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Apr 3, 2020

CitCo Running on Skeleton Staff Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Bernard Wagner

The economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis is widespread and across the country municipal administrations are feeling the financial crunch.  Of the four hundred and twenty employees on staff at the Belize City Council, all of them retain their current posts.  The gravity of the existing situation, however, has forced City Hall to reduce its operations considerably, since it does not receive a monthly subvention from central government.  Mayor Wagner says that CitCo has been running on a skeleton staff since March twenty-third.

 

Bernard Wagner, Belize City Mayor

“What we did, remember when COVID first came on stream we ensured that we put in place our plan here at the City Hall.  Actually, we have been down to skeletal staff.  Of our four hundred and sixty staff members, we had one hundred and twenty people working and that included sanitation, cemetery offices, market offices and then we had the IT and the finance departments working remotely and that came into effect from the March twenty-third, that was in effect.  So we had limited traffic at the third floor level, limited traffic at the second floor level and limited traffic at the first floor level.  So we are encouraged by that and so based on the timeline we could say that we had put in place some mitigating components to ensure that if this turns out that way, it would be a limited number of people impacted.  And so, that was in place from the time around March twenty-third.”


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