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On-the-spot fines for Covid-19 rule breaches to be tabled in House of Assembly

Legislation to introduce fixed penalties for breaches of Covid-19 restrictions is expected to be tabled in the House of Assembly this morning.

The Government announced plans earlier this year to introduce on-the-spot fines for some offences related to the coronavirus crisis.

But Renee Ming, the Minister of National Security, said it was unlikely that the change would be retroactive and that people who had already been ticketed would need to appear before the courts.

Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, will table an amendment to extend the public health emergency – which was scheduled to end later this month – for another two months.

Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch will deliver a statement on the decision to rescind approval for the purchase of the Sandys 360 sports centre, which closed in 2013.

The House of Assembly had approved the purchase of the failed venture for $1 million and the amount had been budgeted.

But the Minister said last March that Government had received a legal opinion that suggested the sports centre's Board of Governors would still have a say in the future of the site even after a sale.

Col Burch said at the time: “If that is the case, and I will put you on notice, we ain't buying it.”

The House will also debate the Bermuda Plan 2018 and a take-note motion on Bermuda’s Economic Plan Summary Report, tabled earlier by Curtis Dickinson, the Minister of Finance.

Mr Dickinson is expected to table the National Pension Scheme (Occupational Pensions) Amendment Act 2021 and the Economic Substance Amendment Act 2021.

Ms Ming will table the 2020 reports for the Parole Board and the Treatment of Offenders Board.

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Published June 04, 2021 at 7:52 am (Updated June 04, 2021 at 7:40 am)

On-the-spot fines for Covid-19 rule breaches to be tabled in House of Assembly

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