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Burt cautious on airport reopening

Government will take a “disciplined approach” to reopen the island's borders, the Premier said.

David Burt said the reopening of the airport was still some time away, but that Government would move carefully.

He said on Wednesday: “I think it's still early days, and given that we are just entering phase one and reopening the airport is two phases later, we haven't come to specifics.

“One of the things my fintech adviser tells me is it's not always best to be first. Sometimes it's better to find out what other people are doing and then do a better job.

“We are going to take a deliberate look at it, and we are not necessarily going to open up our borders prematurely if it means we are going to see more cases here in Bermuda.”

He added: “We are going to take a disciplined approach.

“Right now, our approach works. They come here, they spend 14 days in quarantine, they are tested before they leave and if they don't test negative, they have to remain in quarantine. That has worked well.”

The comments came after several Caribbean islands announced that they would seek “Covid passports” from visitors when they reopen their doors.

Antigua and Barbuda have announced they may require tourists to undergo rapid testing for Covid-19 before they can fly.

The Bahamas and Haiti have said they will require Covid-19 test results from residents stranded overseas before they are allowed to return to the islands.

Mr Burt said there had been many discussions about how to reopen Bermuda's tourism industry.

He added he would like to see the industry reopen as soon as possible — but only when it is safe to do so.

David Burt, the Premier (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

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Published May 08, 2020 at 11:10 am (Updated May 08, 2020 at 11:10 am)

Burt cautious on airport reopening

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