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Belize: Curfew to be Set for 8 o’clock Once Again

Belize: Curfew to be Set for 8 o’clock Once Again

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Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte is scheduled to appear on a weekend episode of Ask the Experts on Saturday night where he is expected to provide details of a countrywide curfew that will come into effect in the days ahead.  That restriction on the movement of residents will see the hours reverting to eight o’clock at night to five a.m. during the week and ten o’clock on the weekend.  Likewise, the number of persons allowed to gather socially has been reduced to ten, including church congregations.  These additional measures, says PM Barrow, are meant to be taken seriously amid the spike in coronavirus cases.

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“We will change the curfew hours to go back to weekday curfews starting at eight p.m. and of course ending at five a.m. the next morning.  Weekends, two days, we will extend the curfew hours so that curfew will start at ten p.m. and of course end at five a.m.  Again, Madame Speaker, we’re doing this to indicate that we take what is happening very seriously.  We got to put in these additional measures but we do not want to go overboard because we don’t want to heighten the sense of alarm, legitimately.  The sense of panic even, on the part of our people.  If all those, in particular, the border jumpers, contrabandistas, would do their share, I’m not saying that we will completely defeat the virus, but we’ll get to a point where we can live with it and I know the Leader of the Opposition certainly takes exactly this position, we’ve got to find a way to live with this thing until they find a vaccine.  So that’s what’s going to happen with the curfew regulations.  We’re going to limit social gatherings even more, so that now the maximum number for any social gathering will be then, including for the churches.  Remember that a super spreader turned out to be a church and the congregation in Ambergris Caye, so that will be limited to ten.”

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