Eliminate the use of Safe Key

Eliminate the use of Safe Key

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Michelle S started this petition to Bermuda Government and Ministry of Health

Safe Key has been detrimental to the Bermuda restaurant industry and small businesses that have already been hit hard over the last 2 years. Restaurants are closing and others laying off staff due to lack of business. Gym owners have witnessed significant decreases in membership due to the requirement of Safe Key. Social/sports clubs and bars have also been hit hard.

For the last two years Bermudians have largely complied with mandates, restrictions and curfews in the name of flattening the curve, easing the health care system, and eliminating the spread. Measures such as Safe Key contribute to excessive testing that overwhelms testing sites and MDL. The government does not provide sufficient resources for persons to obtain a Safe Key when one is required. This was evident with the failed reopening of schools and it is evident now with NO available spots to test for a Safe Key at any of the government testing sites for the month of January or February. This has had a knock on effect which has resulted in persons missing outbound flights, spending extra days in quarantine, and missing work days, waiting for test results. Persons testing for Safe Key have been receiving them after they have already expired.

Safe Key does not guarantee that users are infection-free because vaccinated /boosted persons are not required to test in order to get one. Evidence is clear that Omicron, which is the dominant variant, is infecting persons whether unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, fully vaccinated or boosted. So the Safe Key has run its useful course and is no longer a valid tool to limit the spread of the virus. The ONLY logical thing to do is to eliminate the Safe Key requirements. This will ease testing resources and enable those who need testing due to infection, close contacts and traveling purposes to get tested and to receive their results in a timely manner.

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