Posted: Wednesday, February 16, 2022. 3:17 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: Minister of Health and Wellness Kevin Bernard has issued his strongest hints yet to the end of the COVID-19 related curfews which began on April 1, 2020.
With daily cases dropping significantly in the last week or so, and projected to do so through the end of February, and the easing of regulations including the return of sporting events with an audience as well as the reopening of the borders, the lifting of the curfew could be next.
Minister Bernard told LOVE FM that the Ministry is in the process of preparing a paper on the next steps for Belize to live with COVID after a positive signal by the national medical response team. Once the daily positivity rates stay within 10 to 15 percent, he said, that would be another signal to ending the curfew.
And while the Minister estimated that it is looking better than 95 percent at the moment, it remains a Cabinet decision after the paper is present – and it does not mean other regulations would go the way of the dinosaur such as social distancing and mask-wearing and Belizeans and visitors will be expected to follow these dictates.
The Minister acknowledged that the relatively looser recent hours did not much prevent the Omicron peak in late December and early January and neither has it helped maintain public order with murders and other crimes continuing.
The onus will still be on Belizeans to get their second and third shots and build up immunity, and Bernard also points out that Belizeans going to Mexico and Guatemala would not dare disobey their regulations, so should continue to abide by Belize’s.