Up to the weekend, cross-district travels were authorized for essential purposes only. A video circulated on social media which was captured at the San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi in San Pedro shows a mass of persons gathered at the terminal without any adherence to social distancing in Police presence. Operators of these vessels, buses, and airplanes still have a task in ensuring that persons carry out the necessary precautionary measures in line with SI #62.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “I made it clear to Mr.Noble in San Pedro that under no circumstances is he allowed to alter the law or to work in favor of anything that goes against the national law and I also spoke to Minister Heredia and I explained to him what was my position from a police standpoint in terms of what the police will enforce and he understood and since then I have not been getting any complaints so I take it that they are in full compliance. I will be visiting San Pedro tomorrow and I’ll be going to Caye Caulker as well because I want to see what is happening on the island. I just got a video a while ago which shows a number of persons coming off a vessel and obviously social distancing was not being maintained and my message to them is to ensure that they adhere to social distance protocol because the operators of these water ferry must ensure that they have the proper markings to indicate to their customers where they’re to stand maintaining social distance and if it is that the persons are coming off the boat then they too must coordinate how people come off the boat while maintaining social distance. Likewise the people must ensure that they’re wearing masks at all times and if it is that they cannot comply with the legal requirements then they’re going to be arrested and then we will stop the water taxi from running because the health of our people come first.”
While these operators will be held liable, the customers are also requested to follow these regulations.