The Ministry of Health & Wellness notes with concern several advertisements in circulation promoting Christmas parties and New Year's celebrations at known nightclubs and bars countrywide. The public is reminded that Statutory Instrument No. 151 of 2021, Regulation no. 16, clearly states that "for the purposes of preventing, controlling, containing and suppressing the spread of infectious disease COVID-19, discotheques, bars, rum shops and night clubs shall be closed."

The ministry anticipates the cooperation of the Belize Police Department and responsible owners of these businesses and establishments to ensure enforcement of all current public health regulations during this extended weekend and beyond.

Please help to prevent another COVID-19 outbreak during this Christmas season and the new year by following the public health guidelines and remaining as safe as possible.