Today, Hon. Michel Chebat, the Minister of Health and Wellness, lead a joint press conference with Hon. Kareem Musa, Minister of Home Affairs and New Growth Industries, to announce the lifting and adjustments of specific COVID-19 regulations.
The updated COVID-19 regulations, approved by Cabinet, will become effective as of February 1, 2021, for 30 days. The adjustments are as follows:
1. Lifting of the current inter-district travel restrictions for Corozal and Orange Walk districts. This lift will be revisited if necessary to limit the spread of COVID-19.
2. Curfew has been readjusted and is now from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. for adults. The curfew for minors remains the same from 6:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
3. Gymnasiums are allowed to open with not more than 50% capacity per hour and must operate by appointments only. The gyms must have proper ventilation, mandatory cleaning after use of each machine, and ensure proper logging and temperature monitoring of users.
4. Churches are allowed to have service with up to 50% capacity. Services should not exceed one hour.
5. Food vendors are allowed to operate in public spaces and must comply with health and COVID-19 protocols, including having markers to indicate six feet physical distancing.
Also present at the press conference was Ms. Elisa Montalvo, Solicitor General in the Attorney General’s Ministry, who provided additional details on the new measures.
A detailed electronic copy of the Statutory Instrument will be shared when gazetted.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness informs the public of its upcoming Vaccine Education Campaign as well as its Expanded Rapid Testing Campaign in efforts to reach out to high-risk institutions and businesses. The Ministry’s officials will be conducting door-to-door rapid testing and emphasizing COVID-19 prevention measures.
Additionally, the Ministry urges the public to continue to wear a face mask properly in public, maintain consistent physical distancing, avoid social gatherings, and wash and sanitize hands often. Stay at home unless conducting essential business.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness reiterates its message, “Do not let our guards down. Let us join forces in the fight against COVID-19.”
====================Belize’s Modified COVID-19 Quarantine Regulations to start February 1st
On Friday, January 29th, several precautionary regulations to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus were amended following a virtual address by the Ministry of Health and Wellness and Home Affairs and New Growth Industries. Modifications were made to the existing curfew, sales of alcohol, the operation of gymnasiums, food vending, and the opening of churches. The new amendments will take effect on February 1st and will last for 30 days. A new ticketing system to penalize anyone breaching the rules will also be implemented.
Musa explained that every person issued with a violation ticket will pay a fine of $500. This fine needs to be paid within 15 calendar days from the moment issued. Musa said that the penalty would increase by $10 for every day that it remains unpaid after the due date. “If the fine stated on the violation ticket remains unpaid for a period of 30 calendar days from the date of issue, the ticket shall automatically begin to operate as a summons,” he explained. The ticket can be challenged in court if the individual believes the ticket was issued unjustifiably.Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Sun