By BBN Staff: As Belize rolls out stringent measures in an attempt to manage the current spike in COVID-19 cases, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams issued an update this morning, detailing the current measures which came into effect as of midnight last night with Statutory Instrument 119/2020.
The current curfew hours are Sunday to Thursday: 8:00 pm to 5:00 am; Friday and Saturday 10:00 pm to 5:00 am. Under the regulations, no child under the age of 16 shall be out in public unaccompanied by a parent or guardian after 6:00 pm.
Exercising is still being allowed at this time but those out must practice social distancing. All persons walking or running for exercise must do so 6 feet apart, cyclists must ride in single file. Recreational contact sports are currently prohibited.
“All business places must close one hour before the curfew starts; it does not matter what your trade license says. Sunday to Thursday all businesses must close at 7:00 pm while Friday & Saturday, businesses must close at 9:00 pm or whatever your trade license says whichever is earlier. If your trade license says you close at 8:00 pm then you close at 8:00 pm If it says at 12:00 midnight, you close at 9:00 pm,” Williams said.
All casinos are to remain closed.
With respect to being out in public, Williams notes that all persons casually riding motorcycles or bicycles must now wear a mask. Every person out in public must practice social distancing but if space in the workplace does not permit such, face masks must be worn.
No more than 10 persons can socially gather together at any given time. Restaurants cannot seat more than 10 people and each table must be six feet apart from each other.
Williams stressed that the measures are to protect all Belizeans and urged the public to adhere to them.