The current National State of Emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could see an extension of two months, beginning Friday, May 1st. A debate to secure this extension took place at the House of Representatives on Monday, April 27th in the Capital City of Belmopan. The special sitting called for this sole purpose saw three members of the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) and four of the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP). After about three hours of debate, the motion was passed and will now go for ratification in the Senate on Tuesday, April 28th.

The debate initially took place in a closed-door event and denied access to members of the media. Prime Minister Right Honourable Dean Barrow introduced the notion of the extension pointing out that the current State of Emergency expires on Thursday, April 30th. “A period of public emergency persists in the entire country of Belize, as [we have] an outbreak of the infectious disease known as COVID-19, we resolve that this Honourable House extends the period of public emergency in the entire country for a further period of two months,” said Barrow. He added that this motion has the recommendation of his Cabinet.

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