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Top marks from US editor for Bermuda’s Covid-19 response

Sharon Fisher, editor of the Idaho Business Review (Picture from newspaper site)

Bermuda’s strict rules to combat Covid-19 have been highlighted by the editor of a US business newspaper on a visit to the island.

Sharon Fisher of the Idaho Business Review, a weekly newspaper based in the state capitol of Boise, gave the island top marks for its response to the global crisis.

She highlighted that that she had to be tested before she flew to Bermuda.

Ms Fisher added: “I was tested on arrival, and quarantined until I got the result.

“I will be tested three more times in the next two weeks, and restricted in my activities until then.”

Ms Fisher wrote that she was required to wear a wristband for two weeks and would be “quarantined and fitted with an electronic bracelet” if she removed it.

She added: “The fine for not wearing a mask is $500 for the first offence, and $1,000 after that.

“You know how many new cases Bermuda had so far this week? One.”

The state in the Pacific Northwest is under Stage 3 restrictions, which include a limit on gatherings to a maximum of 50, recommended mask wearing indoors and 6ft social distancing.

Ms Fisher said she hoped the state would not have “a surge in new cases, especially as we learn that the new, more virulent strain is now in five of the six states surrounding Idaho”.

The island’s low rate of coronavirus infections recorded last week came as Cabinet resolved last Tuesday to extend a curfew from midnight to 5am for at least two more weeks.

The article was the second most read on the Review’s website yesterday.

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Published February 08, 2021 at 8:54 am (Updated February 08, 2021 at 8:54 am)

Top marks from US editor for Bermuda’s Covid-19 response

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