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Posted: Monday, April 13, 2020. 9:21 am CST.

By BBN Staff: The latest update from the Belize Police Department says that 94 people were arrested on Easter Sunday for State of Emergency (SOE) rules violations.

Commissioner of Police Chester Williams said that a total of 67 people were arrested for “Movement outside of curfew,” some 21 people were arrested for “Unable to provide reasons for movement outside of curfew period,” and six people were arrested for “Breach of curfew.”

“In addition, 9 persons were summoned for the offense of unable to provide reasons for movement outside of curfew period in San Ignacio and one person was arrested and charged for spreading false news,” Williams said.

Sunday was treated as a special day under the SOE regulations, with a 90 percent shutdown of the entire country. Unlike the other quarantine days, even pharmacies, grocery stores, and establishments selling food were required to close. The only reason persons were pardoned for leaving their homes was if they had a medical emergency or if they were among the 10 percent of entities that had permission to continue operations.

Williams noted on several occasions that the department would remain diligent in arresting SOE violators to underscore the severity of the situation the country faces with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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