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State of Emergency regulations further relaxed

Things are slowly returning to normal as the Government announced a further relaxation of the State of Emergency regulations. Rather than the usual press conference by the Prime Minister, a press release was issued, which was followed by an edition of Ask The Experts featuring Attorney General, Michael Peyrifitte.

Things are slowly returning to normal as the Government announced a further relaxation of the State of Emergency regulations. Rather than the usual press conference by the Prime Minister, a press release was issued, which was followed by an edition of Ask The Experts featuring Attorney General, Michael Peyrefitte. Perhaps most notable about the new changes are an extension to the curfew hours. Peyrefitte explained what the new hours will look like.

Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, Minister of National Security/ Attorney General:From Sunday to Thursday curfew ends from five in the morning til ten at night. Let me repeat. Starting tomorrow morning, because all of this comes into effect tomorrow morning Friday 12th of June, when you wake up in the morning tomorrow morning five o’clock is when the curfew ends and so you can be out on the street at five and then once you’re out on the street at five then you must be in – because tomorrow is a Friday – by midnight because tomorrow is Friday.”

Dorian Pakeman, Government of Belize Press Office: “So tomorrow is the first day.

Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, Minister of National Security/ Attorney General: “Sunday to Thursday it’s 5 am to 10 pm; Friday and Saturday it’s 5am to midnight. This is the curfew for children, from Sunday to Thursday from five in the morning until eight in the morning you can be out but you must be accompanied by your parent or your guardian. From 8am to 6pm you can be out by yourself without a parent or a guardian and from 6pm to 10pm Sunday to Thursday you can be out but with a parent or a guardian. The curfew applies to children similarly on Friday you can be out with your parent or guardian in the evenings now from 6pm to midnight.”

The AG also discussed the hours that certain businesses will now be able to operate.

Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, Minister of National Security/ Attorney General: “Starting tomorrow all public servants are to report to work at 8am and they report off of work at four thirty on Friday pursuant to the Public Service regulations. Starting next week Monday 8am to 5pm so all times go back to pre-COVID-19 restrictions. All businesses that will be allowed to open can operate within five in the morning to ten at night Sunday to Thursday or five in the morning to midnight Friday and Saturday however all businesses must close one hour before the curfew starts.”

He then went on to explain the types of businesses that are still required to stay closed during the State of Emergency.

Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, Minister of National Security/ Attorney General: “The following establishments and businesses shall remain closed: discotheques, bars, rum shops, night clubs- closed. Don’t try to convert a night club into your house and say you’re at home, don’t get cute. If you have a night club license you are not allowed to open. If you have a bar license, a publican license you’re not allowed to open as a publican establishment. If you own a discotheque you can’t open, not as yet. Daycare centers, child care centers, nurseries and other similar establishments or businesses still cannot open.”

As it relates to social gatherings, the number of persons allowed has gone from forty to one hundred with the condition that social distancing protocols are followed.  Spas and gyms are now being allowed to fully operate while parks, playgrounds can be fully utilized.  Contact sports are now being permitted including volleyball, basketball and football.