By BBN Staff: Before COVID-19 brought the world to a standstill in many respects, many Belizeans looked forward to Sunday mornings to try their luck on the widely popular gambling game, Boledo; however, even with new relaxed State of Emergency (SOE) measures, the Government of Belize (GOB) has decided to keep the game restricted for the next two months.
Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte explained this week that the decision to keep Boledo off of the list of approved businesses to reopen was taken after looking at the possible social impact that allowing the game to be played might have.
“We’re in a state of Emergency, the economy has shrunk so much the tax base has eroded and the government has to be providing a lot of social help to the people, we do not want people taking money to gamble. So Boledo is not allowed. We want people to use whatever resources they receive for food and water and to help with their shelter, Peyrefitte said.
He stressed that all resources the public has during the SOE should be going towards obtaining their basic needs. On May 1, Statutory Instrument no. 65 came into law and will remain in place tentatively until June 30. Peyrefitte said that there is a possibility of the measures being relaxed further before June 30, but those determinations will be made going forward.