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The new norm; Masks and social distancing

The new norm under Covid-19 entails the wearing of masks, social distancing, and washing hands frequently.  With a community spread happening and several clusters identified, we set out to the streets of the old capital to see how abiding residents are of these Covid-19 precautions.  Key areas of concern were public transportation including buses and boats.  Unlike several photos that have popped up on social media, our newsroom was unable to spot anyone person not wearing a mask.  Love News visited the Novelo’s Bus terminal, San Pedro Belize Express, and Ocean Ferry Water Taxi terminal and we were able to speak to a Security Officer at Ocean Ferry, tasked with enforcing the measures. 

The new norm under Covid-19 entails the wearing of masks, social distancing, and washing hands frequently.  With a community spread happening and several clusters identified, we set out to the streets of the old capital to see how abiding residents are of these Covid-19 precautions.  Key areas of concern were public transportation including buses and boats.  Unlike several photos that have popped up on social media, our newsroom was unable to spot anyone person not wearing a mask.  Love News visited the Novelo’s Bus terminal, San Pedro Belize Express, and Ocean Ferry Water Taxi terminal and we were able to speak to a Security Officer at Ocean Ferry, tasked with enforcing the measures.

Andy Myers, Chief of Security

Andy Myers, Chief of Security: “People are complying with the rules especially for their safety you know what I mean because for example if you don’t wear the mask then you could be affected also. So it’s very important for you to wear the mask and as soon as they enter the door I spray them and we sanitize the boat, we enforce the ten feet social distance. Everything is going perfectly correct. We also have assisting me we have two police officers along with myself.”

Reporter: When it comes to the boat runs how has that been ?

Andy Myers, Chief of Security: “Well yesterday we had three runs and today we only have two, we have an eight o’clock and the last one is at four thirty. A lot of people’s concern is that they’re scared to go to the cayes but we’re telling them the caye is safe. This is just a pandemic so you just have to keep yourself safe and everything will be okay. Hand sanitizer we have a lot of that and then the spraying and the social distancing on the boat also because as you see we have big boats; Ocean Ferry has always been there for our customers so we try to do our best to support all Belizeans.”

Under the new State of Emergency regulation, business owners will now be held accountable for their customer’s negligence once inside their establishment.