The Belize Mayor’s Association got together this morning to discuss the way forward now that a case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in the country. Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz has the story.
Fem Cruz, Cayo Correspondent: The Mayor’s Association of Belize today held a very important meeting with its members from the nine municipalities. According to the president of the association ,Khalid Belisle, the purpose is to discuss how the municipalities are going to take this change in the face of the virus. The mayor explained the outcome of Today’s meeting.
Khalid Belisle, Mayor of Belmopan City: “We just completed a meeting of the nine mayors of Belize here in Belmopan. Now that we have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in country we are brainstorming to try to ensure that the municipalities of Belize which represents have the population in country are prepared to continue offering the essential services that we provide to our residents but also to ensure that we will continue to be able to service the wage bill of our respective councils at the same time. We are facing several challenges right now as communities firstly that key role of education making sure that our residents are aware of the do’s and don’ts in this critical time facing our country, trying to ensure that people buy into the recommended practices at this point in time of social distancing and proper sanitizing and cleanliness at home, in the workplace, in public spaces, trying to keep the crowds to a minimum to follow the recommended guidelines of not more than 25 people, looking at things like closures of restaurants, bars, casinos and the like, looking at how we continue to offer garbage collection services for example. Looking at some of the other issues and challenges we now face in this era of COVID-19 and this coronavirus so we just wanted to come together to put our action items on the table for the Ministry of Local Government to be aware of what it is that councils are facing at this point in time.”