curbside and delivery only service, may now open for business under certain conditions detailed in the Directions.
RESTAURANTS & BARS
Restaurants open for outdoor and indoor dining with requirements for health and safety including patrons must wear a mask if queing to enter the restaurant or while moving around the restaurant.
Licensed bars and nightclubs will be able to open with requirements for health and safety of the staff and patrons and restrictions on specific services. The full Government guidance: Guidance for Nightclubs and Bars
Nurseries, child care, Schools, and Camps may now operate with specific guidance developed for the various child care settings. Camps should register with the Ministry of Health. All of these are available on Governments Schools, Childcare and camps guidance page.
CINEMAS, MUSEUMS, LIBRARIES & SIMILAR
Cinemas, Museums, Libraries and other similar venues are open with safe operating guidance from the Ministry of Health. Venues may also have their own specific safety protocols depending on their needs.
Health clubs such as gyms, dance clubs and exercise facilities are open with enhanced cleaning and sanitation practices which must be practised by owner, staff and patrons.
Playgrounds and outdoor gym equipment are open with personal restrictions.
WEDDINGS & FUNERALS
Weddings, domestic partnerships. funerals and communion can be held with the appropriate physical distancing in place. The 50 person limit does not apply.
CHURCHES AND PLACES OF WORSHIP
Worship Communities are to safely hold congregational services and minimize the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus.
Commercial airlines may return to Bermuda, but there are specific testing requirements to replace the requirement to quarantine for 14 days.
Both visitors and residents must apply for a Travel Authorisation Form, 48 hours before departing for Bermuda.
- Masks must be worn indoors. Masks must be worn outside when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
- Limited numbers for Gatherings - No more than 50 people except for specific circumstances which include: wedding, funerals, worship settings, and public transport.
- Curfew in place from 12pm and 5am
- End of mandated working from home - but those who can, should continue to work from home.
- View the full Phase 4 closures information
Government COVID-19 updates
- Government COVID-19 portal
- Government COVID-19 related forms
- COVID-19 Resources
- Symptom Assessment Checklist
- COVID-19 Questions 444-2498 (9am - 9pm daily)
- Emotional Wellbeing 543-1111 (9am - 9pm daily)
- Child & Adolescent Services 249-3370 (9am - 5pm daily)
Emergency Services are operating but will be practising strict social distancing measures. As always, in an emergency dial 911
- If you have respiratory symptoms or believe you may have come into contact with COVID-19, do not visit the hospital.
- Do not visit police stations to make a report unless the matter is of a serious nature. They urge you instead to call their mainline, 295-0011, and you will be forwarded on to the relevant department.
- If the situation warrants that an officer comes to your residence, we urge you to inform the officer you speak with on the phone, whether:
- Any occupant has been diagnosed as having COVID-19
- Any occupant has recently returned from overseas travel
- Any occupant has displayed symptoms of cold or flu