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Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2020. 1:25 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The Public Service Union of Belize (PSU) calls on the Government of Belize to close all non-essential government offices across the country to slow the spread of COVID-19.

In a statement, the PSU, which has responsibility for much of the more than 14,000 public officers employed by Government, says services for many Government departments are already depleted and transport is limited and it is important to limit infection.

However, it has told members not to apply for vacation leave as suggested by Government if public transport is ultimately halted, stating that Government must continue to provide such services.

With the growing awareness of the viral threat and the government’s significant restrictions on public life increase, the PSU says it cannot be business in the public service as usual. As such, in the midst of this growing health and economic crisis, coupled with a depleted and unsafe transport system, the Union calls on the Government to stop the unnecessary exposure of non-essential service Public Officers to the spread and contracting of the virus during this period of economic slowdown.

The PSU applauds all those bus owners who have taken the necessary steps to halt services in order to minimize the risk of exposure of Covid-19 to their workers and their families.

The Union ends by calling on its members to stay safe and applauds those on the frontlines who are working to stop the pandemic.

 

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