Stay at home 'fad' to take a bus ride - Commissioner
Some people are taking a bus ride for a break from Covid restrictions, according to a social media post from the Commissioner of Police.
Stephen Corbishely wrote on his Facebook page: “Got a tip that a current shelter in place ‘fad’ is to take a ride on the bus for a break.
“We will be checking this is not the case so if anyone has done or is considering doing, and your journey is not under the exempt part of the regulations (ie essential worker travel) then think that for the sake of a ‘window scenery change’ you risk a very hefty fine.”
Mr Corbishley later told The Royal Gazette: “A few people messaged me about this so I posted it to get the point across.
“There are probably only a few isolated incidents where it’s happened I’m sure but it does show that members of the community are supporting the lockdown by speaking up about potential breaches.”
All residents must ensure when travelling on the island’s roads or waterways for any permitted reason that they carry a valid photo ID.
If exempted under the current regulations, people must be prepared to show an exemption documentation issued by the Ministry of National Security. Requests for exemptions can be made online at: https://forms.gov.bm/covid19/curfew.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Transport said: “The bus service is in support of those persons who have permission to leave their home per the Stay At Home order.
“The DPT is not vetting who is traveling on the bus, rather it is assumed that passengers have permission to be out. DPT is not in receipt of any reports from Bus Operators or others regarding a ’fad’ in defiance of Covid regulations.“
The Bermuda Police Service confirmed that there had been no reports made to police or the Royal Bermuda Regiment of any unauthorised persons riding the bus.