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Police will be enforcing curfew over New Year’s holiday

Bermuda Police Service will be on patrol on land and sea over the new year’s weekend. (File photograph)

Police announced they would keep watch on the roads and water to enforce the curfew and to curb antisocial behaviour over the New Year’s holiday weekend.

Martin Weekes, Assistant Commissioner of Police, said officers would be supported by the Bermuda Reserve Police as well as the Royal Bermuda Regiment Coastguard.

Mr Weekes noted the shooting of a man over the Christmas holiday weekend but said it had otherwise been “relatively peaceful”.

But he said 15 people had been found breaching the curfew in the week before Christmas.

“These people will be placed before the courts and risk a large fine,” he said.

“I wish to remind the public that the curfew is still in place for the New Year’s Holiday weekend, with restrictions of movement from 11pm to 5am and from 6pm to 5am on the water.”

He urged people to give themselves “ample time” to get home before 11pm.

The nightly curfew began on December 12 and is scheduled to continue until January 4. It is aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

Mr Weekes warned that the roads policing unit would be conducting speed checks this weekend.

He added: “During previous curfews and the shelter-in-place it became clear that motorists were taking the opportunity afforded by the lack of cars on the road to drive at excessive speeds.”

Mr Weekes also reminded the public not to drink and drive.

He added: “On behalf of the Commissioner of Police, the staff and officers of the Bermuda Police Service, I wish each and every member of our community a safe and happy New Year.”

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Published December 30, 2020 at 2:54 pm (Updated December 30, 2020 at 2:53 pm)

Police will be enforcing curfew over New Year’s holiday

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