The media spoke with the Attorney General, Michael Peyrefitte who explained that they are planning on reopening even more businesses under the new Statutory Instrument which would come into effect on May 1.
Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General and Minister of National Security: “It is the measure of the National Oversight Committee in conjunction with the Task Force they will tell us what to draft based on their deliberations. So we’re in the process of doing that, Cabinet will have some input as well and by this evening we should have a clear idea of where we’re going with the regulations themselves and it’s not the length of the national emergency per se the regulations are what are most important to consider. I can tell you that there are a couple more things that will open up but I don’t want to preempt the Task Force and what we’re doing but I think that’s the direction where we’re heading. I indicated last week that if the trend were to continue, no cases and we’re doing fairly well, then we can allow ourselves to open up more businesses while at the same time though maintaining social distancing protocols and the like. It’s a day by day analysis sometimes hour by hour analysis of where we are that determines how we go forward so anybody who tells you that we know where we will be next week they don’t know what they’re talking about because we don’t know and the regulations could change as we go along they could get more strict they could become less strict it depends on where we are and where we are nobody can predict from day to day.”
As it relates to the individual responsibility of each citizen, the Attorney General says he believes that the majority of the citizenry know what they should and should not be doing.
Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General and Minister of National Security: “I think Belizeans, the majority of Belizeans, know what responsibility is and I hope that we continue to demonstrate that responsibility. There are some of us who will not demonstrate it and so unfortunately they have to be detained and charged for the offences committed but we’re serious about this thing. What people don’t understand is that the more restrictive we act now the better the chances that we are freed up in the near future. The more loose and careless we are the less likely we will come out of this thing any time soon.”
The new norm has seen more web interactions taking place, ranging from news interviews to family communication and even church services. When asked about the reopening of churches, the Attorney General says God will understand the circumstances.
Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General and Minister of National Security: “I think God bless we with good sense and know that we can worship God and praise God without necessarily endangering ourselves with a disease. I think we have to find creative way to do things. The simple fact of the matter is that we cannot be too close together with this disease at this time right now in the country, it’s just simply too dangerous. Well I don’t know about your God but my God is very understanding and I die from COVID-19 because I’m stupid he will be very disappointed that I didn’t use the sense he gave me.”
The current regulations that the country is adhering to will expire tomorrow. It is expected that the new regulations will be announced via a virtual press conference with the Prime Minister tomorrow morning at ten o’clock.