BPS Aware of Upcoming Peaceful Protest Re: COVID-19 Regulations

Mon, 2021-03-22

The Bermuda Police Service, (BPS) is aware of a WhatsApp message circulating, inviting members of the community to attend a peaceful protest on the grounds of the Cabinet Office, starting at 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday 24th March, this coming Wednesday.

Addressing the situation, Martin Weekes, Assistant Commissioner of Police said: “The BPS supports peaceful legal protest, as evidenced by the policing of other large scale marches in the last few years including the Black Lives Matter March last year.

However, we wish to remind the public that the newly announced COVID regulations enacted this past weekend, stipulates that the curfew now commences at 11:00pm to 5am.

Persons found out during the curfew will be stopped and questioned as to whether or not they are exempted under the Regulations. Those who are not exempted will be reported for summons to appear in court for breach of COVID regulations.

There has been no Large Group Gathering exemption granted by the Ministry of National Security for this event.

The BPS will be working with the organisers to find alternative ways for them to make their views known, whilst abiding by the current regulations.”

Please continue to do your part to prevent the spread of the virus during the ongoing pandemic and ensure you give yourselves ample time to get home prior to 11:00 p.m.