BELIZE CITY, Mon. Aug. 10, 2020– Commissioner of Police Chester Williams has clarified Statutory Instrument No. 111, which governs the State of Emergency now in effect to combat the spike in COVID-19 infections.
Williams said that the SI has two provisions: one that applies to the four areas that are on lockdown; and the other, to the rest of the country.
The lockdown areas are San Pedro, Ambergris Caye; and the following villages in the Orange Walk District: Guinea Grass, Shipyard and Santa Martha.
In these locked-down communities, the following applies: no one will be allowed in or out of the lockdown areas, except for emergency medical reasons or if those persons are essential workers going in to perform an essential service.
A curfew is in effect in those areas from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. the following morning; and during those curfew hours, no one is allowed to move about except for essential workers in the execution of their duties. Also, no persons are allowed to gather in groups of more than 10.
The following businesses are allowed to be open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.: fuel stations, LPG suppliers, bakeries, mills, tortilla factories, agro food processors, farming enterprises, pharmacies, supermarkets, markets, food stores, fishing operations for livelihood, aqua farming, banks, credit unions, distributors of carbonated drinks, inclusive of spirits, and street vendors for takeout only.
From 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., restaurants are allowed to be in operation for delivery and take-out only. Everyone moving around must do so with a purpose.
The following shall apply to the rest of the country: all clubs, discotheques, bars and nightclubs are to remain closed. Sport bars and grills can open and operate as a restaurant. This means their primary business must be the sale of food, and not drinks.
There shall be no gathering of more than 25 persons. Casinos can remain open; however, no serving of alcohol and no smoking will be allowed.
Everyone must wear a mask that covers their mouths and noses once they are in a public place or space. A mask is not required in the following situations: in your house; while exercising, riding a bicycle or motorcycle, and if in a vehicle with members of your household.
Everyone must practice social distancing of 6 feet.
Operators of buses and water taxis will now be held liable if they allow anyone to enter and travel on their boat, bus or taxi without a mask.
Establishment owners are also now liable for allowing persons on their establishment without a mask and not practicing social distancing.
The curfew that is now in effect for the remainder of the country is as follows: Sunday to Thursday from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., and from Friday to Saturday, from 12 midnight to 5:00 a.m.
No child shall be on the streets after 6:00 p.m. without a parent, guardian or responsible adult.
Police will be enforcing the regulations to the fullest, said Commissioner Williams, and are asking for public cooperation in the effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our country.