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New SI to Allow Churches to Re-Open

A new Statutory Instrument is in the pipeline and is expected to be released later this week. The new amendment will give churches the go-ahead to conduct its services. According to Prime Minister Briceno, the Churches, for the most part, have been very supportive and understanding amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

John Briceno, Prime Minister of Belize: “I met with them last week Wednesday. I was quite pleased with the meeting and basically they’re saying that they continue to pray for this nation, they continue to pray for their leaders and also knowing the importance of getting people vaccinated and following the protocols. And so they were assuring us that they are talking to their pastors, to their organization, to the members of their organization to ensure that when we open up – and we had agreed that churches can open and operate at a 50% and keep also the social distancing within the church and they’re going to ask their pastors to be responsible and that we know the love they have to spread the word but we are living in the times of COVID and we have to be very careful and so they’re going to be appealing to all pastors to adhere by the rules set by the Ministry of Health because it is important also for the health of their own flock and also to encourage our citizens and the members of their flock to get vaccinated because they do understand and realize that one of the best ways to get out of the pandemic is by getting vaccinated.”

Reporter: Is there a date that you’re looking at for the reopening of churches ?

John Briceno, Prime Minister of Belize: “Yes it should have been from last week but it’s going to be in the SI this week so certainly this weekend churches will be able to open up and to operate at 50% capacity.”