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Cannonier: We can do it if we pull together

Residents must change the way they live in the face of a potential killer strain of coronavirus, the Opposition leader said this afternoon.

Craig Cannonier, of the One Bermuda Alliance, asked people to work together but claimed that “more direction” was needed to guide members of the public through the challenge presented by Covid-19.

He said: “I have faith that Bermuda will pull through this, but we have to work through this together. “We can do it.”

Mr Cannonier explained: “As a grandfather, a father, a husband and a brother, when I think about Bermuda, like you I am concerned, I am concerned about what will happen to us.

“Looking at other countries, it is clear that many people will be affected.

“We must be responsible for one another, we must practice things like social distancing — which must happen — and we must show the true Bermudian community spirit and look after one another.

“I am appealing to you Bermuda. It is time to make adjustments to your way of living and behaving. You have been forewarned, you have had notices, you have seen what has happened in other parts of the world. We must work through this together.”

Mr Cannonier added that the island had been able to learn from the experiences of other countries, and that the public should be “forearmed”.

He said: “Bermuda people have demonstrated resolve, calm preparedness and neighbourly care on numerous occasions as we have faced the wrath of hurricanes.

“Now we need to use our strengths as we prepare as a nation to protect ourselves, families and neighbours against Covid-19.

“In this spirit, I am working closely with the Premier and finance minister on measures necessary to protect Bermuda.

“I'm encouraged with the Government's most recent actions.

“However, it is clear that more direction is needed, and it is needed now.

“There need to be stricter guidelines on public and private gatherings, the postponing of sporting and community events and immediate action for Government officers to work remotely.

“These are all measures that can be implemented immediately. Their delay will cost Bermuda. Their implementation now will benefit us all as we navigate this crisis.

“Bermuda, we will get through this and we will emerge stronger and better.”

Craig Cannonier, the One Bermuda Alliance leader (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published March 16, 2020 at 6:27 pm (Updated March 16, 2020 at 6:27 pm)

Cannonier: We can do it if we pull together

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