As Belize prepares to face the onset of COVID-19, the Belize City Council is bracing for impact. Considering that the old Capital is the most densely populated area in the country, the Council is closely monitoring the situation and working alongside relevant agencies. They are encouraging citizens to do whatever errands they can and to put measures in place to limit the traffic.
Barnard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “Well certainly we continue to work along with our other agencies CEMO who takes the instruction obviously from the coordinated efforts of the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition out of that committee it is then handed down to NEMO and then onward to us. So we continue to collaborate with them and we want to ensure that we follow the instructions that is sent down through that agency. On a day to day basis obviously we want to limit the number of people accessing City Hall not only for the protection of our staff but also for the protection of themselves and so we have put in place several activities which you could do your payments on line, you could call before accessing the City Hall, if you have queries about your property tax, trade licenses there are phone lines that we have dedicated to be in response to any questions that residents may have.”
Additionally, CitCo has also cancelled its monthly Super Sale that usually takes place on Albert Street.
Barnard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “It was important that we comply with the request coming out of the committee that any number of people more than a hundred poses a risk and we know we attract in the neighborhood of ten thousand to fifteen thousand in that area and as a responsible city council we wanted to show that we do take this COVID virus seriously and we are putting in place the measures to ensure our residents of the city that we are on top of this pandemic.”