By Aaron Humes: Viewers of today’s House of Representatives meeting will notice something unusual when the livestream begins after 10 a.m.
But we’ll spoil it for you: The plexiglass covers separating each representative on both sides of the House as well as covering the media gallery have been removed, having been there for months as part of retrofitting the ancient building to combat a modern pandemic.
They muddled and occasionally obstructed views of representatives as they spoke and made for poor aesthetics, if necessary due to COVID protocols.
But with the relaxation of the regulations, representatives are less socially distanced, though still required to wear masks when not talking and sanitizing regularly.
Also for the first time in months, a maximum of 24 spectators will be allowed into the galleries to view proceedings, though none have made it inside yet.
Stay with us for continuing coverage of the Budget presentation and other highlights of today’s session from Belmopan throughout the day.