Posted: Wednesday, April 8, 2020. 6:08 am CST.
By BBN Staff: Beginning 8 last night, the entire Cayo District was placed under quarantine due to the threat of covid-19.
The new Statutory Instrument indicated that the quarantine applies to Cayo District- means the whole of the area described by electoral divisions namely Belmopan Electoral Division, Cayo Central Electoral Division, Cayo North-East Electoral Division, Cayo North Electoral Division, Cayo South Electoral Division and Cayo West Electoral Division which is more particularly described in the First Schedule to the Representation of the People Act;
For the purposes of preventing, controlling, containing and suppressing the spread of the infectious disease COVID 19, the following businesses, service or offices may operate during the period of public emergency declared by Proclamation only, and if that business, service or office decides to operate, that business, service or office shall operate for such periods as may be determined by the management, between the hours of–
(a) 5:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.–
(i) fuel stations, fuel depots, LPG suppliers, LPS depots and LPG
(ii) agro-processors, food and carbonated and other beverage
provided that only agroprocessors and food manufacturers shall be allowed to operate in the Cayo District for a period of fourteen days from the commencement of these Regulations,
(iii) agricultural and aquaculture farms;
(v) waste disposal and sanitation companies and auxiliary personnel;
(vi) productive sector industries, personnel and auxiliary workers (potable water production; agricultural workers);
(vii) public transportation providers, provided however that no public transportation providers except for taxis shall operate in the Cayo District for a period of fourteen days from the commencement of these Regulations provided further that taxis allowed to operate under this paragraph shall not operate from any taxi stand,
(b) 5:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., bakeries and tortilla factories;
(c) 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., markets (agricultural produce, fish and meat);
(d) 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., the following establishments–
(ii) hotels, villas and other rental accommodations, provided that hotels, villas and other rental accommodations shall not be open for general business to the public and shall be opened only for the purposes of maintenance and housekeeping by its employees; and provided further that where a hotel, villa or establishment houses a restaurant, that restaurant shall offer only services of takeout or drive thru,
(iii) store front outlets for essential businesses (public utilities companies), provided however that store front outlets for essential businesses (public utilities companies) shall not operate in the Cayo District for a period of fourteen days from the commencement of these Regulations;
(iv) service of take-out or drive thru’ facility only, at restaurants, saloons, diners and other similar establishments, provided however that service of take-out or drive thru’ facility only, at restaurants, saloons, diners and other similar establishments shall not operate in the Cayo District for a period of fourteen days from the commencement of these Regulations,
(v) international delivery services by international delivery service providers (such as DHL, Federal Express (FedEx) Amerijet, etc.);
(vi) domestic delivery services related strictly to meals, groceries, medical supplies and equipment;
(vii) wholesalers of goods and services directly related to an approved business allowed to operate under these Regulations– provided that the wholesalers shall operate only to supply, to an approved business allowed to operate under these Regulations, by delivery only but such wholesaler shall not be open for business to
the general public, provided further that where a business is both a wholesaler
and a retailer shall, that business shall, for the purposes of these Regulations, operate as a wholesaler only,
(viii) the Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Centre (and any research undertaken or being done),
(e) 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the following establishments–
(i) convenience stores, food stores, supermarkets, meat shops, butchers, distributors and factories of carbonated and other beverages, including spirits (excluding potable water) and food,
provided however that distributors and factories of carbonated and other beverages, including spirits (excluding potable water) shall not operate in the Cayo District for a period of fourteen days from the commencement of these Regulations,
(ii) mechanic shops, garages and auto parts stores,
provided however that mechanic shops, garages and auto parts stores shall not be open to the general public in the Cayo District for a period of fourteen days from the commencement of these Regulations, but during that period, shall provide services to the essential services sector operating in the Cayo District,
(f) 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., financial institutions (including commercial banks, credit unions, money lending institutions, money transfer institutions, pawn shops;
(g) twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week–
(i) food mills;
(ii) sugar, citrus and other approved food production factories;
(iii) oil production and drilling for oil exploration;
(iv) port operations and services connected with the loading and unloading of ships and aircrafts, and delivery to and from ports;
(v) public utilities and independent energy producers which provide energy to public utilities,
(h) between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., all offices listed in Schedule II,
provided that offices listed in Schedule II situated in the Cayo District shall be closed for a period of fourteen days from the commencement of these Regulations.
(2) The following establishments shall close and remain closed for a period of fourteen days from the commencement of these Regulations–
(a) construction and construction sites (private and commercial);
(b) hardware stores.
(3) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in subregulation (1), no businesses, services or offices except for those listed under subregulation (1) (g), shall operate in the Cayo District on a Sunday.
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