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Mar 13, 2020

COVID-19 Causes Cancellations

But aside from the cruise ships and hotel cancellations, there are other movements to note. NICH is cancelling a research conference which was scheduled for later this month that would have attracted foreign and Belizean researchers as well as students. While there are no bans on mass events, organizers of the hot ticket concert scheduled for the weekend, have called it off due to the many risks associated with COVID-19.  This evening, the Benny’s Hurricanes suspended its participation in the 2020 NEBL season for the next thirty days.  Marketing Manager Ian Mariano says that, after consulting with members and board members, the decision was mainly based on the health and safety of players and fans.


Ian Mariano

Ian Mariano, Marketing Manager, Benny’s Hurricanes

“When we look upon safety of our players and our fans we have to make a responsible decision and that is to actually postpone our involvement in the season until the government and the people have a better hold on this situation. We believe that it would be of better service to our country and fans.”


Hipolito Novelo

“And this was in consultation with members, players and the board?”


Ian Mariano

“Well of course, obviously this game would have been probably the biggest game of the season I could say that hands down so we had to meet. We have a board. We examined our choices. We wanted to come up with the best possible decisions. As a responsibility to our sponsors and fans, we thought this was the best way to go. We were looking just postponing probably over a weekend or so but we believe that this situation is not going to get any better any time soon and so we wanted to do the prudent thing and so we decided to withdraw the team’s participation for about four to six weeks so we can better monitor it. Then from there we can chart the way forward.”


As to the state of schools, classes are to continue at public schools countrywide to avoid disruption in the school calendar and other adverse effects triggered by school closures. The Ministry of Education confirmed this and says it continues to work closely with the Ministry of Health, UNICEF and other key partners to actively monitor the development of the corona virus.  Instead it is focusing on prevention by re-enforcing good hygiene as well as encouraging the frequency of custodial cleaning at school sites and central offices. We note that some private institutions are preparing for online study.

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