By BBN Staff: The National Evangelical Association of Belize (NEAB) issued a statement today urging all citizens to adhere to the laws of Belize.
NEAB says that from the onset of the pandemic, the church had taken the position to support the restrictions to curb COVID-19.
“God is bigger than these issues, and He has answers! Our prayer is that we all be part of the answer and not part of the problem. We have been patient, supportive, and compliant to restrictions as it applies to everyone in our nation,” NEAB said.
NEAB added that the restrictions have now turned into “recommendations” for hotels and resorts, but the Church restrictions remain with penalties.
“All across the nation, people began to feel the church is being singled out. Yet illegal political rallies and rollouts are taking place with large crowds, pictures on social media, all in flagrant violation of the law, with no consequences. The official, political and total disregard for the law was clearly seen by the nation! We alerted the NOC that we could foresee an unwanted “push-back” coming. This Sunday in Blue Creek it happened,” the association added.
Therefore, the association urges all churches to adhere to the laws of Belize.
NEAB says that in Blue Creek, the church disrespected the law, and the Police came to enforce the law.
“But for Police to come into a church with families and children, carrying automatic weapons and spouting obscenities as if the church was a cartel, was equally and terribly wrong,” NEAB asserted.
NEAB is recommending the following as it relates to the church:
Restrictions To Be Enforced Geographically. If Orange Walk is having a Covid spike, why lockdown Toledo?
Unrestricted Outdoor Church Services with social distancing, masks, and handwashing protocols. This can solve much of the problem by itself. Churches can meet in their parking lot or grass yard.
Adjusted Attendance To Building Size As with restaurants, the larger the building, the larger the crowd; the smaller the building, the smaller the crowd, all with social distancing, masks, and handwashing protocols strictly adhered to. Sanitize the building after.
NEAB calls on the government to address this issue swiftly.