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Roadside spot checks are doing more harm than good

Dear Sir,

As much as I appreciate police officers putting themselves in harm's way for the safety of Bermudians, the quarantine roadside checks are a perfect recipe for spreading a virus:

1, The police officers are approaching drivers in their cars at a proximity that is in direct contradiction with the Bermuda Government's social-distancing advisory

2, The police officers are not wearing gloves or masks when interacting with drivers

3, Police officers are handling driver's identification. If, God forbid, any driver and their identification is infected, that police officer is now carrying the virus, which is then transmitted to the next driver that the police interacts with — and so on. And the viral transmission could still happen even if the police were wearing gloves

If the police have a list of people that should be in quarantine, simply do a home check to make sure these people are at home, rather than trying to catch them on the roads and putting everyone at risk. The roadside checks should end now. The potential for virus spreading is too great.



A checkpoint set up to enforce quarantines by the Bermuda Police Service and Royal Bermuda Regiment at Barnes Corner (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published March 28, 2020 at 9:00 am (Updated March 28, 2020 at 4:38 am)

Roadside spot checks are doing more harm than good

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