Former Belize City Mayor and President of the Senate, Darrell Bradley was a guest on today’s Covid-19 Update Belize show on Love TV and Love FM. He spoke at length on the topic of how this virus affects Belize and Belizeans. Our newsroom spoke to him on his thoughts in terms of the country’s preparedness and Government’s response. Bradley noted that while the government is doing a good job, it also boils down to individual Belizeans.
Darrell Bradley, Former Mayor of Belize City: ” I think that the measures that the government have taken in place are very appropriate. I think it’s very important for people to recognize the importance of individual responsibility that we first and foremost must listen to the advisories and follow the advisories. So the idea of avoiding public gatherings, the idea of ensuring that we are following appropriate social distancing measures, that we are taking individual personal hygiene, washing our hands, I think that’s the most important way that we can be supportive of the fight to cancel this disease within Belize. I think importantly also is just for us to be a little bit more courteous to one another. I’ve noticed that a lot of people are going to stores, a lot of people are driving, a lot of people are out within the community notwithstanding all the issues because we have to go about our daily life but when we are in those situations just be mindful that it is a situation that is of concern and that we must be courteous. When we drive just give way, when we are in the stores just be courteous to one another and again importantly just follow all the advisories and take personal responsibility for what’s going on. One of the things people have to realize that this is a situation that was brought on by our country quite suddenly. If you were to ask me in November what was COVID-19 I would tell you I didn’t know. So that government’s reaction I think has been very appropriate, the government is doing things in relation to public health, the advisories are very on point, the advertisements in terms of what persons can do, issues in terms of government departments and then also the economic roll out but people have to be very patient in relation to what is going to transpire. This is not something that any government can plan for 100% so that people have to be and this is part of our response, people have to be responsible and people have to be patient. I know that government is rolling out economic measures on Monday, listen to those advisories, follow what’s going on. Information will be out there in terms of how to access whatever things will be provided, follow those procedures carefully. It requires every single person to really do their part and to cooperate.”