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Jun 1, 2020

Curfew Still in Place, Slight Relaxation for Fridays & Saturdays!

Michael Peyrefitte

As you know by now, the new Statutory Instrument number seventy-eight of 2020, the Belize Constitution (Emergency Powers) Regulations came into effect today, June first.  As was announced last Friday, several of the measures in place are being relaxed and on Saturday, Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte appeared on the Ask the Experts webcast to break down those changes. The curfew, as you know, remains in place from Sunday to Thursday and on Friday and Saturday the public gets an additional hour, which means you go in your homes by nine p.m.  Here’s how Peyrefitte explains it.

 

Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General

“You are allowed to be on the street or in a public place or public space five o’clock in the morning up to eight in the night. So, come eight in the night, they even blow a horn to warn you that if you heard ears and stay out longer you gwein dah jail. So, five dah mornings you can be on the street and then eight dah night you have to be inside. The new position is this; it will still be five in the morning. Five dah morning you go on the street if you have business on the street. But on Fridays and Saturdays the curfew will be extended from eight to nine p.m. So on Friday and Saturday nights the curfew dah nine o’clock so if you are out after nine you will be arrested and charged for breaking curfew. So, there is still a curfew.   During the period of public emergency up to June thirtieth, a person’s right to move in any public place and any public road is restricted to movement during the hours of five a.m to eight p.m from Sunday to Thursday and during the hours of five a.m and nine a.m for the following purposes; purchasing essential needs; attending to medical and veterinary attention; emergencies; an essential worker or employee; home health care provider; essential worker or employee of an approved business; a person seeking or obtaining services of an approved business; exercising by running, jogging, walking or cycling. So,  exercise hours have changed; you can now exercise any time you want during the day from five dah morning to eight dah night Sunday to Thursday. Friday and Saturday you could walk, jog, run or cycle anytime from five dah morning to nine dah night.”

 

For those of you under sixteen years of age, you also get a slight breather when it comes to curfew hours. You are allowed to be in public between the hours of five to eight in the morning and six to eight in the night, but you must be in the company of a parent or guardian.


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