By Benjamin Flowers: Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, in light of the current COVID-19 situation, says that police are cracking down on planned gatherings for New Year’s Eve and has asked the public to assist police by reporting such events.
Williams took to Facebook this afternoon to highlight several events being advertised and remind that they are currently not permitted under the current Statutory Instrument governing COVID-19 prevention.
“These planned events are in contravention of the Covid19 Regulation. People are urged not to attend as police will be visiting these locations and appropriate action will be taken against those hosting and attending. If you are a hotel you cannot have a function which brings all your guests in a social setting,” Williams said. “Your guests are not from the same household, thus you will be in clear violation of the restriction on social even as stipulated in the Regulation. We ask all to work with us as we try our best to reduce the spread of this deadly virus.
He went on to note that attending these events are arrestable offenses and that the rules in place to stop the spread of the virus must apply to everyone. Williams asked the public to inbox him personally with the locations of social gatherings so that police can be deployed to those locations.
Notably, the Ministry of Health and Wellness announced today that the milder in impact but more contagious Omicron variant of COVID-19 has been detected in Belize. Social gatherings at this time put the already-strained health system at risk to face a bombardment of cases that could pose a serious health and safety risk for all Belizeans.