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Government reviewing Covid-19 quarantine regulations

Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Quarantine guidance for Covid-19 is being reassessed, the Government has confirmed.

As of August 31, government mandates require anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 to isolate for at least a week and complete contact-tracing provisions.

But a spokeswoman for the health ministry said: “The Ministry of Health is reviewing its guidance.

“While updates are expected, it is important for the community to remember that Covid-19 remains easily transmissible, which will continue to warrant isolation on the part of positive cases.”

Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, announced at the end of September that the emergency powers enacted to tackle the pandemic would be lifted by November 30.

Mask wearing was scaled back to healthcare facilities, rest homes and corrections facilities at the start of this month, and by October 25 the requirement for pre-arrival and pre-departure testing, arrival testing and day-four testing for travellers will be dropped.

All mask mandates and border controls related to Covid-19 will end on November 30.

Michael Dunkley, the Shadow Minister of Health, reminded the public that it was important to be vigilant about their health and to take necessary precautions regardless of relaxing restrictions.

He said: “Even though Covid cases have fallen, it is important for all of us to continue to protect ourselves and those around us from the coronavirus.

“As we can clearly see, it has not been fully eradicated in Bermuda and is easily transmissible.”

Mr Dunkley added: “Without a doubt, we have to continue to live with Covid responsibly and keeping the best interest of every resident in Bermuda in mind.

“If one is not feeling well, get tested. And if you test positive for Covid, isolate until you test negative.”

For more information on quarantine rules, click here.

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Published October 13, 2022 at 7:55 am (Updated October 13, 2022 at 7:30 am)

Government reviewing Covid-19 quarantine regulations

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