The Government of Belize issued an amended summary of Statutory Instrument Number Fifty Two of 2020 this afternoon that includes specific restrictions for those in the Cayo District. The release via their Press Office was issued to prevent any confusion or misunderstanding that may arise particularly over the Easter weekend.
The Government of Belize issued an amended summary of Statutory Instrument Number Fifty Two of 2020 this afternoon that includes specific restrictions for those in the Cayo District. The release via their Press Office was issued to prevent any confusion or misunderstanding that may arise particularly over the Easter weekend. For those living in the Cayo District whether, in the rural or urban areas, it is important to understand that the district is under lockdown for fourteen days effective April 7, 2020. The curfew for adults remains from 8 pm to 5 am while the curfew for children is from 6 pm to 6 am. The curfew dictates that persons can only move outside those hours if they are seeking essential needs such as food and medicine. It also means that convenience stores, food stores, supermarkets, meat shops, and butchers can only be open for business from 8 am to 4 pm and movement to any of these establishments should be to purchase food and essentials only. Markets are allowed to be open from 6 am to 4 pm; pharmacies can be open from 8 am to 7 pm; bakeries and tortilla factories can be open from 5 am to 4 pm; fuel stations, fuel depots including butane suppliers, depots and distributors are allowed to be open from 5 am to 7 pm. Restrictions are also placed on financial institutions as they can only be open from 8 am to 12 midday; this includes banks, credit unions, and ATMs. For exercise purposes, persons are allowed to go jogging, walking or running only between the hours of 5 am to 8 am; cycling is restricted. Veterinary services may operate from 5 am to 7 pm while caregivers and essential workers are allowed to move within the Cayo District for the sole purpose of going to and from work. These essential services include waste disposal and sanitation companies as well as maintenance and housekeeping staff of hotels or other accommodation services. For the next fourteen days in the Cayo District, there should be no operations conducted at the distributors and factories of carbonated beverages including alcohol. No mechanic shops or garages or auto parts stores should be open although they may be accessible in the event there is an urgent need from an essential service. No private or public construction should be carried out and all works at construction sites must cease. Hardware stores are to remain closed as well as the offices of public utility companies with only the linesmen and repair workers reporting for work. No delivery service, take out or drive-thru facilities for restaurants, diners, and other similar establishments should be operating during this lockdown of the Cayo District. Farms may continue to function between the hours of 5 am and 7 pm; fishers can fish from 5 am to 7 pm – this includes commercial licensed fishers and those who fish to eat; recreational or sports fishing is not permitted.; agro-processors and food manufacturers can only operate from 5 am to 7 pm with the exception of carbonated beverages. For this 14-day period, there will be no public bus transportation in or out of the Cayo District; no busitos shall run in the Cayo District; taxis are allowed if they are called; no taxi should be waiting at a taxi stand for passengers in the Cayo District; buses to and from the south can transit through the Cayo District via Hummingbird Highway to and from George Price Highway. No entry into Belmopan and no stops along the route. Buses must be “express” through the Cayo District and no one is permitted to move into nor outside of the Cayo District. The SI 52 also states that on Sundays in the Cayo District there will be a complete shutdown, meaning that only essential workers are allowed on the public thoroughfares; the movement of others outside this category should be for emergencies only and entities that are designated as 24-hour and seven days a week are allowed to operate. These include food mills, oil production, sugar, citrus and approved food factories, port operations, public utilities. For the remainder of the country, the curfew remains in effect from 8:00 p.m. to 4:59 a.m. and for children from 6:00 p.m. to 5:59 a.m. There are restrictions of movements for the other districts which we will share with you later in this newscast.