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People “stacked like sardines” just hours after shelter-in-place regulations were relaxed sparked a weekend warning from the national security minister.

Wayne Caines wrote on Twitter: “A party bus, beach parties, people stacked like sardines for Mr Chicken.

“You lot are not taking this thing serious.”

He added in another post: “John Smith's Bay was rammed. Social-distancing was thrown out the window. Come on! This is serious.

“To make things worse, the Gombeys were out as well today!! Clearly people don't understand what is at stake!!”

The tweets were made on Saturday, after beaches and parks were reopened and restrictions on stores and restaurants were eased.

Mr Caines a few hours later told the public to follow health guidance in a video message posted on social media.

He said: “Today I saw a video of a number of people herded together at a local restaurant.

“I saw another video of other people really close together at the beach.”

Mr Caines warned that police and Royal Bermuda Regiment soldiers would be on patrol to make sure that restaurants and other businesses followed social-distancing rules.

He told the public: “I have asked that you remember all the guidelines that were set out for restaurants, for beaches and other public facilities.”

Mr Caines added: “I think if we follow the rules, we can see ourselves going through the phases, but if we don't, we will have to make other considerations.

“As the Premier said, do not tear it.” Commissioner of Police Stephen Corbishley said on Twitter the police had received several calls about “guys acting like it's a national holiday, partying and ignoring all health guidance”.

He added in a video posted online yesterday: “I really am frustrated. We are just over 24 hours from shelter-in-place, and unfortunately we have some guys who are not following guidance from health, they're not following guidance from the Premier or the Government or anybody else.

“They are partying, not keeping their distance and there's a very real risk of going back to shelter-in-place.

“The changes support people's wellbeing. They are also there to stimulate the economy, but unless we observe the rules and the guidance, we will not be able to prevent this virus from spreading.

“We have all got to work together.”

The two were speaking after shelter-in-place regulations were relaxed at 6am on Saturday in phase one of a four-step return to normal life.

People were once again allowed to use beaches, parks and the Railway Trail and restaurants were allowed to resume takeout and delivery services.

But social-distancing policies to prevent the spread of Covid-19 remained in effect.

The Government said any trip from home should be for necessary business, exercise, to help a vulnerable person, buy groceries or medicine or for healthcare reasons.

An advisory said: “Social visits should be avoided. Gatherings of more than ten persons are prohibited in public places or private residences.

“At all times, practise physical distancing of six feet between persons.

“Wear a cloth/homemade face masks in indoor public places to protect others.”

A group selfie spread on social media hours after the shelter-in-place regulations were lifted
Busy beach: the car park at John Smith's Bay after shelter-in-place restrictions were eased (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
An image spread on social media of people gathered at the entrance of Mr Chicken on Queen Street

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Published May 04, 2020 at 9:00 am (Updated May 04, 2020 at 9:04 am)

Caines shows frustration with party animals

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