By BBN Staff: Today, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams appealed to all Belizeans to follow the health and safety protocols currently in place with the updated State of Emergency regulations under Statutory Instrument 119/2020, which came into effect at midnight last night.
Williams took to his Facebook page, noting that the number of confirmed cases in Belize is rising and will continue to rise unless everyone acts responsibly and abides by the regulations. Williams stressed that non-essential movement, large gatherings, failure to social distance and improper mask usage has consequences for individuals and for Belize as a whole.
“If you have no reason to be on the street please stay home. We cannot say that we are afraid of the virus but yet we throwing parties inviting people from outside your household. We cannot be walking the streets without mask or with our mask under our chin. We cannot continue to be hanging out on the street corner with others drinking,” Williams said. “If it is that you do not care about yourself, at least do the right things for those you supposed to love and for the old and most vulnerable among us.”
The Commissioner also encouraged those who believe that they may have been infected to go to the hospital, get tested, and remain in isolation until the results are ready. He also called on those who have tested positive to remain in isolation until they have recovered from the virus.
Notably, police detained a doctor on Saturday for being out in public after testing positive for COVID-19. Williams said that after his quarantine, he will be charged for the offense.