By Benjamin Flowers: Unsurprisingly, the Government of Belize is planning to extend the curfew for yet another month, according to the new Statutory Instrument (SI) that was tabled today.
The House of Representatives met today to discuss a number of matters including the Public Health (Reform) (Prevention Of The Spread Of Infectious Disease) (Covid-19) (Amendment) Regulations, 2022, which contains the protocols used to prevent the spread of the virus.
Section 3 of the new SI stated that Regulation 4 of the principal Regulations has been amended extending the curfew for another month as of Monday, February 7.
The amendment reads “(1) For the purposes of preventing, controlling, containing and suppressing the spread of the infectious disease COVID-19 and maintaining peace and public order, a curfew is hereby imposed commencing on February 7th 2022, and ending on March 6th, 2022 at 4:00 a.m., as follows– (a) from Sunday to Thursday, during the hours of 11:00 p.m. until 4:00 a.m. of the following morning;” and (b) from Friday to Saturday, during the hours of 12:00 a.m. until 4:00 a.m.”.
The previous administration had implemented and ended the curfew several times, with the last curfew being lifted on September 4, 2020. The current administration implemented a curfew on November 28, 2020, to address rising cases of COVID-19.
That curfew was then extended on February 28, 2021, and re-extended each time it was about to expire. Curfew hours were amended in July to allow for a 10:00 p.m. start time, but in October the hours were scrolled back to 9:00 p.m.