Return to School and Day Care after Travel Guidance

Updated April 14th 2021 

Bermuda is presently under a 7-day Stay at Home Order (as of 5am on Tuesday April 13th 2021).

During this period only permitted businesses are allowed to operate between the hours of 7am and 7pm. Those permitted businesses are:

  • Grocery stores 
  • Pharmacies
  • Banks (limited services) 
  • Gas stations
  • Offices of registered health professionals, clinics, hospital or other health facilities (including veterinary surgeries).

Additionally, grocery shopping will return to alphabetized days of shopping by surname, as outlined here

Click here to review the Premier's full statement for further details.

Click here to review the Public Health (COVID-19 Emergency Powers) (Stay At Home) Regulations 2021 for further details.

Schools are closed and must therefore provide remote learning. However, camps or day cares for essential workers remain open.

The Ministry of Health advises against non-essential travel off the island for all Bermuda residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. If travel is necessary, however, the Ministry of Health has developed guidance for the Safe Return to Work after Travel. Below outlines the guidance schools and day cares shall use to implement policies for teachers, staff, children and parents in school and day care settings. The guidance requirements are the minimum recommended for schools and day cares, but more stringent policies may be implemented based on the school and day care’s risk assessment.

*Please note that the COVID-19 vaccine is not available for children. As a result, the travel protocols for children remain the same as they were prior to the introduction of the vaccine (as listed in the first point below).

If a school age child travels and returns home, then he/ she should:

a) Ideally remain at home for 14 days

b) Not be in school until after the traveller’s day 8 negative test result in accordance with a medium risk setting of the Safe Return to Work after Travel Guidance.

c) Participate in mobile quarantine

d) Conduct remote learning

If a school age child's household member travels, or the household of a school age child has a visitor (family member or other), unless he/she is quarantining somewhere else, the child should:

a) Ideally remain at home for 14 days

b) Not be in school until after the traveller’s day 8 negative test result in accordance with a medium risk setting of the Safe Return to Work after Travel Guidance.

c) Participate in mobile quarantine

d) Conduct remote learning

NOTE:

If immunized household members travel but the school age child does not travel, he/she can still go to school.

If two household members travel but only one is immunized and school child does not travel then child must follow same protocols listed above, as if the child had travelled as well.

If a teacher/school staff member travels and returns home, he/she should:

a) Ideally remain at home for 14 days

b) If considered essential to the operations of school may return after day 8 negative test result. They will need to wear face mask, practice hand washing and maintain 6 feet physical distancing.

c) Participate in mobile quarantine

d) If an immunized teacher/school staff member travels, the teacher/school staff member can go to school but should practice workplace isolation to the greatest extent possible.

 

WeHealth Bermuda App

The Bermuda Government launched the WeHealth Bermuda app in an effort to closely monitor the local developments of COVID-19 and ultimately help control the spread of the virus. WeHealth Bermuda is a new smartphone application that provides anonymous COVID-19 exposure notifications, and it is one of the world's most sophisticated apps of its kind.

All Bermudians and visitors to the island are strongly encouraged to download the app for free from the App Store or Google Play. It will run on iPhone models 6S and above with iOS version 13.7 installed. Android users can use the app if their phone supports Bluetooth Low Energy and Android Version 6 (API 23) or above.

Learn more about WeHealth here

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