Checkpoints set up to enforce quarantines
Police and Royal Bermuda Regiment soldiers have teamed up to enforce Covid-19 quarantine and isolation restrictions, it was announced yesterday.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Martin Weekes warned that the power to detain offenders “will be considered where appropriate”.
He said seven “community advisory points” would be set up at key locations across the island to stop and check drivers against “a list of those who have been issued restrictions by the health department”.
Mr Weekes added that anyone who appeared on the list “and have no valid reason for being on the road will be instructed to return to their residence and to follow the requirements that have been issued to them by the health department”.
He said: “Their names will be taken and communicated to the health department for further actions to be taken.”
Major Ben Beasley, the Commanding Officer of the RBR, said: “This is just one of the ways we are able to assist the civil authorities and provide valuable back-up to maintain resilience in the island's response to this crisis — we're happy to help.
“The regiment will maintain its high state of alert. We are adaptable and capable of a flexible response to this and any other tasks which we might be asked to carry out by the Ministry of National Security.”
Major Beasley added: “Being able to rely on this dedicated body of soldiers is only possible because of comprehensive training and maintenance of our ethos and esprit d'corps.
“That is the spirit of the military in action.”
The first joint checkpoints were in operation last night, including one at Crow Lane roundabout near Hamilton and another at Rural Hill, Paget.
Mr Weekes appealed for the public to stick to rules designed to minimise the spread of the virus and “avoid any unnecessary movement as we all work together to flatten the curve”.
Mr Weekes added: “To that end, the Bermuda Police Service will be working with their colleagues in the RBR on methods to enforce these regulations as we seek to suppress the transfer of the Covid-19 virus through the control of unnecessary social movement and influencing of social-distancing.
“This is also in keeping with the requirements of the Quarantine Act to mitigate the risk presented by individuals and groups.”