Bermuda imposes tougher COVID-19 restrictions as cases soar

The Government of Bermuda has introduced tougher restrictions  after a surge of coronavirus cases saw 40 recorded in the past three days up to Sunday.

Premier of Bermuda David Burt

As a result, the curfew period was lengthened and the number of people allowed at gatherings will be cut from 25 to 10.

In making the announcement late Saturday, Premier David Burt said starting Sunday, night-time lockdown will now begin at 11:00 pm instead of midnight, but it will still end at 5:00 am.

Burt also said clubs and bars will be banned from serving customers indoors and outdoor service will be at tables only — with the group size reduced to six.

According to Education Minister Diallo Rabain, Government schools may return to remote learning if cases continue to rise.

The increased restrictions will be in force for at least three weeks.

Bermuda has now had a total of 789 confirmed cases — 68 of them active. There have been 12 fatalities from the virus.