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May 14, 2020

Swimming is Now Allowed!

Michael Peyrefitte

You can also now beat the heat in the pool or river or the sea. AG Peyrefitte says you are now allowed to go swimming but with some limitations to socializing on the poolside or the seaside. And for those divers and snorkelers, you are also allowed to engage in some recreation, but you cannot go fishing for leisure while you engage in these water activities.

 

Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General

“All public pools, beaches and rivers are open to the public for the specific purpose of swimming on the following conditions. What are we opening the pools and rivers and sea for? It’s to swim but even when you go to river and sea, you must strictly adhere to social distancing protocols, except as it relates to parents and guardians of children of the same party. So, if four or five people want to go to swim and you have a young child and want to dip the child in the sea then clearly you have to be close to that child. No more than ten persons in the same party or the same group can go together and hang out by the river. Social gatherings, picnics and other similar gatherings are prohibited. You go to the river and sea to swim.  Dive Shops and Scuba Diving and snorkeling are also now allowed. So if you are a dive shop you are now allowed to open from five in the morning to seven at night. So, no night diving only from five in the morning to seven at night. However, whilst you are scuba diving you are not allowed to engage in any fishing activity because you still can’t fish for sport or anything like that. No spear fishing. You scuba dive and observe the beautiful underwater world we have in Belize. Do not shoot any fish. Do not go fishing for sport or anything like that. We are getting some reports that some people may use it as an excuse to go and swim, but then fish for sport – you will be arrested and charged.”


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