Posted: Thursday, August 6, 2020. 8:51 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: Effective at midnight tonight, the villages of Santa Martha, Guinea Grass and Shipyard and all of Ambergris Caye are under lockdown.
No one can go in, and no one can go out, Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte announced tonight, except for emergency medical services and limited grocery purchases.
And Peyrefitte made his displeasure clear that Belize has had to roll back to the “bad old days” of the national State of Emergency, at least in certain areas.
Curfew is in effect from 8 p.m. starting on Friday night and continuing to 5 a.m. Saturday morning, meaning no one should be on the street or outside of their homes during that time period except for national security and health workers who are on duty or if you have a pass badge from the Ministry.
Minors must be in by 8 p.m. and after six p.m. can only be out with a parent or guardian.
Public gatherings are limited to ten persons except if the gatherers share a common address.
The Police, Defence Force and Coast Guard have been asked to be “extra aggressive” within the law in enforcement of regulations; tolerance of the joking around and flouting of regulations is now “below zero”, the A.G.
Fishing for sport is barred and certain businesses have been regulated to be essential and allowed to open in these areas between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Restaurants can be opened between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. only for delivery and take-out.
Non-essential activities and businesses stay closed.
The regulations are in effect for 14 days.
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