By Benjamin Flowers: Minister of Home Affairs Kareem Musa says that he hopes COVID-19 cases will not spike following the Easter break, as the Government of Belize prepares to review the current regulations with a view to relax more restrictions next week.
Musa said that the Belize Police Department did an efficient job of keeping crowds to a minimum during the 4-day weekend, noting that officers were given discretionary powers while enforcing COVID-19 regulations to give Belizeans warnings rather than automatically ticketing them for infractions.
Musa said he was not made aware of an abnormal number of arrests for violations over the holiday, and would be surprised if there were given how police handled their operations.
“Obviously when it comes to the COVID results we will know so in a matter of weeks whether or not there will be a surge. I am praying and hoping that there is no surge two to three weeks from now,” Musa said.
The ministry is keeping an eye on the number of cases in preparation for the scheduled April 15 review of the Statutory Instrument. Musa said that a high priority on the review list is allowing sporting activities, particularly basketball and football to resume. He cautioned that since these sports are among the highest contact events, the government will have to review carefully.
“And there may be some relaxing in the curfew as well,” Musa added, noting that he cannot say for certain at this time.