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Aug 5, 2020

AG Calls on the Public to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

Michael Peyrefitte

In his comments to the press, the Attorney General begged the Belizean public to refrain from risky activities such as illegally crossing the border and buying contraband because these can increase exposure to the virus. He says that the use of masks and social distancing should not be disregarded.


Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General

“The wearing of the mask and social distancing becomes even more important and that is what we continue to push for and continue to practice good hygiene; wash your hands. I think we have been good. I think the whole border jumping situation is something that we have to – I don’t know. I have been to the frontlines and seen the police officers and coast guard are doing more than their fair share to try and stem it and stop it but if people are insisting on doing it then it becomes next to impossible to plug all the holes because the borders are so porous and certain places are so easy for them to cross. So we have to beg, beg the Belizean people not to engage in any form of border jumping and as well not to support those who do. If you are buying the beers and contraband stuff then people will go for it. So, if you don’t support that type of illegal business then people won’t jump the border for that business because they won’t have any market to sell to. The more we encourage it; we are contributing to that border jumping. So, all we can do is to ask the public to cooperate with us. This is a disease that can kill us.  The police and security apparatus would do all we can but we would much prefer not to be locking up people left, right and center. We would much prefer to have people abide by the law, use their good common sense to ensure that we don’t get any more of this disease and we don’t spread it anymore.”


And this just in…Scotia Bank has announced that it will not reopen its San Pedro branch until August eighth since one employee has tested positive.  B.E.L. has also issued a release saying that an employee is reporting symptoms similar to that of the virus. 

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