By Aaron Humes: Commissioner of Police Chester Williams has issued a timely warning as Belize goes into its first full week under relaxed COVID-19 regulations.
The Commissioner repeated his previous warnings that, “Restaurants are not to operate as night clubs or bars. …. We continue to see large gatherings with no one wearing masks, restaurants packed with people drinking and not consuming food and to make matters worse no one wearing masks.”
The regulations provide for not wearing masks in open spaces or while driving or with other family, but masks are still required in closed spaces and to attend government buildings, said Williams: “Please be reminded that there are still some measures in place to mitigate the spreading of the virus. Such measures include the wearing of masks when in any public place or gathering, stores and gatherings.”
He continued, “The proprietor of establishments within which the law mandates that masks be worn still have the responsibility by law to ensure that those who come on his premises comply with the requirements of the law.”
The Commissioner concludes, “While I agree that we must learn to live with the virus, I don’t believe that we must do so recklessly or without regards to our health and the health of the most vulnerable among us. We can enjoy ourselves while acting responsibly to mitigate the spreading of the virus.”
Infractions draw fines of $500 to $5,000.
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