On Monday, March 15th, www.islandstats.com requested a response from the Government addressing several questions from frustrated local sportspersons.
For a fact: Certain Local Sports have yet to be given any confirmed information regarding a start date, however, in the last few hours, things have appeared showing that the same is not being done for foreigners in a sailing event.
1. Some Bermuda Sports have been told they will have to restart their sport without fans, however just today SailGP has announced ways to purchase tickets, both on land and sea.
2. Hamilton Princess is offering private jet packages for the SailGP event, they are offering people to come to Bermuda, persons will start the trip two days before the event and depart one day after.
It would appear that the restrictions that locals have been facing for months will be lifted just in time for this event to take place.
In response to the questions a Government Spokesperson stating, “Contact Sports, whose players have received the required Covid testing, have been moved to Stage 4 of the Return to Play guidance.
Stage 4 includes the emergency measures’ Covid restrictions. Therefore as there is a prohibition on groups over 25, some contact sports cannot play. One or two sports have applied for exemptions to have larger groups.
SailGP started its application process on February 1st and prepared detailed Covid protocols with the understanding that with this pandemic, restrictions and guidance can change.
SailGP would like to sell on-land experiences, and they have applied to the Ministry of National Security for an exemption but isn’t doing so as they have not been approved as yet.
There is a corporate hospitality program being offered by the Hamilton Princess. According to the operation plan SailGP submitted, guests for corporate hospitality are contained to 25-person pods outdoors at Hamilton Princess 1609 and the Hamilton Princess Marina.
All non-immunized visitors are subject to the travelers’ first 14 days guidance which restricts them from attending large events. They could do a private boat hire and watch the race from the water. That would not be outside the existing protocols. Immunized visitors would be able to join in the activities subject to group size limitations in place at the time.”