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Posted: Sunday, April 19, 2020. 9:17 am CST.

By BBN Staff: Belizeans are reminded that today marks the second Sunday under the Statutory Instrument 54 of 2020, which mandates a shutdown of 90 percent of the country.

Under these provisions non-essential businesses are to remain closed but some essential services (such as pharmacies and grocery stores) are required to close their doors as well. The only businesses that are allowed to operate today are food mills, oil production companies, the agro-processing sector (which includes sugar, citrus and approved food factories), port operations, public utilities, and private security companies.

Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte warned security companies last week that their workers are still subject to the eight o’ clock curfew and that violators will be arrested under the SOE power. He urged companies to adjust their operations into two 12-hour shifts to avoid persons traveling to or from work after eight o’clock.

The general public is reminded that, under these provisions, persons are only allowed to leave their homes for a medical emergency, anything else will be punishable by law. The 90 percent shutdown on a Sunday will end on Sunday, April 26.

Breaking Belize News (BBN) reminds that the provisions are in place for public safety and are being imposed to help battle the COVID-19 pandemic, which has claimed over 150,000 lives globally. According to the Ministry of Health, Belize’s confirmed infections remained at 18 for the last five days and we have only lost two lives to the virus.

BBN implores the public to stay home during this time to assist the national COVID-19 response.

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