Police warning on parks, pedal bikes
The public were warned that parks were off-limits – and that bikes should not be used during the stay-at-home period unless for reasons specified within the regulations, police said today.
A spokesman said: “The Bermuda Police Service wishes to remind the public that as with the previous “Shelter in Place” Regulations from 2020, the 2021 “Stay at Home” Regulations specifically prohibit the use of pedal cycles for recreation/exercise on Bermuda’s highways.
“If, however, your pedal cycle is your normal mode of transport and you are using it to go to and from work or attend a permitted business/medical appointment, then that use is allowed under the current Regulations as if you were using a car or motorcycle.
“The BPS reminds the public that under the current regulations, exercise has been restricted to within a one kilometre radius of your home, on foot by yourself or with one other household member.”
Police gave a reminder that under the emergency regulations, parks are off limits.
Access is not allowed on the Railway Trail, all public parks and beaches, all playgrounds, and golf courses, either for recreation or for exercise.
The spokesman said a first offence for breaking the restrictions could come with a $6,000 fine.
A second offence could lead to a fine of $10,000 and/or three months’ imprisonment.
Martin Weekes, the Assistant Commissioner of Police, said the aim was “not to arrest people and bring them before the courts, but rather to ensure compliance with the stay at home regulations”.
He added: “However, those who choose not to comply can expect to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”