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City to gradually bring back services

The City of Hamilton has explained how it will gradually reinstate services when the island leaves the shelter in place period.

A spokeswoman said that the City will “continue to follow the Government's lead” as Bermuda makes its way into the first of four phases designed to limit the spread of Covid-19.

She explained: “With restaurants and retailers looking to resume their businesses, the City is in full support of kerbside service and will work with those businesses as well as the Chamber of Commerce for any industry needs as people transform safely to the new normal and move through the phases of recovery.

“As the recovery progresses, the City will ramp up its services as necessary to accommodate.”

The spokeswoman said that fees would return to all City car parks from Monday, May 4, with barriers in use.

She added: “Motorists can be assured that sanitising of the pay stations will be carried out on a regular basis.

“The City's green spaces will open on Monday morning as crews are deployed over the weekend to ensure that they are safe for public use.

“The public are reminded to abide by the social distancing guidelines in the parks, as directed by Government, and to keep groups to no more than ten people at any given time.

“Where possible, street furniture, including picnic benches will be moved and relocated to accommodate social distancing.

“All public washrooms in the City will be reopened as of Monday with increased sanitising every two hours.”

The spokeswoman explained that garbage collection will increase to the regular twice a day, on Monday to Friday, and once a day at weekends.

She said: “Refreshed road marking has also been carried out throughout the City with additional areas still to be scheduled.”

But the spokeswoman said: “Reception services at City Hall and the Works Depot will remain closed at this time.

“The health and safety of the public as well as City staff is paramount at this time and the City is fully committed to Phase One of the recovery and will operate as such.”

She added: “As the City adapts to the needs and guidelines in Phase One, City services will adjust as necessary.”

Day 1 after Covid-19 was announced in Bermuda. Front Street, Hamilton (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published May 01, 2020 at 6:09 pm (Updated May 01, 2020 at 6:09 pm)

City to gradually bring back services

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