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Kindly click the link below to access Statutory Instrument No. 111 of 2021 - PUBLIC HEALTH (PREVENTION OF THE SPREAD OF INFECTIOUS DISEASE) (COVID-19) (AMENDMENT) (NO. 9) REGULATIONS, 2021

Neck gators/buffs are no longer accepted as a viable face mask option.

As of October 1st, 2021, any person wishing to enter a public medical institution, government office, or the office of a statutory body must present proof of immunization (vaccination). This also applies to persons who work at the establishment. Unimmunized persons who are employees will be required to present a negative COVID test every two weeks. Unimmunized persons visiting for an appointment must present a negative COVID test taken not more than two weeks prior. Persons working in these establishments who fail to comply will not be allowed to enter for work. They will be deemed absent and will be subject to disciplinary actions. These regulations apply to courthouses, police, stations, and prison. Persons caught in breach of these regulations will be issued a violation ticket.

Additionally, the S.I. provides an amended that now prohibits the use of neck gaiters, fishing face masks, ski masks, any closed tube of fabric or other similar face, neck or head covering that resembles any of the aforementioned types of masks or which is designed to expose only part of the face.

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ComPol Breaks Down New S.I.

A new statutory instrument came into force earlier today to address the issue of mask wearing, as well as the second of two no-movement Sundays. As part of stricter measures put in place to combat the spread of COVID-19, the past two weeks have seen a seven o'clock curfew being implemented, as well as consecutive Sundays being designated to restrict the movement of citizens about the country. Under the new S.I., freedom of movement will be prohibited for persons wanting to go to the stores to purchase food and groceries. All that will be opened will be gas stations, pharmacies and medical facilities. Commissioner of Police Chester Williams broke down the new piece of delegated legislation.

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

"Now for the non-movement Sundays under the previous S.I. there were a number of business establishments that were allowed to be opened, particularly stores so that people would be able to purchase essential needs. Well under the new S.I. that came out yesterday, the businesses that are allowed to be open on the no-movement Sundays has been amended and so now, under the current S.I., the only businesses that will be allowed to open are fuel stations, pharmacies, medical and veterinary institutions, businesses that provide public transportation, hotel and resorts for the purpose of serving their guests, as the case may be. So we're now seeing that stores are no longer being allowed to be open. So people will not be able to move around on Sundays to say that they are going to the stores because the stores are going to be open. They will only be allowed to move around if you are seeking the services offered at any of the institutions that will be allowed to be open."

You Must Present a Vaccine Card or a Negative COVID Test

Along with the new S.I. comes the implementation of a new policy where vaccination cards must be presented for entry into to public buildings and government offices. Persons who fail to produce a vaccination card must be able to present negative results from rapid or PCR COVID tests.

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

"In the case of persons who have not been vaccinated, the PCR and rapid tests will be valid for two weeks. So every two weeks you'll have to produce that PCR or rapid test in order to enter any such establishment. When it comes to employees at these establishments, the regulations provide that the employees must produce the immunization card or a negative PCR or rapid test. For those employees who do not produce any of those requirements then they will be sent home, marked absent and will be subject to the disciplinary process of that particular office. Churches remain closed under the new S.I., as well as the prohibition now on the use of ski masks, fishermen masks and other similar type masks that cover the entire head or face. So based on the new S.I., I would want to think that the only type of mask you can use would be the surgical mask or the similar mask that people would make that they would normally use, made of cloth. But the law also makes provisions for business establishments to determine what type of masks they will allow on their premises. Now while the law does give the business establishment that authority, they will still not be able to allow masks that have now been outlawed by the new regulations."

ComPol Says Most Belizeans are Abiding by Curfew Regulations

The fate of the existing curfew will be decided by the Ministry of Health and Wellness sometime over the weekend with the introduction of a new statutory instrument. The past two weeks have seen Belizeans across the country adhering to a seven o'clock curfew which expires on Sunday. But what comes next and are Belizeans really obeying the curfew regulations? Here's what ComPol Williams had to say.

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

"People are complying with it for the most part and yes, as police officers, we must at times use our discretion. Like for example, last night, a lady had messaged me around 6:30 saying that she needs to take her husband to work at nine p.m. last night. I did not see her message until after ten last night and so I messaged her and asked her if she was able to get through and so she said to me, yes she took her husband to work around nine. The police stopped her at the checkpoint, they asked her where she was going and she explained to them that she was taking her husband to work and the police allowed her to go through. So those are things that I was happy to hear because I wouldn't want that her husband would lose his job because of her not being able to take him to work. So once officers use their discretion in those circumstances, I am very, very happy for that. And again, as much as we do have the no-movement Sundays, there are certain classes of persons who must move around and those are security officers, persons working security duties as security guards, watchmen, people in the medical profession. You do have farmers who might need to go and check on their crops and feed their animals."

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