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Advice, closures and cancellations

Stormy weather near John Smith's Bay (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Tropical Storm Karl is expected to hit Bermuda at 4am, causing disruptions to the island’s schedules.

On this page, The Royal Gazette will provide updates on businesses that will close, and events that have been postponed or cancelled.

If you would like to share the latest details on your business or event, e-mail news@royalgazette.com, call 278-0137 or send us a Facebook message.

Stay safe, Bermuda.


• Freisenbruch-Meyer Group is to open a dedicated claims centre over the weekend, with staff managing the reception hall and call centre to assist clients. To report a claim or if you have any questions, call 296-3600, e-mail claims@fmgroup.bm or use the e-claims mobile application available on Google Play and the iStore.

• Argus is reminding clients to contact the Customer Service Centre on 298-0888 with any questions regarding insurance cover and for preparation advice and support. For hurricane preparedness tips, visit the Argus website or click on the PDF under “Related Media”. After the storm, clients can contact the Argus Claims Hurricane Hotline at 298-0888 for the latest update or to leave claim information.

• Colonial Insurance will open from 9am to 1pm today, provided that the EMO has deemed it safe to be on the road. Those unable to reach the insurer for first notification of claims can call 296-3700 or call or text their emergency numbers 747-3700 or 707-3700.

• Air Care customers can call 292-8181 in case of service emergencies over the weekend. “Should the island be majorly impacted and technicians stood down for safety reasons, they will resume attending to emergency service issues once it is determined that it is safe to do so,” a spokesman said.

• The Hamilton Princess & Beach Club has some rooms available for local residents. Reservations can be made by calling 295-3000. Crown & Anchor and Marcus’ restaurant will be open until 10pm with the bar open until 1am.

• West End Development Corporation emergency pager number is 699-0871 — enter your telephone number for a response.

Closures & Cancellations

• Flights: Both American Airlines flights into Bermuda yesterday evening and outbound from Bermuda this morning have been cancelled. Todays’s afternoon AA flights will operate per schedule. Those travelling are encouraged to check with their respective airlines to confirm their travel plans.

• Ferry service: Blue, Green and Pink routes are expected to resume Sunday morning. The Orange route is expected to resume on Monday.

• Washington Mall closed at 4pm yesterday and will remain closed until 10am on Monday.

• The Barn and The HAB Gift Shop at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital will be closed today.

• Dockyard shops will reopen at “their discretion” later today after assessing storm damage. Normal hours to resume on Sunday.

• Esso service stations closed at 9pm yesterday but will reopen today after they have been assessed, with an announcement to be made by 10am.

• The National Sports Centre closed at 3pm yesterday and will stay shut today.

• Magnum Power Force Gym and Diet Centre will be closed today. It is set to reopen at 9am on Sunday. Updates will be available via Facebook.

• Studio One gym in Hamilton will also be closed today. It is set to reopen at 8am on Sunday.

• DanceSations will be closed today. Classes resume on Monday.

• In Motion School of Dance will resume classes at noon.

• Masterworks Museum will be closed today but will reopen Sunday.

• Bermuda SPCA closed early yesterday but the charity intends to reopen at 11am.

• Tumble Tots and Parent and Tots are cancelled today.

Staying open

• The Causeway will remain open and will be assessed throughout the night.

• The Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Facility will also remain open throughout the storm.

• The Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo intends to be open this weekend, with the Bermuda Zoological Society Open Day scheduled to proceed as planned on Sunday. However, local weather conditions or facility conditions may lead to postponement. The public are advised to phone 293-2727 or visit the BAMZ Facebook page before visiting.


• Bermuda SPCA’s “Whiskers & Wine” fundraiser has been postponed to November 19. However, the raffle draw will still take place today and all sold and unsold tickets can be returned to the SPCA’s shelter in Paget by 4pm tomorrow.

• Masterworks Museum’s Super Saturday event has been postponed until October 1.

• The Driving Horse and Pony Club of Bermuda has postponed its first harness racing event, which was to take place today, to 7pm on October 1 at the National Equestrian Centre on Vesey Street, Devonshire.

• Todays’s inaugural Teen Haven Golf Tournament has been rescheduled for October 29. Registration for the charity event at the Belmont Hills Golf Course, $110 per person, remains open for teams of four. For information and registration, call 238-0520.

• Todays’s Royal Bermuda Regiment open house has been postponed until 2pm on October 1.

• The Department of Community and Cultural Affairs has rescheduled tomorrow’s annual Seniors Awards Luncheon at The Fairmont Southampton until 2pm on October 9.