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Posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2020. 9:35 am CST.

By BBN Staff: Several businesses and bus lines have announced that they are closing operations until further notice in an effort to reduce the exposure and spread of covid-19.

Prime Minister Dean Barrow yesterday announced that the first case of covid-19 was confirmed in San Pedro Ambergris Caye.

Following that announcement, the island was placed on mandatory quarantine and a State of Emergency was announced for the island.

All around the country today, stores and bus lines have announced that they are closing operations to avoid the spread of the deadly virus.

In San Ignacio, Computer Excel, Buena Vista Development Limited, Cayo Bargains Center, San Ignacio Resort Hotel, Palma’s Lumber and Supplies, Santa Elena Furniture Gallery, Maria Estella Beauty salon and many others have closed down operations until further notice.

The Dibary group of companies also announced that they are closing down stores countrywide.

Central Bargain Center on Queen Street in Belize City and Capital Bargain Center in Belmopan have also closed.

Last night, bus lines, R. Tillet, Valencia’s and Morales Transports suspended transportation services.

Belizeans all over the country are taking the necessary precautions without there being a mandatory quarantine.

Among the many concerns of this pandemic is the economic impact on all Belizeans. There have been many petitions calling on the Government to provide some kind of relief with the bill payments of basic services such as electricity and water.

As for financial institutions, the Belize Bank informed that it is assisting affected members by having a moratorium on loan payments, reduced loan payments, free waiver of loan payments, waivers of late payment fees among others.

Scotia, Atlantic and Heritage Banks are yet to share of any immediate financial assistance that will be provided to customers.

The Government of Belize informed that a  press conference will be held on Wednesday, March 25th to present economic relief measures in order to ease the burden on Belizeans who are being affected by this crisis.

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