By Aaron Humes: The villages of Guinea Grass, Shipyard and Santa Martha, Orange Walk District, have been under strict State of Emergency regulations since August 7 after multiple cases of COVID-19 were discovered in the area.
Two weeks later, the Guinea Grass Village Council wrote to Prime Minister Dean Barrow in his capacity as chair of the National Covid-19 Oversight Committee to ask him to consider lifting the regulations.
“The Village Council of Guinea Grass is fully cognizant that as COVID-19 cases surface in our village, that the implementation of certain measures is necessary to contain the spread.
The Village Council views the lockdown with concern but understand the rationale and why it was necessary,” the Council’s letter states.
It continues, however, “This measure though, has brought serious challenges to our community as bread winners are unable to work, unable to access medications, banking, food among other necessities which, are limited or just simply not available in the community. To add to the frustration is GOB’s inadequate, un-timely and politically biased response to assist residents with food through the Human Development Department.”
The current outbreak, the Council stressed, has hit across the country and keeping the village closed, it feels, has no bearing on the spread of the virus, which has now claimed eight lives and infected hundreds more.
The Prime Minister has said he and the Committee will review the matter this week and act based on the scientific evidence available to it.