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Posted: Thursday, April 30, 2020. 3:26 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte stressed at length today that despite the relaxing of some of the State of Emergency regulations the curfew is still in place and violators will be arrested.

Peyrefitte noted that under the updated regulations, which sees businesses being allowed to open for longer periods of time, the curfew for children being on the street, while accompanied by an adult, has been moved from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. to allow for working people to pick their children up from baby sitters on their way home from work. He emphasized that persons on the street with children between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. will need to prove to police, if asked, that they are on the street with a legitimate purpose or they will be charged with an offense.

He also labored the point that anyone on the street after 8 p.m. must be an on-duty essential worker.

“Not because you’re a police officer means you have the right to be out there at midnight. You must be on duty. And we have had situations where we have arrested a police officer or two for breaking curfew,” Peyrefitte said.

Approved persons to be on the street post 8 p.m. include police officers, Belize Defense Force Soldiers, Coast Guard Officers, front-line medical personnel, customs agents, immigration officers and other Schedule 1 workers as approved by the regulations, granted that they are in the commission of official duties.

 

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