By BBN Staff: Statutory Instrument No. 65, which brings new modifications to the State of Emergency (SOE) regulations, is now officially law and Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte wants the public to know that the regulations will apply to ALL municipalities in the country.
The new regulations include an expansion of the types of businesses approved for reopening to include professional services such as law offices and engineering firms, wholesale and retailers, and other such businesses that are open to provide goods and services to the government departments deemed as essential. Boutiques, salons, and barbershops are allowed to reopen provided that they open by appointment only and have no more than two people in the establishment at a time with safe social distancing.
Movement is still restricted to the purchase of food, medical supplies, or for emergency health purposes or for moving to and from employment for approved businesses.
“The rules that I am reading are for the entire country of Belize,” Peyrefitte said. “No part of Belize is allowed to have its own rules. No municipality, no district, now town, no city can have it sown rules. And yes San Pedro is a part of Belize and so the rules in San Pedro are the rules that I am reading right here. And yes, Belmopan is a part of Cayo.”
The remarks were in response to an amended set of regulations that were released by San Pedro’s Mayor and Area Representative this week, which garnered condemnation from Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Police Commissioner Chester Williams.