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Michael Dunkley and the OBA cannot have it both ways on Covid

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Owen Darrell is a government senator and the Junior Minister for the Cabinet Office, Education and Public Works

On January 10, Michael Dunkley shared the skyrocketing Omicron case numbers and said: “Let’s wear our mask and keep our bubble tight.” The graphic that he shared said: “Not good, let’s do all we can to stop the spread.” Then, on January 13, he called for a complete end to all Covid-19 restrictions.

Clearly, Mr Dunkley and the One Bermuda Alliance are trying to have it both ways on Covid.

One minute, they want you to believe that they are truly concerned about your health and safety. Then the next minute, they are suddenly pandering to those who want us to not wear masks indoors as Omicron spreads.

Throughout the entirety of the pandemic, the OBA has been on all sides of the issue, twisting in the political wind. With Omicron surging worldwide and locally, now is not the time to, as Mr Dunkley says, “lift all restrictions”.

This Progressive Labour Party’s government’s first priority is the safety of our country and its citizens. In consultation with its local and international advisers, the following requirements will continue to be in effect as of Friday, January 21, 2022 for two weeks:

• Masks must be worn indoors and, also, outdoors when you are within six feet of another person

• For restaurants, bars and clubs, tables will be limited to a maximum of ten people and must be spaced six feet apart. SafeKey will continue to be required for these indoor settings

• Churches will be open; however, all members must wear masks — the officiants, congregation and choirs

• Gyms can remain open, but SafeKey must continue to be used and physical distancing must be observed

• Personal care services: SafeKey is recommended for those services that require masks to be removed

• To automatically renew your SafeKey, individuals whose second dose is older than six months must have a booster. The implementation of this policy has been extended and will be effective February 15, 2022.

• Curfew expired as of 5am on January, 20 2022

• Maximum group sizes will remain at 20 people

It is time to protect ourselves and the most vulnerable through this surge as safely as possible.

Michael Dunkley and the OBA cannot change their minds every time they read an online article. Your government is balancing all advice received while trying to keep our education system and the economy functioning.

It is easy for Mr Dunkley to switch his position, as he is not the one being held accountable for anything other than cheap Facebook likes. Let’s minimise the politics and work on moving forward together.

Owen Darrell is a government senator and the Junior Minister for the Cabinet Office, Education and Public Works

Owen Darrell is a government senator and the Junior Minister for the Cabinet Office, Education and Public Works

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Published January 20, 2022 at 8:00 am (Updated January 20, 2022 at 9:30 am)

Michael Dunkley and the OBA cannot have it both ways on Covid

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