BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Dec. 17, 2020– The Government of Belize released a Cabinet Brief today Thursday, December 17, in which it made some important announcements. These decisions were made after a Cabinet meeting held on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, and included the approval of a new police intake and new COVID-19 measures, which will be announced tomorrow, Friday, December 18.
The release notes that the request of Kareem Musa, Minister of Home Affairs and New Growth Industries, for a new police intake, was approved. A total of 225 new constables will join the ranks of the Belize Police Department. The intake will start in January 2021.
On the health front, the brief notes that, “Cabinet discussed and approved new COVID-19 measures which will be presented to the nation at a press conference hosted by Hon. Michel Chebat, Minister of Health and Wellness, and his team on Friday, December 18, 2020.”
No details will be provided until the press conference is held.
GOB also approved the formation of a committee, to be led by Andre Perez, Minister of Civil Aviation, to review and develop a standard operating procedure for entry into the country via the Philip Goldson International Airport. The Government is expecting an increase in arrivals within the next few months and is requiring that a more rigorous and efficient arrival process be in place.
And finally, the Minister of Human Development, Families and Indigenous People’s Affairs, Dolores Balderamos Garcia, briefed Cabinet on the rollout of the new Belize COVID-19 Cash Transfer Program (BCCAT).
As mentioned, at a Ministry of Health press conference, which will be hosted by the Health Minister, Michel Chebat. tomorrow, Friday, December 18, new COVID-19 measures will be announced.
The acting Director of Health Services, Dr. Melissa Diaz-Musa, will also be in attendance, with updates.