Posted: Wednesday, April 1, 2020. 1:58 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: The Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) announced today that it is closing its doors to the public as a safety measure as the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic continues.
“In keeping with social distancing requirements, data collection exercises that involve face-to-face interviews are temporarily suspended until it is deemed safe to resume such activities,” the SIB said.
The institute added that the measures are being put in place as a precaution to protect its staff and clients; however, the work of the SIB will carry on and its staff will be working from home until further notice.
The SIB said that it will continue to produce its key economic indicators as per its calendar of releases and will also continue to take data requests from the public.
“Additionally, the Institute’s management and staff will continue to provide the necessary support to the government’s COVID-19 monitoring efforts,” the SIB added.
The announcement is the latest adjustment that the SIB has made in response to the national situation with COVID-19. In March, the SIB announced that the Population and Housing Census, which was scheduled to begin in May, will be postponed until 2021 due to the pandemic.
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