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Posted: Monday, July 5, 2021. 4:09 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Today, the Belize City Magistrate’s Court announced that it will be closing for a week, effective tomorrow July 6, 2021, after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

The female employee learned of her diagnosis over the weekend, triggering an emergency meeting followed by the closure of the court this morning.

By noon there was a sign posted outside of the court that read “Defendants who are to appear in court, July 6th to 9th, 2021 are to report to court on July 13, 2021 for further court date. Thanks, Management.”

This afternoon, an Orange Walk-based company began cleaning and sanitizing the offices of the court.

Notably, this is the second time that the Belize City Magistrate’s Court has had to close its doors to the deadly virus.

In late October 2020, the Prosecution Branch, which operates from out of the Belize City Magistrate’s Court, experienced its first cases when over five prosecutors and orderlies were treated positive and the court closed for a week to prevent the spread of the disease.

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