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14 Day Quarantine, San Pedro locked down again #543996
08/06/20 05:22 PM
08/06/20 05:22 PM
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The Prime Minister has announced that the country will go into 14 days of quarantine. San Pedro will undergo a complete lockdown and a curfew will be in effect between 8pm and 5am, starting tomorrow. No one will be allowed off the island during the 14 day lockdown. There will also be a separate curfew for children.

The Prime Minister assailed the behavior of residents whom he said "have not exactly been following the ongoing guidelines."The transgressions include a local wedding attended by 500 people, "jammed water taxis" and other violations.

In Orange Walk the villages of Guinea Grass, Santa Martha, and Shipyard, will undergo a complete lockdown as well.

The rest of the country will experience curfew between 10:00 pm to 4:59 am on weekdays and 12:00 am to 4:59 am on weekends.

The Director of Health Services says there may be 23 more COVID-19 cases announced today. The number of COVID-19 cases is now at 86, and community transmission in San Pedro has been confirmed - some of it linked to a church in San Pedro where a cluster of 20 - 30 cases may have arisen. There are at least three clusters on the island.

Minister of Education, Patrick Faber, said today that teachers, except for those who live and work in areas where full lockdowns are imposed, are still expected to return to work.

The penalty for border jumpers will increase to six months in jail. Those charged with the offence will not be able to get bail. Anyone found in possession of contraband will be treated and charged as a border jumper.

Although the airport will not reopen, weekly repatriation flights for Belizean nationals will continue, with all returning residents subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival.

In addition to the 14-day lockdown for Ambergris Caye, Santa Marta, Ship Yard, and Guinea Grass Villages and a curfew for the entire country, under an Emergency Proclamation that will come into effect at midnight tonight, there are also crowd limitations across the country. All bars, discotheques and rum shops will be closed countrywide. Casinos will remain open but no smoking and liquor will be allowed on the compound.

Re: 14 Day Quarantine, San Pedro locked down again [Re: Marty] #544002
08/06/20 08:12 PM
08/06/20 08:12 PM
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The lock-down makes no sense whatsoever:

BioNTech is a German pharmaceutical company who in partnership with Pfizer and they think they can produce up to 1.2 billion vaccines by the end of 2021. Ugur Sahin, the CEO of BioNTech said in an interview with the The Wall Street Journal in July that it can take 10 years before the world achieves sufficient immunity.

World Health Organisation Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said last Monday at a media briefing that there is no ‘Silver Bullet' to defeat Coronavirus and there might never be.

So we are going to keep locking down our economy and postponing tourism for the next 10 years? That is the best case scenario, when the virus doesn't mutate like the flu. When it does, it will stay around forever. I asked this question about a month ago at a MoH presentation and they assured us that this would not be necessary any more, that they had learned.

Economical suicide.

Live and let live
Re: 14 Day Quarantine, San Pedro locked down again [Re: Marty] #544005
08/07/20 04:37 AM
08/07/20 04:37 AM
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Marty Offline OP

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Prime Minister Dean Barrow stated that all non-essential travel around the country should be avoided. Below is a summary outline of the regulations that will pertain to Ambergris Caye during the quarantine specific for the island:

  • Complete Quarantine of the island for 14 days (State of Emergency) Starting Midnight, Friday, August 7
  • Nobody can go in or out of the island during this time
  • Curfew implemented 8pm - 4:59am for Adults and 6pm - 5:59am for Children
  • Limitations on gatherings 10 people max
  • All work on construction sites will cease
  • Emergency movement in and out of the island on a case by case basis
  • Cargo will be allowed in and out of the island
  • Essential Services Officers will be permitted to perform their duties
  • Government offices will be closed
  • Banks will be allowed to open
  • Grocery Stores, Pharmacies, Essential Stores will be allowed to open
  • Closure of bars, disco, night clubs,

More in the Ambergris Today

Ambergris Caye under 14-day quarantine after spike in COVID-19 cases

Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow announced on Thursday, August 6th that San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye is once again under quarantine following a surge in COVID-19 cases. The island shutdown is expected to commence at midnight Friday, August 7th with curfews for both adults and children. The situation on the island has been deemed as community transmission, with three clusters so far, and further cases yet to be confirmed. The State of Emergency on the island will prevent anyone traveling to or from the island and will be implemented via an Emergency Proclamation to be signed by Governor General Sir Colville Young later Thursday.

San Pedro Town has over a dozen active cases and 19 more await confirmation. The results of the recent confirmed cases indicate that 10 cases are related to Case #57 identified on Sunday, August 2nd. Another island case is believed to have been contracted via a church gathering, while another is believed to have been contracted via contact with an infected person from the border cases in Orange Walk. These last two are symptomatic and were picked up through the Mar de Tumbo flu clinic routine and enhanced surveillance. One of these patients has been revealed to be a child. While the situation on the island will be strictly monitored during these 14 days of quarantine, persons on Ambergris Caye experiencing flu-like symptoms are asked to call the phone number 672-0911 and follow instructions.

Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Sun

Persons caught with contraband goods will be treated as border jumpers, fined and imprisoned for six months. Schools countrywide will not be allowed to open until further notice.

Persons residing outside the four covid hotspots must practice social distancing of 6 feet and wear masks unless they are swimming, eating at a restaurant or engaged in sports said the Attorney General. Employees must practice distancing rules at work and must wear a mask while at work. Business owners who allow customers entry without mask will be fined for not enforcing mandatory mask wearing.

Persons residing outside of the four locked down areas are still under a State of Emergency explained at Attorney General. As such gatherings are limited to 25 persons. Casino goers must wear a mask and will not be able to smoke in the facility.

For the next 14 days, only essential services should be carried out in Santa Martha, Ship Yard, Guinea Grass and San Pedro. Those services can only be done from 5:00 am to 7:00 pm. Gathering are limited to ten people and police enforcement promises to be strict for social distancing offenders and unmasked persons.

The Reporter

Now in the case of San Pedro, hundreds have been leaving the island. Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced today that Ambergris Caye, where there is community spread and two COVID-19 clusters, will go under total lockdown. So for the second time, Belize’s top tourist destination will be cut off from the rest of the country. The Prime Minister explains.

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“Pertaining to Ambergris Caye, those regulations will mandate a complete lockdown of Ambergris Caye. The General Proclamation will be for fourteen days so the regulations there under in each case for Ambergris Caye for Orange Walk and for the rest of the country will last in the first instance for fourteen days. So for fourteen days there is going to be a complete quarantining of Ambergris Caye. For that period of fourteen days in the normal course, nobody in, nobody out of Ambergris Caye. Curfew, eight p.m. to four fifty nine a.m. Kids curfew from six a.m. to five fifty nine p.m. There will be of course limitation on gatherings, ten persons maximum on Ambergris Caye for the duration of the fourteen days lockdown. Construction activity will have to cease completely. There will be emergency movement in and out of Ambergris Caye allowed naturally on a case by case basis with the permission of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of National Security. Generally there is restriction of movement of the general public even on none curfew hours as was the case before. You are expected only to be moving about for necessary purpose, for so called essential purposes. So that’s the position with Ambergris Caye. Total lockdown starting a minute after midnight tonight so that when people wake up in the morning Ambergris Caye will be under a State of Emergency and under that State of Emergency there is going to be a total lockdown.”

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