Posted: Monday, April 27, 2020. 10:36 am CST.
By BBN Staff: While the Government of Belize (GOB) has adjusted the State of Emergency (SOE) regulations, the country is still implementing measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to dispel any confusion, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams made a statement on social media this morning, reminding several businesses that they are still to remain closed.
Williams took to Facebook to note that boutiques, hair salons, barber shops, and cosmetic stores are to remain closed. He also reminded restaurants that they can open, provided that they operate strictly take out, delivery or drive-through services.
“Please note that under SI (Statutory Instrument) 62 social distance changed from 3 feet to 6 feet if you are out please always ensure to maintain social distance. When traveling on any public transportation please remember that you must wear a mask. Most importantly stay at home if you do not have a need to be out,” Williams said.
His warnings come after several people were arrested over the weekend for SOE violations. Members of the public were arrested for being out for recreational purposes at a river, while some were arrested for going to a sand bar. Others were arrested for moving around without providing a valid reason under the SOE regulations, moving around during the established curfew, operating public transportation for hire during a state of emergency, and open burning of garbage.
Breaking Belize News (BBN) joins with the Belize Police Department to remind the public that the SOE regulations, while inconvenient or uncomfortable, are in place for the protection of all Belizeans during this deadly pandemic. Statistics show that COVID-19 has killed over 208,000 people globally as of April 26, almost 2/3’s of Belize’s estimated population, which emphasizes how real the threat is. We implore Belizeans to comply with the regulations and forego their enjoyment in the short-term, so that lives can be potentially saved and to be able to enjoy themselves later.
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