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Apr 6, 2020

Cayo District Placed Under Enhanced Quarantine

Dean Barrow

Late this afternoon, the Prime Minister released a recorded statement after today’s meeting of the National Oversight Committee. PM Dean Barrow announced new measures. The first is that the entire Cayo District will be placed under quarantine.  The Cayo District has recorded three of the seven COVID-19 cases.  Buses will no longer run to and from the Cayo District and movements within the district will be further restricted as a containment measure similar to San Pedro where only two cases of the COVID-19 have been detected. The stringent quarantine measures will also include shorter working hours and opening time for those businesses which are allowed to operate during the State of Emergency. Those measures also apply to businesses around country.

 

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“For the protection of the public, the entire Cayo District must now be placed under quarantine. During this period of an enhanced lockdown for Cayo, random testing will be greatly expended throughout the district. Everybody tells us that the way to slow if not completely halt the spread of the virus is to do as much testing as possible. We do have for the moment an adequate supply of kits and we are trying to get more. So during the period of this lockdown let me repeat the Ministry of Health will do greatly increased surveillance and random testing to try to get a handle on this thing particularly in the first instance in the Cayo District because of the fact of three cases having come from there. Of course no lock down can be entirely without exception, certain obvious exception. In the case of Cayo the exceptions have to be severely limited. Accordingly, people in Cayo will be strictly confined to the following activities: procuring food and medicine, procuring fuel and finance. Thus grocery shops and pharmacies will be opened but during reduced hours. Fuel stations will also operate during reduced hours and banks, credit unions and other lending institutions they will only be able to operate between the hours of eight a.m. and twelve noon. Naturally bus transportation to and from the Cayo District will cease all together.”


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