By Benjamin Flowers: The Government of Belize is sending a message to Belize’s Mennonite community that they need to abide by COVID-19 prevention regulations as mandated by the laws of Belize, just like every other citizen in the country.
Minister of Home Affairs and New Growth Industries Kareem Musa explained today that during his recent countrywide tour he learned that many in the Mennonite community do not adhere to protocols such as wearing masks and that police officers were unsure whether or not they should be enforcing the regulations. Musa singled out Spanish Lookout which he visited recently, and which reliable reports say was the site for two of the four recently reported deaths connected to COVID-19.
“Spanish Lookout is a part of our country and they serve Belizeans from all across the country on a daily basis. So they have a responsibility to protect not only themselves but to protect those individuals who come there for commerce each day,” Musa said. “So officers have the directive to enforce the mask requirements in Spanish lookout and Mennonite communities all over Belize.”
Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, who was on the tour with Musa, said that he was outraged when he visited a store and saw that no one in the store was wearing masks. He said he immediately called the officer in charge of the station in the area and gave a directive that police are to diligently enforce all COVID-19 prevention protocols.