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Lockdown of Southern Communities to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19

The Government of Belize has implemented a lockdown order for Conejo, Midway, and Barranco villages in the Toledo District effective today, July 2, 2021, for an initial period of two weeks. A curfew specific to these villages will also be in effect as of today from 8:00 p.m. to 4:59 a.m.

The Ministry of Health & Wellness will be providing food packages to every household in these communities for the duration of the lockdown. The ministry will also be assisting with a weekly stipend of $150 per household.

The health teams will be led by Dr. Franelda Gutierrez, regional manager of the Southern Health Region.

The public is advised to visit the nearest public health facility to get vaccinated and reminded to observe the public health measures that are currently in place.

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Extension of Lockdown for Southern Communities

Cabinet has decided to extend the initial lockdown for the villages of Conejo, Midway and Barranco in the Toledo District for an additional period of two weeks, which should conclude at the end of this month. A curfew is also in effect until the end of this month.

The Ministry of Health & Wellness continues to provide food packages for all households in these communities for the duration of the lockdown as well as a stipend of $150 per week.

The public is also advised that members of the judiciary and security guards have been added to the list of "frontline workers," reference Statutory Instrument No. 74 of 2021. If these persons are not immunized by August 1, 2021, they will need to present a negative COVID-19 test to their respective employers every two weeks.

Weekly Food only lasting families two days in Midway

The lockdown continues in the villages of Conejo, Midway, and Barranco in the Toledo District. The S.I. makes provisions for the extension of the lockdown through to the end of the month. This morning we spoke with Chairman Marcos Ico of Midway Village who says that his people are not happy about the additional two weeks. While they understand that COVID-19 measures are necessary, the food assistance they are receiving is not enough to meet their needs, and shops and other places of business are closed.

�Via Phone: Marcos Ico, Chairman, Midway Village

"Hmmm well right now the villagers were happy that the two weeks reached but when they heard that a next extension was called the people are waiting to go work; waiting to go buy; to buy chemicals for their farms that are getting bushy. This is the time they need to clean their farms with spraying and all that. Children are crying; they need pampers and sugar. These past two weeks were hard and now it is an additional two weeks. I know that they will feel more because it is kinda hard for us out here because the shops that we have are all closed and the corn mills are now closed and so the ladies can't go and grind corn anymore. And the food that we get - the lee bit ah food that we get every four days is very limited especially for the bigger families. They were complaining to me that it only serves them for two days and it is limited."

Andrea Polanco

"What have they said to you, Chairman? Is it a case of them extending the lockdown because the cases are going up down there?"

Via Phone: Marcos Ico

"Well, so far as I noticed from yesterday I only get the seventy-seven total cases since it started. And only fifteen more active and coming this week I think those fifteen will be recovered. And so it is getting lower and lower and I believe in the Lord that we will get lower."

Chairman Ico says that they have received a disbursement of one hundred and fifty dollars last week and they expect that stipend to be issued once again this week.

Midway Wants Stores and Corn Mill Reopened

Chairman Ico is now appealing to the authorities to relax some of the restrictions on the village. He says that they are in need of some basic necessities:

Via Phone: Marcos Ico, Chairman, Midway Village

"What I am thinking is that it would be better if the shop could open for them at least the government could look into it so that business people can open and the corn mill can open. Because we can maintain the measures and protocols in place so that we can help our people."

Andrea Polanco

"So you feel that the residents have been responsible and they are following the measures - you think maybe they can loosen up some of those restrictions a little?"

Via Phone: Marcos Ico

"Well, as I see it in my community these people are understanding. They are religious people and they can understand. They abide by the rules as I see it. Nobody is moving around for the two weeks gone and nobody on the streets and so we are working along with the police from Barranco."

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