Cup Match camping restrictions
The Cup Match camping tradition will resume this year – but with Covid-19 restrictions in place.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Public Works said campers and picnickers are allowed to set up their camp sites today, but camping itself will only be permitted in parks between tomorrow and Monday.
However group sizes must be limited to 50 as per Covid-19 regulations.
The spokesman said: “Gates are open until 9pm Wednesday, so patrons will have the opportunity to get their equipment and property into the parks and beaches. After this time, Park Ranger staff on duty will be locking the gates.
“All equipment and property must be removed by Tuesday, August 3 or it will be deemed abandoned and disposed of.
“Maintenance staff will be collecting trash and cleaning bathrooms during the Cup Match holiday and weekend. They will start at 6am.”
Park rangers will patrol the parks and the beaches over the holiday to enforce National Park regulations, and staff will be on hand to control parking and traffic at West Whale Bay, Horseshoe Bay, Warwick Long Bay West, Elbow Beach and Clearwater Beach/Cooper’s Island.
Lifeguards will be on duty at Horseshoe Bay, John Smith’s Bay, Clearwater Beach and Turtle Bay between 9am and 7pm on Thursday and Friday.
The spokesman said that because of the popularity of Horseshoe Bay, the Bermuda Police Service, St John Ambulance and the Department of Parks will be on hand at the south shore site.
“Traffic flow and parking will be controlled, and once the parking lot is full, access will be for drop off only until space becomes available, the spokesman said.
“There may be times when the parking lot is closed to all traffic to clear any congestion.
“Patrons are advised that the closure of Horseshoe Bay will be at 8pm, at which time they must start clearing the beach for the cleaning to begin for use on Mary Prince Day.”
The spokesman added that bonfires are not allowed at Coopers Island, no vehicles will be allowed inside parks after gates are closed, and no dogs or horses are allowed on the beaches.
“The co-operation of the patrons using the parks and beaches over the holiday period is appreciated,” he said.