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Police coming for parties, contact sports and bars in COVID-19 enforcement crackdown

Posted: Friday, June 25, 2021. 9:06 pm CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: This week, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams instructed police officers to aggressively enforce COVID-19 prevention regulations as the number of new cases begins a steady climb. Williams told the media today that officers will be looking specifically at areas where violations are rampant such as private gatherings, bars, and contact sports.

“The fact that we’re seeing a number of parties and social events. Even on social media, these people are so bold that they don’t even care, they go live with their parties. These are things that regulations surely prohibit,” Williams explained.

He stressed that bars have obtained restaurant licenses but continue to operate as bars, allowing for live music, dancing, and selling beer in buckets; while people have been seen playing recreational football and basketball daily, when the regulations only allow official sports teams to do so for training purposes.

“We don’t want to get back to a stage where the government says that we have to tighten up back and then people are going to feel more restrained,” Williams said, “I think that people may have lost their way and believe that we were out of the woods and just began to act as if the pandemic had gone.”

He stressed that the country has been struggling to recover economically, and if people continue to behave recklessly, Belize will never rebound from the economic setbacks brought on by the pandemic.

 

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