Updated Mask Guidance for Immunised Persons
The below relaxations apply to immunised persons only.
- (persons are immunised when two weeks have passed following their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine)
- Masks are not required when gathering with other immunised persons, except in certain crowded and high risk settings or venues (e.g. gyms).
- However, persons with medical vulnerabilities should continue to wear masks if physical distancing cannot be maintained.
- Masks are not required except in certain crowded and high risk settings or venues.
Given that Bermuda is still in community transmission, it is important to know that key public health measures will continue to be in force. These include having a curfew, limiting the size of gatherings and the number of people seated at a table and, most important, wearing a mask indoors where physical distancing cannot be achieved or the vaccination status of the people around you is unknown. To review the latest COVID-19 Restrictions for both immunised and non-immunised persons click here.
If physical distancing of 6feet (2 meters) cannot be maintained from others you must wear a mask. Unless you are:
- at home;
- with members of your household;
- eating or drinking;
- doing high exertion exercise (see guidance); or
- A child under the age of 2yrs (see guidance).
This mask requirement includes, but is not limited to:
Workers at all workplace premises - in accordance with the relevant guidance
Passengers onboard public transport or in taxis
When visiting any establishment (indoor or outdoor) (e.g. grocery store, shop, bank, office, gallery etc) unless otherwise allowed by specific guidance.
School children in accordance with the relevant guidance
In public places (streets or parks) when other people are present and 6feet distance cannot be maintained.
Children and Face Coverings
Mask wearing for children must strike a balance between the benefits and risk of health and social measures. Children under 10-years-old are less likely to wear masks correctly and are more likely to fiddle with the masks which increases the touching of their faces. Children may also suffer from complications with asthma, allergies and other respiratory illness and injury from the mask ties. All of which would decrease the usefulness of the mask.
Therefore you must not:
- Put a mask on a child who is under two-years-old or would struggle with taking it off by themselves
- Have a child under the age of 10-years-old wear a mask all day at a school, camp or day care
How to wear a mask
For most of us, wearing a mask or face covering is new and we’re not used to the feeling. If it is a bit stuffy, you are probably wearing it right! And the most important thing is NOT TO FIDGET with the mask/face covering. Once it is on, leave it on while you are out in public e.g. grocery store, pharmacy, etc.
To wear a mask properly you must:
- Wear your mask so it comes all the way up, close to the bridge of your nose, and all the way down under your chin.
- Do your best to tighten the loops or ties so it’s snug around your face, without gaps
How to use a mask
The cloth face coverings (masks) are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for helathcare workers and other medical first responders.
- To safely remove a used cloth face covering, you should be careful not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth. Wash your hand immediately after removing.
- A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a cloth face covering
- The cloth face covering should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use
Review guidance in the graphic below or here: Suitable COVID-19 Masks
Review guidance in the graphics below or here: Ways to Increase Mask Protection
- Children and Face Coverings Flyer
- Do's and Do Nots of Wearing Masks
- Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 Flyer