Since the State of Emergency was declared in March Police have arrested one thousand three hundred persons for going contrary to the Covid-19 regulations. In recent weeks arrests have increased with the ease in those regulations. On Sunday alone, forty-eight arrests were made for persons breaching curfew. As a matter of fact, Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte noted today that several persons and business owners have taken advantage of the relaxation. Also speaking on the behavior contrary to regulations was the Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams. Both Peyrefitte and Williams appeared separately in today’s edition of Ask the Expert.
Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, Minister of National Security/ Attorney General: “We’re still not at the stage where we encourage partying and jump up jump up da spot, stay away from djs in your restaurants, stay away from live bands and those it cannot happen. A lot of this happened yesterday a lot of people took advantage of the situation over the weekend, let me tell you, you will not be able to do that this weekend, you will not be able to take advantage you will be shut down and it will be recommended that your licenses be taken away. People have become too reckless. I see so many pictures on Facebook and people just reckless without their mask, no social distancing all over the place, it cannot continue people. Remember we’re in the middle of a pandemic, we have to be smarter than that.”
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: ” When there’s a need to exercise discretion then we should but as I’ve said before that I don’t believe that too much discretion should be exercised because if we do then no one is going to take us seriously and we will go right back to where we used to be and so that to me right now is the greatest challenge that we are having and most importantly the fact that many of the Belizean people that there’s an all clear, that things are back to normal and tend to forget that we’re still in a state of emergency and the regulations still do apply and there are still certain restrictions that people must adhere to.”