By Aaron Humes: In an interview conducted last week in Orange Walk, Minister for Health and Wellness, Michel Chebat, told reporters that as a result of rising cases of COVID-19 there would be a curfew expansion from 9 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
As he explained, “I believe we are at the preliminary stages of a third wave (of COVID-19); we are taking additional measures…”
He added that Belizeans had again become lax in observing the protocol associated with COVID-19.
But the regulations issued under Statutory Instrument No. 80 of 2021, the Public Health (Prevention of the Spread of Infectious Disease) (COVID-19) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations, 2021, tell a different story as the new curfew hours begin at 10 p.m. rather than 9 p.m.
Section 2 repeals sub-regulations one and two of the governing S.I. and substitutes them with similar language except that the start time of the curfew is at 10:00 p.m. Minors are restricted to private property between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. unless, between 6 and 10 p.m., they can go out with a parent or guardian.
The measure is in effect from July 26 to August 15 inclusive.
Some have called for the relaxation of measures for vaccinated persons whether as reward for doing so or a demonstration of reopening the economy, but Government has yet to budge.
Active cases remain steady at above 350 pending today’s data.