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“Blue Christmas for Belizeans, 45,000 out of work,” says Prime Minister

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Posted: Wednesday, December 23, 2020. 1:04 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: There are over 45,000 Belizeans out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Prime Minister John Briceno’s official Christmas message to the country.

Briceno released his Christmas message this week, which focused on the major impact that the pandemic had and continues to have over daily life this year but also contained a call to gratitude for the things we have despite the pandemic.

“This Christmas more than 45,000 Belizeans are unemployed and more will be unable to buy presents and have the kind of Christmas we’re all accustomed to. Still, there’s always reason to find hope at Christmas time. This year we can get together with our immediate family and make unique and special presents, cook a meal together, attend church virtually, sing our favorite Christmas songs and do all we can to make Christmas special especially for the children,” Briceno said.

He also took the opportunity to thank doctors, nurses, the security forces, and all other frontline workers, aiding the national response against COVID-19. Briceno stressed that this Christmas, Belizeans should find joy by remembering the true purpose of Christmas, which is the sharing of love.

“Our true true Belizean Christmas is not actually for sale in any store, it really is about sharing,” He added.

Briceno closed by saying that he knows a time will come where Belizeans will be able to celebrate with parties and gatherings with loved ones which was the norm before the pandemic.

 

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