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Firms asked to e-mail occupancy queries

Businesses hoping to reopen in the second phase of the island’s return to normality were asked to send any requests for information about maximum occupancy levels by e-mail.A plea from the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service came after David Burt, the Premier, announced last night that shops will be allowed to accept customers inside their premises.But he added that the number of people will be limited to 20 per cent of the building’s maximum occupancy under fire regulations.A spokesman for the BFRS said today: “In anticipation of moving to Phase 2 of Government’s reopening (certain retail establishments), it is our intent to serve our community as efficiently and as promptly as possible.“However, due to the high demand of occupancy related requests ... we are requesting all information be submitted via e-mail to: fireprotection@gov.bm. “Therefore, in an effort to turnaround your request as quickly as possible, we will not be fielding questions via landline or office visits.”He explained that requests should include the names of both the building and the establishment or business, the address, the floor level and the square footage.The spokesman said: “In addition, please indicate if your building or establishment has a valid Fire Certificate.”