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Minister calls for safe and peaceful Cup Match weekend

Michael Weeks, the Minister of National Security (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Residents were asked to behave responsibly and think of others when they enjoy themselves over the long holiday weekend.

Michael Weeks, the Minister of National Security, also warned that there will be a visible presence of police and other uniformed services to help make sure that members of the public are safe.

He said: “As Cup Match approaches, we anticipate that there will be increased excitement and activity as we prepare for a long weekend of events.

“However, as we enjoy ourselves, it's important to engage in responsible behaviour and think of the health and safety of others.”

Mr Weeks added: "While I understand that many residents will be in and around the water in celebration, I urge mariners to refrain from drinking and driving, and to be considerate of other boat operators and homes near the water when playing music – especially late at night.

“For those who will be on our roads, if you're going to drink, please have a designated driver – don't drive.

"The Bermuda Police Service has produced a robust policing plan and will be working in partnership with the Bermuda Reserve Police and the Royal Bermuda Regiment to ensure a proportionate response to multiple major events, including Cup Match, Beach Fest and other planned night-time events.

“Additionally the Coastguard will be monitoring all on-water activities."

Residents were reminded that the Annual Classic will start at 10am on Thursday and Friday at the Somerset Cricket Club.

Thousands of people are expected to attend the event over the two days, when police will be highly visible.

Mr Weeks said: "We simply want to ensure a peaceful and safe Cup Match holiday, one that is not marred by a serious incident or tragedy.

“So, we thank the public for their consideration as we head into this celebratory period, and on behalf of the Ministry of National Security, I wish everyone a memorable Cup Match holiday."

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Published July 26, 2022 at 7:47 am (Updated July 26, 2022 at 7:47 am)

Minister calls for safe and peaceful Cup Match weekend

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