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Government announces an ease in State of Emergency regulations

The announcement of five recovered patients and the conclusion of the mapping of the eighteen positive COVID-19 patients has prompted Belize’s National Oversight Committee to review the current restrictions and regulations in place around the country.  Prime Minister Dean Barrow, who chairs the oversight committee issued an address earlier today informing the public that effective Sunday, April 26, some measures will be lifted while others will be relaxed.

The announcement of five recovered patients and the conclusion of the mapping of the eighteen positive COVID-19 patients has prompted Belize’s National Oversight Committee to review the current restrictions and regulations in place around the country.  Prime Minister Dean Barrow, who chairs the oversight committee issued an address earlier today informing the public that effective Sunday, April 26, some measures will be lifted while others will be relaxed.

Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize:“When our fear of coronavirus spread was at its height we actually enhanced our protective bulwarks. We did this by way of SI number 55 of 2020 which came into effect at midnight on Holy Saturday. In consequence of that SI there was the imposition of a complete Sunday lock down, public transportation was brought to a halt, government offices were closed and additional private sector businesses were shuttered. Unless extended those extra barriers were to last until April 25th 2020 except for the Sunday lock down, that was to remain until April 30th, the full life of the rest of SI 55. I am now able to declare officially that there will be no extension of the additional special buffers, they will therefore expire at midnight this Saturday

According to the Prime Minister businesses who were required to close down their businesses will now be permitted to reopen with conditions.

Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize: “We feel able to mandate this relaxation precisely because of the containment of the cluster spread. Thus in country public transportation by land, air and sea will resume for essential workers and essential purposes. Those passengers though whether on bus, boat or plane will be required to wear face masks. Government offices will reopen and those additional businesses placed on total cessation can go back to operating during limited hours. As well  the special Sunday quarantine will disappear. I repeat however we are not flinging caution to the winds so after midnight on Saturday all that will happen is that we will go back to the state of affairs that existed immediately prior to the inclusion of the additional measures of SI 55 of 2020. In others words we will still be in lock down mode though in a manner not quite as draconian as provided for by the additional special measures. For avoidance of any confusion the Attorney General will make media appearances as soon as possible after this statement. He will remind of the details of SI 55 minus the special measures and will answer all questions in order to make the new position absolutely clear.