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Posted: Friday, August 6, 2021. 6:39 pm CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: The Government of Belize (GOB), as a part of its national vaccination campaign, has warned that bus drivers and conductors who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 face possible sanctions.

GOB via the Department of Transport, issued a notice today reminding all public transport operators that under Statutory Instrument 74 of 2021, drivers and conductors are classified as frontline workers.

“The department further reminds that every frontline worker who is not vaccinated against COVID-19 by August 1, 2021, is required to present a negative rapid test or PCR test every two weeks when reporting to work,” the Transport Department said. “Any frontline worker who fails to comply with the aforementioned regulation will be deemed absent from work and subject to disciplinary proceedings, inclusive of the possible suspension of permits.”

The Department added that it will be increasing its surveillance at bus terminals and checkpoints countrywide to ensure that all public health regulations in place are being adhered to and that public transport operators are requested to have their vaccination cards or negative test results on hand at all times.

The Department also thanked operators who have already been vaccinated and encouraged those who have not done so to get vaccinated at the earliest opportunity.

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