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Belize City, Belize Central America

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📣 MAIN TERMS AND Definations to be fully aware:                      📣 “COVID-19” – means the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov), which is an infectious disease caused by a virus which, having emerged during 2019, was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation on the 11th March, 2020;                      📣 “emergency area” – means the area declared to be under a public state of emergency under the Proclamation;                      📣 “essential service” means the offices listed in Schedule I; “essential worker” means an employee of an essential service;                      📣 “social distancing” includes the practice of staying home, avoiding crowds and refraining from touching one another and maintaining a distance of no less than three feet from other persons.                      📣 Need Food Assistance? | ¿Necesita asistencia alimentaria (comida)? – Para Idioma en Español llamar los Numeros : 631-2065 | 636-0423 | 626-4764.                      📣 For English language call: 636-5743 | 627-3634 | 629-8100 |631-9158 | 630-8502 | 607-8053 | 624-8532 | 606-9900 | 631-3359 | 621-4247 | 627-2062 | 607-6178 | 630-1081.                      📣 Please note the numbers for Food Assistance at the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation. The Ministry asks that you please bear patience if you cannot get through.
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Summary Update on the Relief Program

June 11 - Summary Report of Unemployment Relief Program. Final-2

Up to the end of May, a total of $15.8 million including approximately $133,000 in bank charges were paid out to persons in the Unemployment Relief Programme. The Government of Belize issued an update on the unemployment relief programme stating that up to June 5, a total of 44,552 applications have been approved by the Economic Oversight Team.

Up to the end of May, a total of $15.8 million including approximately $133,000 in bank charges were paid out to persons in the Unemployment Relief Programme. The Government of Belize issued an update on the unemployment relief programme stating that up to June 5, a total of 44,552 applications have been approved by the Economic Oversight Team. 45% of those were recently laid off persons; 24% were self-employed persons who lost their work; and 31% applied as long-term unemployed persons. Approximately 4750 vendors have been approved including vendors of tacos and other food, art and craft, clothes vendors.The report indicated that about 94% of all approved applications have been successfully paid. If all remaining applications were to be approved, the total costs would approximate $66 million to pay every applicant for a 3-month period. 34,400 or so application were not approved and included approximately 4,200 “recently unemployed” applicants who provided no employer information; 9,300 self-employed/independent contractors who face no information on the nature of their work; an additional 1,800 self-employed/independent contractors who say they are vendors but gave no further information; and 9,000 long-term unemployed who had no information on employment to provide.  According to the Government, if the decision to extend the program is taken, it would require greater institutional formality, including locating it within a relevant government ministry; and considering whether the temporary arrangement for SSB to function as the single paying agent should continue.

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