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Covid forces temporary closures; students in quarantine affect college lessons

Bermuda College (File photograph)

A popular bar and grill has temporarily closed due to a chef testing positive for Covid-19.

In a post on its Facebook page, Divots, at Belmont Hills, said: “To our amazing guests. Divots Bar and Grill will be closed for a period due to one of our chefs testing positive for Covid.

“In order to be aggressive and transparent we will undergo deep cleaning, sanitising and allow for thorough testing of all our staff.

“We apologise for all inconvenience caused. We will reopen as soon as it is clearly safe to do so.”

Today it was announced that almost all classes at Bermuda College will be held online because students are stuck in quarantine.

A spokeswoman said that “a significant number of students” could not return to the Paget campus because their test results had been delayed or because they had to quarantine.

But she stressed that labs and experiential classes would still be held in-person and at the campus.

This includes labs for nursing, art, culinary arts and science and technology, as well as courses in bartending, personal fitness and the Building Owners and Managers Institute programme.

The spokeswoman added: “These students will still need to observe the current protocols and should book their Covid tests at the testing facility on campus as soon as possible for next week’s classes if they have not already done so.

“We should add that provisions will be made for those students who are in quarantine and who cannot attend lab or experiential classes, or for those who are not in quarantine but whose environment at home may not be suited for optimal learning.”

Students have been asked to check their e-mails and the college website for updates.

Further assessments on remote learning will be made and an announcement made by October 1.

The college spokeswoman said: “We are committed to providing the on-campus experience, which students have clearly indicated that they prefer and which we support.

“We look forward to having all our students back on campus soon.”

The news came as the Rubis gas station on Southampton’s Middle Road announced it had closed because of contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus.

A spokesman said the station would be given a deep clean before it reopened to the public.

He added: “These measures are being taken out of an abundance of caution for our valued customers.

“We shall communicate further information regarding the reopening in due course.”

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Published September 10, 2021 at 4:57 pm (Updated September 10, 2021 at 4:57 pm)

Covid forces temporary closures; students in quarantine affect college lessons

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